Dear Friend of AYEA,
This year, we would like to involve you in organizing theAfrican Youth Education Awards (AYEA 2019) in a different and important way.
And here is why:
Since 2011, AYEA has awarded hundreds of prizes in kind and cash to those African students and parents in Hamburg who have most inspired us by way of education. By recognizing their commitments to the acquisition of valuable knowledge and skills, AYEA lets them know that the African community is interested in their progress. This has inspired so many of our youth to work hard and to live purposeful lives.
Moreover, the AYEA ceremony has also been an occasion for meaningful interaction amongst and between Africans of varying socio-economic backgrounds and others. Out of this has arisen some inspiring ideas, friendships, collaborations, and even job opportunities!
AYEA has, therefore, brought our community closer, moved it forward, and given Africans in the diaspora an occasion they can be proud of. But as AYEA has grown, so has the challenges. This year, we have an outstanding list of candidates for the awards and expect as many as 500 guests. While we are encouraged by the growing interest, we, unfortunately, lack the resources to accommodate all. Luckily, some individuals and organizations have stepped up to help. However, we still have a significant budget gap to close.
The AYEA team has been working pro bono for months. Your contributions will energize them and ensure they can put forth a ceremony that you and the rest of the community can be very proud of.
The AYEA Team
"I received the award in 2018 and it was a very special moment for me. I felt honoured to get the award and it pushed me to do more with my life. Chinemerem Abbott (Nigerian), engineering student at the Technical University Hamburg- Harburg: "the awards was a form of motivation: it taught me that if you work hard, the African community will recognize and support you."
"The awards was a form of motivation: it taught me that if you work hard, the African community will recognize and support you. Precious Sabottka (Ghanaian), professional painter and 2016 award recipient".
"After finishing my volunteer work in 2016, I wanted to stay here. But my school certificate was not recognized and I was having difficulties finding an apprenticeship. At AYEA 2018, I met an official from the Ugandan Embassy in Berlin to whom I explained my situation. He connected me to an employer for which I currently work as an apprentice.
Samuel Bawala (Ugandan), an apprentice and AYEA Awadee".