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ESCUELA MODERNA KEREWAN KINDERGARTEN OPENS IN THE GAMBIA

In 2013, AAI sponsored its second secular school and the first private secular school in the Gambia, the Escuela Moderna Kerewan Kindergarten (EMKK), in the city district of Kerewan in partnership with the Gambia Secular Assembly (an AAI Affiliate).  The school was established to replace a Christian school that was closing in the area.  The Escuela Moderna school opened with 3 full classes of students in September 2013.

The Escuela Moderna Kerewan Kindergarten (EMKK) is modeled on the Escuela Moderna ("Modern School") method developed by Spanish educational reformer and activist Francisco Ferrer in the first decade of the 20th century.  This method is also known today as the "Montessori" method of teaching.

The Escuela Moderna Kerewan Kindergarten was conceived by the Gambia Secular Assembly to address the lack of private secular schooling in The Gambia.  While public schools are available in the country, many families prefer to have their children attend private schools where classes are smaller and additional services such as meals and day care are available.  Before the EMKK opened, all of the private schools in the Gambia were run by religious organizations that included religious indoctrination to their faith as part of their educational program.

As part of the opportunity to adopt and convert this failing school, the Gambian Ministry of Education required the GSA to to agree to put in a number of property and building improvements and repairs by the end of the Spring 2014 semester to bring the site up to code.  The GSA immediately launched a capital improvements campaign to raise the funds needed to meet this challenge.


Learn more about the school and the
construction upgrade campaign here.

Please consider supporting this campaign
to make this school a permanent success.


Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief


Support AAI and the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society for the Recovery and Rehabilitation of the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines!

As the Philippines reels from the blow of the largest typhoon on record, the AAI Foundation, along with AAI's Philippine affiliate, the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS), is working to raise funds to provide short-term local support of basic needs for families on the islands of Leyta and Cebu - the hardest-hit islands by the storm - while larger recovery and rebuilding efforts come into place.

Funding is needed for the provision of fresh water, shelter blankets, and fuel to help families survive until the Philippine military and established international agencies can get established.  With members already on the ground, PATAS is poised to deliver short-term services.

THE NEED IS GREAT, BUT EVERY AMOUNT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  Your donations to the AAI Foundation will go directly to PATAS and their relief efforts.  If you live in the US, your donation will also be tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt for your donation from AAI for your records and use.

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Recuperación y Ayuda Por las Filipinas


¡APOYA a la AAI y a la Sociedad de Ateos y Agnósticos Filipinos en su lucha por Recuperación y Ayuda a las víctimas del Tifón Haiyan en las Filipinas!
 
Mientras que las Filipinas sufren las consecuencias del Tifón más grande registrado jamás, la AAI Foundation junto con la organización afiliada de la AAI en las Filipinas, la Sociedad de Ateos y Agnósticos Filipinos (PATAS por sus siglas en inglés), están trabajando para recolectar fondos que provean apoyo en el corto plazo para satisfacer las necesidades básicas de familias en las islas de Leyta y Cebu - las más afectadas por la tormenta - mientras esfuerzos más importantes son puestos en funcionamiento.
Se requiere de la financiación para proveer de agua, mantas para los refugios, comida y combustible que permitan a las familias sobrevivir hasta que el ejército de las Filipinas y agencias internacionales de ayuda hayan podido establecer sus operaciones. Con miembros ya trabajando en el área, PATAS está en una posición excepcional para apoyar en el corto plazo. El área objetivo para los esfuerzos de ayuda será la isla Hilutungan de Cebu, que fue particularmente afectada por el Tifón.
Por favor considere hacer una donación a la AAI Foundation para apoyar nuestros esfuerzos humanitarios.  LA NECESIDAD ES ENORME, PERO CUALQUIER CANTIDAD VA A HACER LA DIFERENCIA. Sus donaciones a través de la AAI Foundation irán directamente a PATAS que solo las usará para sus esfuerzos de ayuda.  AAI y PATAS proveerán reportes regulares que determinen de qué forma están utilizando sus donaciones para maximizar el impacto entre las víctimas. Si vive en los Estados Unidos, su donación también podrá ser deducida de sus impuestos. Le entregaremos un recibo de la donación emitido por la AAI para sus archivos y para que lo use.

