Help Us Close the Achievement Gap in Atlanta

This Summer at Emmaus House

There’s no better way than Harambee to kick off each day at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program. This Swahili word translates to English as “to pull together” or “the act of joining with other people to achieve a difficult task.” Here at Emmaus House, we have pulled together for over 50 years to help families thrive in Peoplestown. Just as the Freedom School has become one of our most beloved programs, Harambee has become a central part of our vocabulary. 

Since launching our first Freedom School program in 2015, an average of
85% of our tested students have maintained or increased their reading level over the summer.

And that’s incredible, given the startling literacy statistics in Georgia:

With your help, we can continue to build a strong foundation of literacy and cultural empowerment for our students through this powerful curriculum.

We’re looking to you to help us all pull together this summer to reach our goal of raising $10,000 by July 20 for our Freedom School program! All donations made by July 20 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by a generous donor.

Let’s Pull Together for a Brighter Tomorrow

Beginning this month, we will welcome 100 scholars to our Freedom School program. The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program at Emmaus House is a summer program serving students from kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Here's how your donations will help us serve more students, and create more opportunity: 

  • Motivate young scholars to read
  • Build positive attitudes toward learning, and
  • Empower them to make a difference in themselves, their families, their communities, and their world.

We need your financial support to help our current scholars, and to help us expand our efforts next summer, so that we can involve more children from our community.

Gather Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors!

Want to help us take Harambee to the next level? Gather your friends, family, and neighbors and create a personal and/or team fundraising page in support of this campaign. All you have to do is click on "Join The Campaign."

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Meet some of the individuals and teams helping us close the achievement gap. Join us!

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