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Radler Foundation leaders serve on Prison Entrepreneurship Program judge’s panel

July 17, 2014

Radler Foundation director BJ Goergen and programs and operations associate Casey Leiber visited the Cleveland Correctional Facility in June. Goergen and Leiber served on a judge’s panel for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program’s 2014 graduation ceremony.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) provides incarcerated felons with MBA-level instruction and mentor relationships, empowering inmates to transform their lives. For its Business Plan Competition, PEP recruits prisoners from all over Texas with strong work ethic and entrepreneurial potential. After an in-depth application process, men chosen for the competition are transferred to the Cleveland Correctional Facility. Upon completion of the PEP boot camp, followed by five months of business education and examinations, participants present their final business plans to a panel of judges.

Although the curriculum is not overtly faith-based, prayers and discussions about Jesus are part of the participants’ daily routines. "I didn’t expect for it to be so much fun, or to feel such hope from the prisoners," Leiber said. "PEP is truly providing a service to inmates – but more than anything, it’s providing hope."

Personal transformation is another key component of the program. In an effort to override their gangster identities, inmates are given nicknames and encouraged to hug one another. Because most PEP participants come from broken families and low socio-economic backgrounds, the program aims to instill a sense of worth and a desire to positively contribute to society.

PEP operates exclusively in Texas and will be expanding to the Fort Worth area soon. For more information about PEP, visit www.pep.org.



 

Leadership Academy of South Sudan welcomes teachers for first academic year

January 27, 2014

Kajo Keji

LASS teachers gather during staff training
before classes begin in February.

Teachers have gathered in the South Sudan town of Nimule to review curriculum for the school year and select the final group of students for the Leadership Academy of South Sudan, which will open its doors on February 10.

The Radler Foundation founded East African Ministries in 2009 to practically demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in East Africa. The Leadership Academy of South Sudan falls under Leadership Development International, one of East African Ministries’ projects.

“LASS teachers are enthusiastically sorting through student interviews to make the final selection for the first class,” said Steven Myles, LDI project manager. “In spite of the recent conflict in South Sudan, LASS moves forward as we seek to develop, educate and train leaders who will invest long-term in peace for South Sudan.”

The staff, comprised of a dozen teachers recruited and hired from South Sudan and Uganda, is dedicated to carrying out the school’s mission of developing students academically, professionally and spiritually, thus preparing them to apply to quality universities. LASS curriculum will educate and equip students to become the kind of servant-minded leaders who will help South Sudan move away from its current state of
conflict and become a stable, peaceful country.

LASS is a partnership between EAM and Cornerstone Development Africa, which has supported education and youth leadership development in Africa for 20 years. A two-year international university preparatory boarding academy, LASS will welcome a class of students representing 16 different tribes.

More than 280 students applied, but only 50 were chosen to attend LASS. Those who were accepted will pay minimal fees, as most of the cost will be covered by East African Ministries.

For more information about LASS, visit leadershipdevelopmentintl.org/what-we-do.html. For more information about Cornerstone Development Africa, visit cornerstonedevelopment.org.



 

East African Ministries hosts first leadership summit in South Sudan

December 18, 2013

Kajo Keji

Deputy Payam Director, Amal,
stands alongside EAM leadership for
a ribbon cutting ceremony officially
dedicating the Juba compound.

In November, East African Ministries hosted a leadership summit at the Juba, South Sudan compound. The goal of the summit was to build the team, interact with the local community and provide an opportunity to strategically plan for 2014.

“As EAM expands and grows, it has become more evident that time together as an entire staff is necessary,” stated BJ Goergen, director, The Radler Foundation. “Members of the community were present during this leadership summit because EAM is only successful as key leaders in South Sudan help us identify, grow and maintain our vision.”

Leadership from the U.S. office in Fort Worth, Texas was present, as were representatives from all three projects in South Sudan, which include Leadership Development International, Mobile Health International and Water Harvest International. Participants enjoyed teambuilding games and activities, a vision-casting session, an organization-wide analysis, multiple blocks of time for group prayer and intercession and even a team-prepared dinner. The summit was rich with new ideas, healthy criticism, and vision for the future and of course with this group: a lot of laughter.

