4th Annual Gala

When: Sunday May 22nd  ||   1:00 – 5:00pm Where: Moraga, CA   2016 Major Donors & Sponsors Guardian Angel ($10,000 and more) Terri Khonsari & Dr. Hamid Khonsari Family Advocate ($1,200 and more) Bank of the West Wealth Management, BNP Paribas Group BASS Medical Grou
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First Street Cleaning Initiative in Makeni by Families Without Borders Students

Families Without Borders’ committed college students cleaning the streets of Makeni as part of their community service. This is the third time doing so since they imagined the project. The city looks cleaner than it has ever before and people are slowly learning to appreciate wa
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Entrepreneurship Workshop

Followed by the leadership retreat, we held a short entrepreneurship workshop for our college students. The students were challenged to come up with start-up business ideas that would solve a social problem in their country. As a result of this entrepreneurship program, three simple b
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College Student Leadership Retreat

In February 2016, we held our first transformation leadership retreat at Beach no. 2 near Freetown for the college students currently in our scholarship program. Our students engaged in team-building and leadership exercises. They were inspired through motivating discussions and activ
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Ibrahim’s Graduation Commencement

Our very first college student, Ibrahim, officially had his undergraduate commencement in February 2016. Everyone at Families Without Borders was incredibly proud that he was rewarded for his hard work and received his degree. The founder, Terri Khonsari, participated in-person and te
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3rd Annual Gala

3nd Annual Gala When: Sunday, October 18, 2015 Where: Moraga, CA 2015 Major Donors & Sponsors Platinum Sponsors Terri Khonsari & Dr. Hamid Khonsari Susan Warner Silver Sponsors Dr. Shahab Aftahi Dr. Ray Rassai Bronze Sponsors Sonbol Aliabadi Atessa Chehrazi & Karl Krooth R
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New Literacy and Development Program for College Students

Along with selecting new students, we are also increasing our incentive for our students to give back to the villages. In Sierra Leone it is common for college students to cut ties with the rural areas of the county. We are changing this norm by encouraging our students to support the
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Technology Center Update

Ibrahim, our first sponsored student, and now our first college graduate is managing the center. Our tech center is the only public high-speed internet service in Makeni (3rd largest city in Sierra Leone) and we are very much proud of it. We connect people in that town to the world. A
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Ebola Update

When Ebola hit the region of Makeni, where our students live and attend university, people were completely taken off guard. While the local government attempted to contain and fight the disease in the Kenema and Kailahun districts, Makeni did not receive any aid or supplies. Though th
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Update on our College Students from Terri Khonsari

As we continue to empower locals this year we will be supporting the higher education of more than 20 students at University of Makeni in Sierra Leone. This includes our existing students and those that I interviewed and selected to start supporting this year. We will have students wh
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Help Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is currently dealing with its largest crisis since the eleven year civil war that ended in 2002. The country, while in a peaceful, democratic period, is still in the process of rebuilding its infrastructure and is now facing detrimental setbacks due to the rapid spread of
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First Public High-Speed Internet Access in Makeni

Although Makeni is the fourth-largest city in Sierra Leone and boasts the University of Makeni, it has no public locations for high-speed internet access other than on the campus itself, where it is available only for students. Families Without Borders was making plans to develop a te
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Community Farms—A Model for Sustainable Development in Villages

During our visit to Sierra Leone in January 2013, we discussed ways to develop village funds for emergencies and infrastructure. Families Without Borders met with local residents to brainstorm ideas. All agreed that agriculture was the best fit. We chose the two most proactive village
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From School Supplies to Generators to School Farms—How It Began

Sometimes people ask how Families Without Borders began promoting school farms. We didn’t intend to originally. During my first trip to Sierra Leone in 2009, we visited Njadihun and provided school scholarships and school supplies for the children in that village. This was a great fir
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Water Wells Completed in Sembehun and Falaba

One of the main obstacles to better health in Sierra Leone is the lack of clean water and sanitation. Two of the seven villages we serve do not have clean water, so residents had to make long walks to obtain water to use for bathing, cooking and cleaning dishes. People who have lived
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School Building Project Complete!

After two years of remotely managing our school building project, Families Without Borders has finished all of our school structures. Now local families can count on permanent schools. This not only supports children’s education immediately, but reinforces the importance of education
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2nd Annual Gala

2nd Annual Gala When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 Where: San Francisco, CA 2013 Major Donors & Sponsors Gold Sponsor Terri Khonsari & Dr. Hamid Khonsari Silver Sponsor Cindy Fuzie & Mass Mutual Susan Negrin of Adobe Systems Bronze Sponsor Argent Bank Walnut Creek, Marvin W
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Trip Report – Africa

Dear Friends, As I sat down to write this report I started to think how grateful I am for the passion of those involved with Families Without Borders and how thankful I am for all your support in improving lives among our Sierra Leonean families across the oceans. Thanks to all your s
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1st Annual Gala (Season’s Greetings and Holiday Fundraiser)

2012 Major Donors & Sponsors Terri Khonsari & Dr. Hamid Khonsari Mani & Dr. Khosrow Sigaroudi Pars Equality Center Pledge to Humanity Lydia Vidovich SImi & Dr. Barry Chehrazi Nasrin Naseh Shohreh Malek Please join us for a fun brunch with good food, African dance and d
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Global Citizen Award

Please join us on UN Day celebration in Berkeley International house on October 21st for dinner and award ceremony! We will be honored by the United Nations Association in the East Bay for our work in Sierra Leone. We are grateful for the support of our friends and partners. To learn
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Purchase Your Tickets NOW for our 4th Annual Gala!

