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Heroes!

With just over 24 hours to go to Sweet Salone!, here’s the lineup for what will be the last VOXevent of this kind.

Sweet Salone: Voices from Sierra Leone, SATURDAY, 7pm, University Chaplaincy, Bristo Place, Edinburgh

Our heroes for the day, supporting our every-day heroes in Sierra Leone are:

Cynthia Gentle singing the story of Salieu Kargbo

Vanessa Ombura reading her poem about Romalieu Fatmata Barrie

Charlegne Rambanapasi reading Alusine Barrie’s poem about Freetown

Keith Kirkwood telling the story of Isatu Kamara

Steve Earl telling the story of Foday Tarrawallie

Susan Killean telling the story of Abass Kamara

With illustrations by Lara Salido, Josh Belleza, Christina Skounti, Julia Scheele, and Audrey Avel Yeo; an exhibition curated by Lou Davis, and drumming by the University of Edinburgh’s African DrumSoc – all supported by EducAid Country Director Miriam Sesay-Mason and Professor of Sociology (University of Central Lancashire) Tunde Zack-Williams

A VOXedinburgh/EducAid Sierra Leone event, and part of the University of Edinburgh’s Africa Week

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sweet-salone-from-educaid-and-voxedinburgh-tickets-38069809826 (tickets are also available at the door)

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It’s SWEET SALONE!

SATURDAY, 28TH OCTOBER (7-10pm)
VOXedinburgh and EducAid present an evening of words, images and music telling the life stories of EducAid Sierra Leone staff.
Portrait exhibition, talks, songs, poetry and illustrations will tell the stories of Sierra Leoneans who have overcome adversity to educate themselves and give back to their communities.
We will also welcome the Country Director of EducAid, Miriam MasonSesay and Professor Alfred Zack-Williams in conversation.

OUR PART OF $1 BILLION OF KIVA LOANS

VOXedinburgh thanks everyone who helped Kiva reach
$1 billion of loans.
 
Yesterday, Kiva crossed $1 billion in loans to students, farmers, women, refugees and so many more entrepreneurs around the world.
Here’s how you helped make $1 billion in change!
152 loans supported
$4,650.00 In impact
37 countries
We are getting ready to re-loan this money.  If you are interested in being a part of this, let me know.
 

SAHELIYA THANKS YOU

Back in December we had a brilliant evening of storytelling.  We wanted to keep you updated with what is happening for Saheliya, the charity we have supported through Sē Balē.

Rania was one of our coordinating team for the event from Saheliya and she writes to all of us:

Dear Geoffrey,
 
First of all I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, Charlotte and everyone else from the team that took part in this project and helped our group, Young Saheliya, with the donation.
 
The money that was gathered on the night will be used to support the group to take part in the annual carnival that takes place in Liverpool. Broohaha, who are an arts and performing charity organization invited us to take part in this community celebration. The carnival will also take place in Edinburgh, mid July and the group will have the opportunity not only to be part of this big celebration but also to design their costumes, take responsibility for the documentation of the event and other activities.
 
This donation, has given us the chance to realize most of this project and we are truly grateful for the support.
 
Kind regards,
Rania.
We’ll share any further news here, but also watch out for the storytelling event happening this year, bringing amazing real stories from Sierra Leone.

THE CALLING

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As we move in 2017, there’re a number of projects we’re exploring – all with a cause of making a difference in someone’s life, somewhere.

We’re now looking for artists and artisans to help create a unique event for the first of these: poets, IT-ers, musicians, planners, storytellers,  project designers, illustrators, marketers, and more.

Get in touch with us at geoffrey@voxedinburgh.org to begin the adventure.

 

LOTS TO EXPLORE

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As we get set to leave 2016, VOX is already looking to 2017 and has a number of different ideas to explore, from small to big.

As soon as there’s more to share, you’ll be the first to know.  If you don’t want to wait and wonder if there’s something you can be involved in designing then get in touch with geoffrey@voxedinburgh.org.

For now, thank you for 2016, for helping raise £514 for Saheliya, and for continuing to reinvest around $1,700 through Kiva microloans.2-heart-and-mind-and-will-in-flux

 

EVERYONE HAS SUPERPOWERS

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Hi everyone. Don’t forget, anyone who made it last Friday and wants to find out more about their superpowers (talents and passions) can.
 
There’s a superpowers journey for one person (worth £150): if you are interested in applying for this, drop an email to geoffrey@voxedinburgh.org by Monday afternoon.
 
There’ll also be an event in the new year just exploring superpowers: watch this space.