During the summit, EAM also hosted a community lunch and EAM compound dedication ceremony. This event was a way to thank the Rumbur Community who sold land to EAM for the Juba, South Sudan compound.

Both beneficial and unifying, future summits are expected to take place as EAM grows both externally and internally as an organization. To learn more about EAM follow us on Instagram and Facebook, or visit eamafrica.org for frequent updates.



East African Ministries featured as SoCo Hammocks' nonprofit of the month for November

November 1, 2013

Kajo Keji

SoCo Hammocks' mission is to empower the poor through
nonprofit partnerships, paying fair wages, and
delivering on the promise of superior quality,
high performance, and durable products.

East African Ministries has been chosen as SoCo Hammocks' featured nonprofit for the month of November. Throughout November EAM will receive 10 percent of all online sales made by the hammock company.

"A buddy and I started SoCo in late 2011 with the desire to give back to organizations that are providing humanitarian aid to underprivileged populations," stated Tim Scarborough, co-founder, SoCo Hammocks. "The SoCo in our name actually stands for socially conscious. In that regard, we see our products as catalysts for social change. As a company, we are truly committed to a triple bottom line – people, planet, and then profit."

Each month SoCo creates a unique link that leads to a web page specifically highlighting the mission statements, core values and community outreach projects of chosen nonprofits. The web page also encourages customers to visit the nonprofit's website by providing a link, drawing people to engage and donate to that particular organization.

"SoCo Hammocks is exactly the kind of organization we like to partner with at EAM," stated Jen Chiles, development director, East African Ministries. "We want to engage with groups that have a vision to change access to fresh water and healthcare and develop leaders worldwide. SoCo helps us change the world one month at a time."

In addition to SoCo's partnerships with nonprofits, they also make an effort to be as transparent as possible by explicitly disclosing where their products come from and who actually makes them. As well as helping people, SoCo seeks to help the environment by making every part of their business 100 percent sustainable and carbon-neutral.

To see East African Ministries' featured nonprofit page, refer to http://www.socohammocks.com/featured-non-profit.html. For more information on SoCo Hammocks visit their website at www.socohammocks.com. For more information about East African Ministries, visit eamafrica.org.



The Radler Foundation supports Advanced Placement and teacher training programs for Fort Worth Independent School District

Initial program supports North Side and Trimble Technical high schools

October 21, 2013

Kajo Keji

Students and teachers from North Side and Trimble Technical
high schools listen to the announcement of Advanced
Placement and teacher training programs in their schools.

On October 21, The Radler Foundation joined the National Math and Science Initiative and Fort Worth Independent School District superintendent Walter Dansby to announce a multi-year program that supports Advanced Placement programs in math, science and English. The program includes a teacher training component.

"As an engineer and businessman, I know the importance of math and science to developing jobs that support America's economy, " stated Michael Radler, chairman, The Radler Foundation. "Our hope is this partnership between NMSI and the Fort Worth Independent School District will produce results encouraging other private foundations and individuals to support similar programs in our schools. These students and teachers are a pipeline to a brighter future."

NMSI's comprehensive AP program fosters sustained academic achievement in high schools by providing open enrollment in AP math, science and English classes for all students, increased time on task for students through special study sessions, intensive teacher training, support from master teachers and incentives for teachers and students.

Sponsors for this initial Fort Worth program include the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Radler Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, The Ryan Foundation and Chase.

For more information on the AP and teacher training applications available through NMSI visit http://bit.ly/15YjxVu. To learn more about the program and how it will be applied at North Side and Trimble Technical high schools visit http://www.fwisd.org/pages/FWISD.



The Radler Foundation supports DIGDEEP's 4Liter water conservation challenge

September 18, 2013

Kajo Keji

DIGDEEP's 4Liter Challenge raises awareness
about the millions of people worldwide
who do not have enough water
to sustain a healthy life.