Gracias por su apoyo y por ayudar a llevar a asistencia a un país que realmente la necesita en este momento.

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F O U N D A T I O N

The AAI Foundation, an internal program of Atheist Alliance International, supports educational projects - including through international exchanges - and advocates on behalf of atheists facing discrimination around the world, particularly in developing countries.

Recent AAI Foundation projects include:

  • Humanist Schools in Africa.
    • In 2010, AAI provided volunteer and financial support for the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Kasese, Uganda.  A team of four AAI volunteers spent 3 months at the site to assist in opening the school, including training of administrators on business practices and financial tracking as well as training of teachers in foundational concepts of humanism and nontheism. Volunteers also assisted in facilities improvement, helping in planting fences, building school furniture, and laying foundations for new buildings.  AAI has continued to be a major sponsor in providing financial assistance to support students from indigent families as well as providing capital for school expansion, including a garden and chicken coop to assist in the feeding of the students and staff.
    • In 2013, AAI provided seed money for the first private secular school in the Gambia, the Escuela Moderna Kerewan Kindergarten (EMKK), in the city district of Kerewan in partnership with the Gambia Secular Assembly.  The school was established to replace a Christian school that was closing in the area.  AAI also helped raise thousands of dollars to provide necessary repairs to bring the school up to code.  The Escuela Moderna school opened with 3 full classes of students in September 2013.
  • Legal assistance and family support for atheist oppression.

    Alexander Aan is an Indonesian man who was attacked by his neighbors, fired from his government job, and then arrested by the Indonesian police and convicted with a 3-year prison sentence for 'inciting religious hatred' after posting 'God does not exist' on his personal Facebook page.  AAI covered Alexander's legal costs and provided family support while working with local human-rights groups to campaign for his release, for a change in Indonesian law and to fundraise to assist with his family's ongoing expenses while Alexander, the family breadwinner, languishes in prison.

  • Scholarships for the next generation of humanist leaders in indigent countries

    AAI recognizes that education is the key to liberation from religious superstition, yet many people in the world do not have access to education due to economic conditions or social discrimination.  AAI has set up a scholarship fund for atheists in underdeveloped or distressed countries who wish to be trained in becoming teachers and leaders in humanism.  AAI Foundation scholarships can pay for anything from short-term training in a local program to overseas pursuit of a college degree.  Candidates are invited to provide an essay of why they would like to be considered and what they hope to accomplish with their training as well as a description of their economic and social conditions to apply.

  • Relief assistance to countries and regions devastated by natural or man-made disasters.

    In early 2010, the country of Haiti suffered a massive earthquake that leveled much of its capital city, Port-Au-Prince, and left the majority of its residence homeless.  AAI worked with our Haitian affiliate, MOJELIPH, to provide thousands of dollars to help set up water wells and sanitation shelters to provide daily survival support.

  • Overseas social work project sponsorship

    AAI organizes social work tours for groups of participants from our affiliate groups to visit our affiliates in other countries for extended periods of time to assist in the implementation of local quality-of-life improvements, such as digging water wells and cisterns, building roads and fences, bringing in electricity and plumbing, and setting up farmer's cooperatives and medical clinics. (See 'AAI Affiliate / Associate Project Proposals', below.) Our affiliates are encouraged to organize work groups who are able and willing to spend anywhere from one to six months overseas on these projects. Our affiliates also raise the money to underwrite these projects.  These projects are done under the guise of taking care of our environment and helping our fellow human-beings, as well as providing a chance for our affiliates to be seen as contributing positively to the local community.
This is where you come in.

