New York-American Foundation for African Children’s Education sponsors close bell ceremony at NASDAQ with President of Sierra Leone

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SEPTEMBER 23rd 2011 :

The American Foundation for African Children’s Education is  hosting The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ . Invited to ring the Closing Bell on behalf of  The Foundation is His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, on September 23rd 2011. Since taking office in 2007, President Koroma’s primary objective has been to increase economic growth in his country. President Koroma has done this by promoting direct foreign investment and private capital inflows into Sierra Leone from international corporations and strategic investors.

PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA

Under President Koroma’s Agenda for Change, which is the country’s blueprint for economic development, several companies have contributed to the newfound economic opportunity that has arisen in Sierra Leone over the past 4 years. Some companies include the lodging company Hilton Hotels, the utility company Joule Africa, and the mining company African Minerals. Through these efforts and the maintenance of a stable sociopolitical environment, many experts in the field of African development have claimed that President Koroma is laying a strong foundation which will be conducive to economic growth in Sierra Leone going forward.

The sponsor host of this event, the American Foundation for African Children’s Education,  (AFACE), is a nonprofit that focuses on repairing primary schools in West Africa. To date, AFACE has repaired 6 schools, which has directly bettered the lives of over 8,000 African children. AFACE is proud to  host this event and its members strongly feel that promoting economic development is the best policy a post-conflict nation such as Sierra Leone can employ to better the lives of its citizens in the long run.

AFACE members believe the Closing Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ MarketSite is a great venue for increasing awareness of the dramatic positive changes that have occurred in this fast-developing West African nation. Lastly, the Closing Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ event solidifies the American Foundation for African Children’s Education’s commitment to improving primary education in Sierra Leone, where over 1,200 schools were destroyed during the civil war.

AFACE is committed to helping the next generation of children from Sierra Leone attain the learning environment and skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace and take the accomplishments of the present into the future. If anyone is interested in making a donation to the American Foundation for African Children’s Education for the repair of schools in Sierra Leone, feel free to reach out to the two contacts below.

Contact: Thomas Brigandi ,  Vice President and Director of Global Volunteers Organization: American Foundation for African Children’s Education Email: thomas.brigandi@aface.org Contact: Daniel Fridson , Director of Global Affairs Organization: American Foundation for African Children’s Education Email: daniel.fridson@aface.org

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