The Radler Foundation staff, and many donors and supporters worldwide have chosen to participate in DIGDEEP's 4Liter Challenge. DIGDEEP, a water drilling partner of East African Ministries, exists to defend access to clean water as a basic human right. The 4Liter Challenge encourages supporters to live on only four liters of water per day for their choice of a one to five day time span, between the 14th and 21st of October.

"Approximately one billion people worldwide lack access to clean water. We encourage anyone with knowledge of the global water crises to join us in this challenge to do more with less," said Jen Chiles, development director of East African Ministries. "Our goal is to raise awareness for those who can't get enough clean water to live typical, healthy lives."

Participants will use the four liters for everything including daily cooking, cleaning, bathing and drinking. Those taking the challenge are encouraged to record and post about their experience on the 4Liter Challenge website, 4liters.org, as well as on Twitter, where they can connect with others by using the hash tag "#4Liters."

Through its partnership with East African Ministries' water drilling organization Water Harvest International, DIGDEEP has already sponsored the drilling of 15 wells in South Sudan, bringing clean drinking water to more than 5,500 people.

For more information about DIGDEEP and the 4Liter Challenge, visit 4liters.org and watch the promotional videos on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1bngVUQ and http://bit.ly/17KaQOe. For more information about East African Ministries, visit eamafrica.org.



Forest Park pool a popular summer destination after grand reopening

September 16, 2013

Kajo Keji

The pool, the oldest Fort Worth aquatics facility,
was fully reopened in May 2013 following the 2010 shutdown
due to budget and maintenance issues.

Following a grand reopening to the public on May 25, the historic Forest Park pool proved to be a busy summer destination for many area families and kids. Recently released attendance numbers show more than 25,000 Fort Worth citizens and guests visited the pool of which 15,449 were children. The pool was rented 21 times throughout the summer for private events, and more than 600 children took swim lessons.

"The attendance numbers are proof that the Forest Park pool is a popular summer hangout for the city of Fort Worth," stated Michael Radler, chairman of the board, The Radler Foundation. "When people are physically active and have a safe, clean place to learn and grow a community thrives. It is our hope the pool continues to bring joy and an opportunity for Fort Worth families to spend time together."

The pool was reopened in May as a result of a partnership between The Radler Foundation, the City of Fort Worth and several local companies looking to support needs of the greater Fort Worth area. The Foundation, City of Fort Worth and partners sought to reopen the pool in an effort to actively engage children and their families in the community.

The Forest Park pool is located at 2850 Forest Park Blvd. in Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information on Forest Park pool, visit the City of Fort Worth website at http://bit.ly/18iQuLE.



Kajo Keji compound becomes first fully South Sudanese-run East African Ministries facility

July 1, 2013

Kajo Keji

A Water Harvest International representative drills
a clean water well for a community in Kajo Keji, South Sudan.

East African Ministries reached a milestone on July 1 when the Kajo Keji compound, one of three ministry compounds in South Sudan, became its first fully South Sudanese-run facility.

Part of a strategic ministry vision, EAM aids communities in South Sudan through a holistic approach, which includes projects that prepare them for leadership by giving them greater responsibility and a larger stake in the local operations.

"God provided great leaders for our team in Kajo Keji," stated BJ Goergen, director, The Radler Foundation and EAM. "We aim to build a stronger and more sustainable South Sudan by empowering its people, and Kajo Keji's independence is only the beginning of our efforts."

This achievement was made possible because of the qualified and hardworking EAM staff, which has been blessed with capable workers who can handle the challenges of attaining long-term goals in a young country.

The Kajo Keji compound serves as an operations base for two of EAM's three initiatives, Mobile Health International and Water Harvest International. EAM's third ministry, Leadership Development International, seeks to educate, equip and empower young men and women throughout South Sudan to become leaders, serving their communities and their country.

LDI's flagship initiative, the Leadership Academy of South Sudan, is expected to open in Nimule, South Sudan, in early 2014. For more information about East African Ministries, visit eamafrica.org.



