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April 2014

Blog Spotlight: Tristan Slemmons

Tristan Slemmons is a long-time supporter of the foundation who has leveraged her network and position at Bank of America to support the foundation, volunteer and bring new individuals to IIF events.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Tristan Slemmons. While I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I consider Chicago home. I am the Community Relations Manager for Chicago with Bank of America.

How did you first heard about IIF?

I was first introduced to the Israel Idonije Foundation in 2010 as he was recognized as a Bank of America Local Hero. The Local Heroes program was a Bank of America award that annually recognized 5 stellar individuals for their work in the community. A selection panel selected Israel and 4 others that year among 75 applications. I believe Israel’s story resonated and was chosen because he is passionate about service and youth and sincerely making a difference.

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Project Africa: Final Day in Nyameyiekrom: Tour of Asemko, More School Building and a football match!

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

Final Day in Nyameyiekrom: Tour of Asemko, More School Building and a football match!

Today the Team began our activities with a tour of a neighboring community called Asemko. Just a few kilometers away from Nyameyiekrom, Asemko is nestled right on the sea and is a fishing village, with the majority of the men sailing out in small boats during the morning’s early hours to catch fish. In Asemko, Free the Children has already built schoolhouses as well as helped renovate a schoolhouse built by another NGO who failed to upkeep the building rendering it unusable for a few years.

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Project Africa: Water Walk and Community Tour

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

Community Tour and Water Walk

This afternoon Team IIF had a chance to learn more indepth about the livelihood of Nyameyiekrom and their local economy. Nyameyiekrom relies on the production of palm trees and the related products for most of their industry.

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Project Africa: School Building

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

School Building & Being a Part of the Community

Today Team IIF rose early and headed to the school grounds to begin work. At the site, there is one existing schoolhouse and one temporary structure made of bamboo. Izzy had a chance to chat with students who were on break and show them pictures of what American Football is and talk about what they are learning.

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Project Africa: First Visit to Nyameyiekrom

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

First visit to Nyameyiekrom

Today Team IIF had our first visit to Nyameyiekrom. The first stop on the visit was the old schoolhouse in the community, made from bamboo. The team then received a warm welcome from the entire community including the introduction of community leadership, the chief, and all the school children. It was a day of high energy and excitement and the team was early to bed…tomorrow we start work on the schoolhouse!

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Project Africa: Arrival

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

Arrival

Team IIF has arrived safely in Ghana! After over 24 hours of international travel, many hours of in country travel, and one long customs line, we have settled in to Takoradi, Ghana, the major city next to the community of Nyameyiekrom. The weather is hot but the team is eager to get to work visiting our schoolhouse and community.

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