November 2, 2013

Houston Hilton Westchase – 9999 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77042

Special Guests: “Great Day Houston” host Deborah Duncan

Author, climber and mountaineer Eric Alexander

Entertainment: The Next Level Band

6:00 – Cocktails and Silent Auction

7:30 – Dinner and Live Auction

We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment and giving. Here is some of what you can expect at our event this year:

  • We will have a fun photo booth where our guests can take personalized pictures with African backgrounds and props to take home.
  • Silent and live auctions featuring beautiful Guinean art, wonderful trips and lots of other goodies, just in time for the holidays.
  • A delicious three-course dinner provided by Rio Ranch Steakhouse.
  • Stay and dance the night away to music by The Next Level Band
  • Learn more about AFG’s work in Guinea, as well as the chance to contribute to any of our exciting projects.

This year’s “Fund-a-Need” will benefit the students and staff of Kipe High and Middle School. The proceeds will be used to install a water well, build functioning toilet facilities and provide soap.

learn more
Inadequate water supply and sanitation facilities in schools, aside from being a health hazard, affect school attendance, retention and educational performance, especially in girls.

In Guinea, 90% of public schools lack water supply and sanitation facilities including the biggest university in Conakry, which has more than five thousand students.  In addition, less than 10% of schools have hand-washing facilities next to latrines. This means that infections and diseases spread quickly and illness causes

After surveying four overpopulated schools in Conakry to collect some baseline data and identify the need, we found that each institution has between 2,500 and 3,600 students and between 70 and 140 teachers. None of these schools have water and none of the existing latrines are functional. At each school, girls were asked if they use the toilets at school and they all responded that they do not. Instead, they walk out of school to go into the neighborhood when they need to go to the restroom.
learn more
This year’s gala will benefit the 3,582 students and 42 faculty members of Kipe High and Middle Schools, as well as members of the surrounding community. Our goal is to:
– Construct water wells in the school  and help sanitize existing water through chlorination.
– Build and improve toilet and hand-washing facilities with separate lavatories for girls and boys.
– Educate and encourage the school staff and students to implement the program in their daily routine and reinforce the behavior.
– Encourage the implementation of reward programs, such as naming hand-washing champions in each school to promote the importance of cleanliness and sanitation.
– Support school participation in Global Hand Washing Day, a multi-partner global awareness-raising initiative celebrated in over 85 countries each year. The focus of the program is on schools and school-age children. Many countries use it as an opportunity to raise awareness and to launch year-round programs in schools. For example, children promote hand washing in television spots, mobile phone messages are used to reach millions of people and children sign pledges to wash their hands with soap before meals.

If you would like to volunteer, make a donation or become a sponsor, contact us.
learn more

Read about our successful 2012 gala “The Art of Friendship” here.

This entry was posted in Events and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • AFG needs your help! We depend on contributions from foundations, companies and individuals to continue our work in Guinea.

    Our primary goal is to assist hospitals and health centers in Guinea who care for the welfare of the Guinean population. We do this by providing medical aid, improving and upgrading existing infrastructure in health facilities and implementing disease prevention and treatment programs.

    We also aim to improve the overall quality of life of the population by supporting and promoting economic growth and technical development.

    You can make a difference!