Forest Park pool reopens with grant from The Radler Foundation

May 25, 2013

Forest Park Pool

From left to right: Parks & Community Services Director Richard
Zavala, Michael Radler, Council Member Joel Burns (District 9),
Rienke Radler and Mayor Betsy Price cut a ribbon to open
Fort Worth's Forest Park pool on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

The historic City of Fort Worth Forest Park pool officially reopened to the public on Saturday, May 25 with support from The Radler Foundation. The Radler Foundation, driven by its Christian values, focuses on the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community. 

“A core value at The Radler Foundation is to invest in the community where we work and live,” stated Michael Radler, chairman of the board, The Radler Foundation. “There is so much more that can be done to improve the lives of families in Fort Worth. Our hope is the reopening of this historic pool serves as a model public-private partnership other corporations and foundations will use to support the city.”

Forest Park pool was one of seven Fort Worth pools closed due to budget cuts in 2010. The Radler Foundation joined J Caldwell Custom Pools, Southwest Bank and Mark IV Construction in an effort to reopen the pool for the 2013 swim season.  The Radler Foundation also worked closely in partnership with the City of Fort Worth Parks & Community Services Department without whom the reopening would have been impossible.

It is estimated more than 40,000 people will use Forest Park pool this summer. The pool will be open 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday this summer. Entrance fee is $3 for swimmers under 17 and $4 for 18 and older.


For more information on Forest Park pool, visit the City of Fort Worth website at http://bit.ly/18iQuLE.


 

Water Harvest International drills 200th well

May 22, 2013

Water Harvest International's 200th Well

Villagers celebrating clean water in Kajo Keji, South Sudan.

On April 15, Water Harvest International, a program of East African Ministries, completed its 200th water well. The fresh water well, which has an estimated lifetime of fifty years, was drilled in the village of Longamere, South Sudan; home to more than two hundred villagers.

"This milestone well changes many lives," stated Asiki Issac, WHI project manager. "Children who spent hours walking miles for water are instead able to attend school. Water wells change the dynamic of villages in a way that will allow future leaders of South Sudan to grow and develop."

WHI began in 2009 with the mission to practically demonstrate the love of Christ and strengthen God's kingdom by drilling clean, abundant water wells for unreached communities in East Africa. Since drilling its first well, WHI has provided clean water and the hope of the Gospel to more than 80,000 people in South Sudan and northern Uganda.

WHI strives to impact the people of South Sudan in a sustainable way. It prepares
its South Sudanese crews to work independently, generates accountability among
communities and empowers local churches to spread the Gospel.
 
For more information on how to become involved, visit WHI's website at www.whiwater.org.


 

East African Ministries completes fourth Friends and Family Trip

May 20, 2013

EAM 4th Friends and Family Trip

Friends and Family Trip volunteers and staff gather before
departing the East African Ministries compound in Kajo Kej
on the last of a 10-day trip.

East African Ministries hosted its fourth Friends and Family Trip in March. The twice-yearly trips are intended to educate current and potential donors as well as friends and family of current staff members on the needs in South Sudan. This allows them the opportunity to serve the communities in which we work.

"The visit to St. Bart's orphanage was memorable and life-changing," stated Becky Bailey, member of the March Friends and Family Trip to South Sudan. "Our team was there to learn how we could help, but in the end it was the South Sudanese who ministered to me. My next trip can't happen soon enough."

The group of 10 people ventured to Kajo Keji for a 10-day mission trip with travel to three locations. Travelers helped the Water Harvest International team drill water wells in remote villages, visited an orphanage and ministered to the people of South Sudan.
After eight days traveling throughout South Sudan, the group traveled to Uganda, where they participated in a team-building rafting trip adventure on the Nile.

The next Friends and Family Trip is scheduled for June, and while spots for this trip are filled more trips are planned for 2014.

If you are interested in participating in a future Friends and Family Trip contact Casey Leiber cleiber@radlerfoundation.org. For more information about East African Ministries, visit eamafrica.org.