Supporting Economic Development through Education & Empowerment in Sierra Leone.
We are planning an amazing event! Hope to see you there.

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Dear Friends,

Please join us for a beautiful Sunday BBQ to help support the economic development in Sierra Leone through education and empowerment!

Enjoy Gourmet Persian BBQ, Live Entertainment, Auctions and Raffles as you share in our work by giving to less fortunate families.

Every dollar raised can have a huge impact on families and children’s lives. Your contribution will provide college scholarships, adult literacy training, street orphan outreach and other programs. At the end of the day we are all part of one BIG family and that’s our Human Family!

Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you on May 22nd.

Love,
Terri

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Student Incentives: Adult Literacy and Development Program in Villages

Beginning this year our students are required to complete literacy training and then spend time in the villages using that training to teach to men and women in the village. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to come up with their own development projects in villages and fund them using grants from Families Without Borders. The program is not only meant to help meet village needs but give our students the opportunity to utilize leadership, business and financial management.

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Technology Center Update

Our Technology Center in Makeni is now open and operating. Ibrahim, our first college graduate, manages the center and our college students are running it day to day. The center is both a resource for our students as well as being open to the public. We are the first to provide high speed internet and public Wifi to Makeni!

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College Student Update from our Founder

During my trip in July of 2015 I was able to conduct many interviews for our college scholarship program and select the top candidates to start in the fall. I'm excited to announce including our existing students beginning this fall we will have 21 students on full scholarship.
Our first superstar college graduate, Ibrahim, has begun a high-paying management job, is running our technology center and is happy to begin sponsoring a student this fall. This will be the first student of the second generation - sponsored by our first graduate...

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Ebola Update from our Founder, Terri Khonsari

After my first visit to Sierra Leone in July of 2015 I am happy to report about what our relief fund has done for the people of Makeni and the surrounding villages. Through a partnership with University of Makeni, Families Without Borders was able to send $33,000 for Ebola related issues during 2014 and earlier part of 2015. The money was used directly on the ground to provide food, preventative and educational supplies, medical supplies, survivor aid and much more...

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Help Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is currently dealing with its largest crisis since the eleven year civil war that ended in 2002. The country, while in a peaceful, democratic period, is still in the process of rebuilding its infrastructure and is now facing detrimental setbacks due to the rapid spread of Ebola everywhere. Ebola has hit every major city in Sierra Leone and despite efforts to contain the virus, it continues to spread and worsen the health of the population. Families Without Borders is putting its full efforts in helping Makeni, home to the university that our college students attend, develop the medical infrastructure necessary to Fight Ebola.

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College Students Working for Change

Very few families have the money to send even the brightest of students to college. We are proud to sponsor promising students to attend institutions of higher education to further their opportunities and make a difference in their families and communities. We promote a “Pay it Forward” culture within our college scholarship program, whereby each student is required to sponsor a student themselves upon graduation, as well as to select a village to advocate for. Currently, five students are receiving scholarships, with another three starting in fall 2014.

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First Public High-Speed Internet Access in Makeni

Although Makeni is the fourth-largest city in Sierra Leone and boasts the University of Makeni, it has no public locations for high-speed internet access other than on the campus itself, where it is available only for students. Families Without Borders was making plans to develop a technology center in Makeni when student Ibrahim Kalokoh visited Silicon Valley tech companies during his agency-sponsored U.S. trip. This trip included planned tours in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to Google, Facebook, Citrix, Adobe, Plug and Play, Tech Shop and some of the smaller IT firms.

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Community Farms—A Model for Sustainable Development in Villages

During our visit to Sierra Leone in January 2013, we discussed ways to develop village funds for emergencies and infrastructure. Families Without Borders met with local residents to brainstorm ideas. All agreed that agriculture was the best fit. We chose the two most proactive villages—Njadihun and Sembehun—for our pilot community farm project.

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From School Supplies to Generators to School Farms—How It Began

Sometimes people ask how Families Without Borders began promoting school farms. We didn’t intend to originally. During my first trip to Sierra Leone in 2009, we visited Njadihun and provided school scholarships and school supplies for the children in that village. This was a great first step, but we discovered that it was hard for the children to do their homework, because in Sierra Leone children attend school in the morning and help their parents in the farms in the afternoon. By evening it’s too dark to do homework, since families have no electricity in their homes.

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Water Wells Completed in Sembehun and Falaba

One of the main obstacles to better health in Sierra Leone is the lack of clean water and sanitation. Two of the seven villages we serve do not have clean water, so residents had to make long walks to obtain water to use for bathing, cooking and cleaning dishes. People who have lived all their lives with the convenience of clean tap water can hardly imagine what a hardship it is to have to carry in all your own water.

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School Building Project Complete!

After two years of remotely managing our school building project, Families Without Borders has finished all of our school structures. Now local families can count on permanent schools. This not only supports children’s education immediately, but reinforces the importance of education in these villages.

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From Grass-roots to Technology

This video was produced as part of a bid to win a grant from a major technology corporation in California. Should we be successful, the money will be used to bring computer training to more families and further our bid to bring sustainable growth to the less fortunate in Sierra Leone. We will post updates as we make progress towards, what we hope will be, a yet another stepping stone in our work.

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