Greetings, family, friends, supporters, and those who just discovered EDFU! Throughout the last few years, EDFU has grown in many ways! Our programs have grown and we have more than ever going on now! Our friends and networks have extended beyond our little corners of the world in New York, USA; California, USA; England, UK; Geneva, Switzerland; Virginia Beach, VA - we are now reaching people and working with people from all over the world and are in direct contact with them weekly! Our staff has grown in numbers as well! Typically, it was just 1 or 2 people doing all the work -can you believe that? Now, we have several dedicated members!
With growth comes growing pains. We have definitely learned throughout our expansion and continue to open our minds to what is possible and what can be. Our internal theme this year is: Effective. We want everything we put our name on, produce, and touch to achieve its desired goals or cause. For you, our supporters and collaborators, we want to connect with you all regularly and consistently. Our news section will be updated weekly, every Friday. We invite you to come to our website every week to see what we have been up to, what we're currently working on, how you can be involved and what we have in store!
Another way we are aiming to keep in touch with you all is through our brand new form of communication: the NEWSLETTER! When you first logged onto this website you saw a prompt pop up to join the newsletter and we invite you to do so, to keep up to date with us on a monthly bases! No need to go out of your way to read about what we have been doing, because it will be sent to your inbox on the last day of the month, every month!
There's still time to get January's newsletter as well. If you'd like a copy please leave a comment with your email address or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Afronauts relaunched its podcast with an all new format and brand new faces! We're proud to bring you content on a more consistent basis starting this year! You can tune in to live tapings every other Sunday via Zoom; just follow the link provided by us on Facebook, Instagram or our site! We will have the video version uploaded to ourYouTube within a week of the taping, as well as an audio version on our Blogtalk station.
We mentioned new faces! We're happy to add 2 new co-hosts: MookNeto from Chicago, IL and Pete aka Paco in NYC, NY!
We really enjoy the musical talents and editing skills that MookNeto brings and look for Paco's "What's Next With Paco" every episode! You can watch our current episode here and we'd love to hear your feedback and what you would like to see on the show!
Our next show will be taped live via Zoom this Sunday, February-7, at 11:00am PST (2:00pm EST). Our guests will be: Michael Richards, Katucha Bento, and Tonia Thomas.
EDFU announced it's partnership and launched a campaign with the Ylê Asé de Yansã from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Our goal is to help them raise $37,000 to build new infrastructures to help heal their people physically and spiritually, while educating their youth and providing shelter. Their current building is collapsing and severly damaged. They have no help from the government and no resources. We invite you to learn about them here and to donate to the cause on JustGiving. Please, reach out to us if you would like to learn more or have information on more resources we can use! Land rights are now!
We will also be featuring Katucha Bento, our liaison to the Ylê Asé de Yansã on Afronuats this Sunday, February 7, during our live taping of Afronauts.
Our Bay Area Street Pantry program that feeds the hungry in Oakland, CA, USA continues to go strong! We operate every Tuesday, handing out bags of groceries from 11:30am-1:00pm PST at the Melrose Branch of the Oakland Public Library. We average 106 bags of groceries every week with over 1,000lbs of food being given away!
However, we are in need of volunteers! If you are able to handout food or be a driver to transport food on Tuesdays, please reach out to us! Donations are also appreciated! With your donations we were able to give away 40 turkeys for Thanksgiving last year and provide children with toys for Christmas!
Once again, we thank everyone for your support and sticking with us over the years! We have so many great things to bring to you in 2021 and we look forward to what is going to be a good and effective year!