I’ve had the privilege of being invited to Cote d’Ivoire to participate in a conference and perform with Diadie Baithly and Afriky Lolo for Rose Marie Guiraud, the founder of EDEC (The School of Dance and Cultural Exchange in Abidjan).
The conference and concerts will be happening this July 4th-6th in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. I will be traveling there from June 26th - July 17th, a whopping 3 weeks!! Because this is my very FIRST time visiting Africa, I extended my stay so that I will be able to fully experience the country and its culture with my close friends and mentors who are natives to the country, Diadie Bathily and Rokya Ouatarra.
I’ve been studying West African dance for 25 years and have yet to go to Africa, embarrassing I know. But now I have the chance. There’s only one thing stopping me, capital.
Being a new mom with a part time job just doesn’t afford me the opportunity to go to Africa right now. BUT I can go with some help! I don’t ask for help often, but when I do it’s for a good reason. Here are some GREAT reasons to donate:
Although Indigo won’t be traveling with me this time, because I get some time to myself to reflect and pour into myself, I’ll come back fulfilled and be able to pour more into her!
While in Abidjan, I will get to study with some of Diadie’s previous teachers and colleagues.
The training I will have will directly impact the children I teach! What I learn, they’ll learn!
It will make me VERY happy not coming back financially burdened. ❤️
It’s always a little bit easier helping someone who is helping them themself so with that in mind I’m asking for help to cover:
Airfare $1075 (roundtrip) + $200 (luggage costs + and other overages) = $1275
(mommy loaned me the money for my flight, but I have promised to repay her)
Housing ($30/night) x 20 (nights) = $600
Visa = $150
Transportation & Activities = $500
I will pay for
the endless amounts of fabric I’m going to buy LOL
Need some Incentives?!
$50-$149 donation - digital personalized thank you
$150-$300 - digital personalized thank you & 1 small graphic design service. (Ex. flyer, business card, or logo consultation (doesn’t include the design). With one revision phase. The graphic design service can be gifted to someone else.
$300+ - everything above & a small gift from my travels
I’m still in disbelief that I’m finally making the journey to Africa for first time of many. I do hope that you will consider helping me make this adventure a little less of a financial burden to me, but I promised myself that I would go regardless. Anything that you can give is a blessing and I’m grateful for it all.
Love you so very much,