COVID-19 Spread Prevention Effort Update
In less than a week, Sunu Foundation reached its goal of raising $1500 to help protect the youth and families we have been working with the last two years in the Medina community of Senegal (where J.A.M. camp is held). Thanks to your timely generosity, the Sunu team members in Senegal were able to gather and distribute 500 masks, as well as 1378 lbs of rice, 298 lbs of sugar, and 34 lbs of cooking oil in small care packages to support the needs of youth we currently aid. Care packages were organized and distributed last Sunday by Jean Pierre Gomis and Mamadou Diouf, two of our Sunu team members living in Senegal. We cannot be more grateful for our faithful supporters that have backed us since day one and our growing network of supporters who believe in Sunu Foundation’s […]
Support COVID-19 Spread Prevention Efforts
Dear Sunu Foundation Supporters, Based on feedback from our Sunu team members on the ground in Senegal, the Sunu Foundation feels compelled to take action. In an effort to support the wellbeing of youth we currently aid in the Medina community of Senegal (where J. A. M. camp is held), the Sunu Foundation aims to raise funds to put together small care packages for youth and their families. Care packages will include masks and hand sanitizer to promote health and safety. Our hope is to raise $1500, so at minimum we can help to protect the youth and families we have been working with for the last two years. In the video from Babacar Lapolice, Secretary of the Sunu Team in Senegal (and local middle school math teacher), he expresses concern about social distancing and lack of adequate supplies […]
Happy New Year!
It’s a new year and thanks to your support, Dogandou Elementary has a NEW CLASSROOM! It’s finally done and my goodness are the children overjoyed! Truthfully, not just the children, but the entire community is ecstatic and extremely grateful for all Sunu Foundation has been able to do for the school. Check out those sturdy walls, secure roof, windows with blinds, and doors! Students and teachers are safer, more comfortable, and feel better able to focus on their studies now that they are protected from the elements (and critters). How cool is it, that we can be a part of the reason these youth experience more academic success? The before and after photos of their classroom shows quite the difference! Let’s not forget this new classroom addition means another nearby village is able to send their children to school now! […]
Give to the Max Day MN
Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour fundraising day that encourages people to donate to nonprofits and schools all across Minnesota. This year, Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 14. The day was created by GiveMN, an independent nonprofit organization launched in 2009 by the Minnesota Community Foundation. Not only does GiveMN host the annual Give to the Max Day, but the organization also helps nonprofits and schools fundraise year-round. This year Sunu Foundation is honored to be a part of Give to the Max Day and we are hoping we can raise enough money to finish our Dogandou Elementary project. The construction crew has almost finished building the new classroom. The project, unfortunately, will come to a standstill soon because quite honestly, we need about $1,500 to finish construction and to begin renovating the other two classrooms. […]
Outcome: Bowling For A Cause
A week ago we held our first Sunu Foundation Fall Fundraiser at Park Tavern and had a great turn out, filling twelve lanes of bowlers! Huge thank you to Park Tavern for donating all the lanes so we could maximize our fundraising efforts for Dogandou Elementary School. In attendance we had family, friends, coworkers, teammates, friends of friends- and let me tell you- it really warms our hearts that the Sunu Foundation’s mission is slowly being shared wider and wider. It was great to have all these people bowling and having fun in the name of making better educational opportunities for Senegalese youth across the globe. We owe another big thank you to some local businesses for supporting Sunu Foundation and allowing us to offer fun prizes for the highest scores per game, most strikes, and most gutter balls. […]
Don’t Forget! Bowling for a Cause sign up.
How can you help Sunu Foundation’s final goal of 2019 become a reality? Come bowl with us on September 14th at Park Tavern from 4-6pm!! Honestly, the best deal is to find yourself a team to bowl with because you also get a pitcher of beer and pizza when you sign up! There are prizes being given away too so don’t miss out!! Lanes are filling up, so sign up ASAP. What is our final goal, you ask? We want to raise the funds to help build Dogandou Elementary an additional classroom and an indoor bathroom with running water. Many of us sent a child off to school this week (or have a child in our life that we care about that went back to school). That child likely has a new shirt to wear, or new shoes, or a […]
2019 Fundraising Update
Bowling For A Cause 9.14.19 Exciting news!! To date, we have been able to raise a little over $9,000 to support our mission of helping children in Senegal reach their dreams by supporting their educational needs!!! This means that Sunu Foundation can fund JAM Summer Camp for the same participants as last year (and hopefully any new young people that would like to attend) and purchase a year’s worth of school supplies to distribute at Gouye Mbaye Elementary School in Kebemere, Senegal for the second year. Sunu Foundation will additionally be able to distribute backpacks and school supplies to a new school, Dogandou Elementary School in Pire, Senegal. We are expanding our reach further into the community thanks to your generosity! After the Sunu Foundation Team in Senegal met with staff at Dogandou Elementary School they quickly realized this school […]
Bowling for a Cause
You asked, so we’re delivering! Many supporters indicated at the Second Annual Sunu Friends and Family Event that they would love the chance to invite others to hear about Sunu’s mission to help with fundraising efforts. The Sunu Foundation is partnering up with Park Tavern this fall and we’re hosting a bowling party!! Our next event will take place September 14th from 4-6pm at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park! Mark your calendar! Bowling Costs: $30 per bowler $25 each, if you register as a team of 6 and get a pizza and pitcher! Address: 3401 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426 There are limited spots available, so sign-up soon!
Second Annual Sunu Summer Fundraiser
The Sunu Foundation held our second annual summer fundraising event at the end of June to support our mission of helping the youth in Senegal. Everyone had a great time eating, drinking, and conversing while listening to tunes by DJ Pauly. Those in attendance enjoyed face painting, hair braiding, games, dancing, and viewing Senegalese artifacts. A definite highlight was the musical performance and drumming instruction by Ghana Mbaye. From the bottom of our hearts, we can’t thank you enough for making the event a success and coming out to support the Sunu Foundation. Without your generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to raise over $4,000. As Mbagnick (Ponge) shared at the event, for only $17 we can send one child to JAM’s summer camp and $30 provides one child with school supplies for one year. Closer to the time of […]
June 29th Save The Date!
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon! Learn more about Senegalese culture while enjoying free food, beverages and activities (face painting and hair braiding) followed by a new, fun main event that is certain to drum up support. We’ll have a silent auction for a chance to win some fabulous prizes such as four Twins tickets (valued at $500). Mbagnick (Ponge) Diouf will share what has already been accomplished as well as his vision for the future of Sunu Foundation – a nonprofit organization devoted to helping the children in Senegal reach their dreams by supporting their educational needs. Saturday, June 29, 2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ROC (Recreation Outdoor Center) 3700 Monterey DriveSt Louis Park, MN 55416 (click here for directions) AGENDA 3:00 – 3:45 pm Social Hour/Silent Auction Bidding/Food & Fun 3:45 – 4:00 pm Sunu Presentation 4:00 – 4:30 […]