AAU is thrilled to be a part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations worldwide to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity.

Never heard of #GivingTuesday before? It all started in 2012 with a simple idea – to act as a counterweight to the consumerism encouraged by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season.

This year, we have partnered with Centrum Narovinu, which is is a non-governmental, non-profit, publicly beneficial organization established in 1995. Its projects aim at improving education, healthcare and the overall standard of living of needy people in Kenya. The organization is dedicated to running international development cooperation projects and volunteering development. All its projects emphasize long term sustainability and self-sufficiency and the active attitude of local people learning to assume responsibilities and using their own abilities.

Giving Tuesday events at AAU:

What: Photo exhibitionMy world: everyday joys by the eyes of the Kenyan children
When: from November 20th
Where: Main hall
Description: Photographs were taken by the eighth grade pupils of the elementary school „Island of Hope Humanist School“ at the community center Island of Hope in Kenya at the turn of January and February 2016. The result is a unique collection of photographs that explain the life on Rusinga Island through the eyes of the children.

What: Fair Trade Market of Center Narovinu – Kenyan gifts with a story
When: November 27th from 11:00 to 15:00
Where: Main hall
Description: African handmade soapstone products, jewellery, T-shirts, bags, as well as delicious fresh coffee beans and tea (tasting included!). You will find all of that and more in the Kenyan Fair Trade shop! More info about the shop here.

What: Buy pastries in Café des Taxis for Giving Tuesday!
When: November 27th from 11:00 to 15:00
Where: Café des Taxis
Description: We all love the scrumptious cookies, muffins, and brownies served up daily at Café des Taxis. On Giving Tuesday, you can get a pastry of your choice for doing a good deed! Buy one of CDT’s tantalizing treats and perform a charitable act while enjoying the perfect sweet taste. What could be better?

About Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built up by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28th. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.

It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better and smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

Publication date: November 20, 2018