Please consider supporting the AAI Foundation and our projects. >

AAI Foundation projects are funded primarily through directed donations to those specific projects. What we can do depends on the support we receive.  There is a lot of work to do to further atheism and secularism in the world and  we are always seeking additional projects, particularly in developing countries, where education and empirical knowledge can make huge improvements in the quality of life for communities.


 

AAI Affiliate / Associate Project Proposals

AAI Foundation projects are generally proposed by AAI's Affiliate and Associate Members.  Affiliate and Associate Members or other interested parties may submit proposals to Atheist Alliance International requesting support for an atheist/freethought project in their country or region.  At a minimum, such proposals should include: 

  • A detailed description of the proposed activity
  • The proposed dates for the project
  • The proposed venue for the project and the status of any discussions with the venue
  • A detailed budget for the project, including an explanation of all material expenditure items, supported by quotes where relevant
  • Information on other sources of funding for the project and, where relevant, the status of discussions with each other potential group or individual that may provide funding
  • The marketing/advertising plan for the project (if relevant)
  • Details of the members of the project committee, their positions and relevant experience
  • Specific details of the support requested from Atheist Alliance International

Proposals are accepted throughout the year.  To submit a proposal, please email it in electronic form to president [at] atheistalliance [dot] org.

KUHA School

You Can Make a Difference to Inoculate Ugandan Children from Magic and Superstition

In 2008, the Kasese United Humanist Association (KUHA), inaugurated the courageous goal of raising a generation of children in Uganda grounded in freethought, reason, and science.  They wanted to break the generational cycle of families passing on myths of magic and superstition and replace it with a solid foundation to allow Uganda to develop the knowledge and skills to raise its communities out of poverty and build a democratic and informed society.

KUHA established a primary school in the Kilembe Valley of southwest Uganda to do just that.  This year, AAI joined their efforts by adopting the school as our first AAI Foundation volunteer project.  In September of this year, AAI sent four volunteer teachers from North America and Hong Kong to the school to assist the KUHA staff in their goals.

Those combined efforts brought great success and stature to the school.  It is now serving over 250 primary school students.  But the school is not government funded; it is paid for through student tuitions. While the tuition is not expensive - only $40 per semester, which includes a lunch for the students each day - many of these students come from families with little to no income and can afford to come to the school only through private scholarships.

Your donation can help keep these children in school.
Sponsor a child for a semester for only $40, and help the next generation of Ugandans grow up with the tools of reason and science to build a secular society.

Want to help us even more?   Join our fundraising team by setting up a website for the AAI Foundation and the KUHA school at http://www.FirstGiving.com and promote it through your Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter accounts!

 



AAI International Exchange Program

The AAI Foundation International Exchange Program provides a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to experience cultural immersion and contribute to local communities.  Through this program AAI volunteers can spend up to one year in another country supporting projects proposed by AAI Affiliate/Associate Members around the world.  Projects may include educational programs or infrastructure construction/improvements.

In 2009/2010 AAI volunteers provided financial consulting, construction assistance and teaching assistance at the Kasese Humanist Primary school in southwestern Uganda.

If you participate in the Exchange you will be fully immersed in the local culture  while making a genuine contribution to the community's prosperity and well-being.

Projects are proposed and volunteer needs identified by AAI Affiliate/Associate Members.  These may be new or ongoing projects.  Once AAI has determined that it will support a project, AAI matches volunteers (through interviews with volunteers) to that project based on skill level and interests; ensures that all local volunteer arrangements are made prior to the commencement of the project and coordinates the project schedule with the Affiliate/Associate.
 
Because of the variability of project needs and local conditions, projects may not always be available.  Once a volunteer is assigned to an Exchange project the volunteer will be required to provide a signed commitment form and a deposit to secure their place in the Exchange.  Volunteer expenses, food and accommodation are paid for by the volunteer or through funds raised by the Affiliate/Associate Member.  Proof of vaccinations and other medical requirements, travel insurance, visas and other documentation may be required by AAI before a volunteer is accepted into the International Exchange Program.