project leader
Yejide O
location
4617 Natural Bridge Avenue
(North St. Louis)
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This is the roof 🫨

the project

The African National Women's Organization Liberation Center is an ambitious initiative born from the vision to transform 4617 Natural Bridge Avenue into a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility. This space, generously donated by the African People's Education and Defense Fund, will become a working class embassy, a hub for community empowerment, and a testament to the resilience of the African people.

Our Mission: Located at the heart of North St. Louis, MO, a community deeply affected by centuries of colonial exploitation, we are on a mission to uplift and empower. We acknowledge the stark realities of poverty, health disparities, and violence that plague our community. Our aim is to reverse these trends and create a thriving international hub for African people. Additionally, we aspire to provide invaluable support to individuals and groups focusing on both local and national concerns.

the steps

Phase I:

  1. Replace roof

Phase II:

  1. Additional Demo
  2. Framing
  3. Update electrical from knob and tube wiring to modern NM wiring
  4. Install HVAC
  5. Install plumbing

Phase III:

  1. Drywall, Paint
  2. Install kitchen and bathrooms with fixtures and appliances
  3. Reinforce deck and fencing
  4. Paint exterior

why we're doing it

We are committed to advancing the cause of African self-determination. Our center will provide vital cultural, social, and community spaces that not only celebrate African people but also serve as catalysts for change. We are particularly focused on creating safe and empowering environments for African women and femmes to address the unique challenges we face as we journey towards freedom.

Your support can make a profound difference in our efforts to uplift African women and femmes and empower those who have been marginalized. Join us in our mission to strengthen our community, nurture resilience, and pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future. Together, we can ensure that the flame of African self-determination burns brighter than ever before.

Our Vision: The African National Women's Organization Center for Social Justice aspires to achieve this vision through several key initiatives:

  1. Creative and Incubator Residency: We believe in nurturing talent and innovation within our community. Our creative and incubator residencies will provide artists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries with the space and resources they need to flourish.

  2. Community Childcare: We understand that family support is essential for personal growth and success. Our facilities will provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, enabling parents to pursue their goals and contribute to our community's well-being serving as our headquarters for the Uhuru Kijiji Childcare Collective.

  3. Safe Place Site: Safety is a fundamental need for everyone. Our Safe Place Site will offer a sanctuary for those seeking refuge, support, and community. It will serve as a haven for individuals facing crises, promoting emotional and physical well-being.

  4. Organizing:  As the headquarters of the African National Women's Organization the center will serve as a national and local organizing space aimed at empowering African women and femmes in our struggles against the impact of colonial capitalism.

budget

  • Phase I: $15,000

    • Architect and Engineering Costs

    • Replace roof

  • Phase II:  $30,000

    • Additional Demo

    • Framing

    • Update electrical from knob and tube wiring to modern NM wiring

    • Install HVAC

    • Install plumbing

  • Phase III: $15,227

    • Drywall, Paint

    • Install kitchen and bathrooms with fixtures and appliances

    • Reinforce deck and fencing

    • Paint exterior

 

Estimated Project Donations

$15,000.00

 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $15,000.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8% $1,363.64
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $681.82
TOTAL TO RAISE $17,045.45
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

 

INSPECTIONS $ 1,100.00 BUILDING, ROOF, AND SEWER INSPECTION

DEMO $ 310.00 DUMPSTER RENTAL. WE'LL DO REMAINING DEMO OURSELVES

MATERIALS $ 1,600.00 FIXTURES

GENERAL CONTRACTOR$ 10,000.00
EQUIPMENT $ 1,200.00 INDOOR/OUTDOOR SECURITY SYSTEM. EQUIPMENT RENTALS

HVAC $ 10,000.00NEW UNIT, VENTS, ETC FOR 2 STORY BUILDING

ELECRICAL $ 10,000.00 100% NEW WIRING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BUILDING

ROOF $ 2,200.00 SEAL AREAS THAT SHOW SIGNS OF VULNERABILITY

PLUMBING $ 8,000.00 UPDATE PLUMBING FOR 2 RESTROOMS AND KITCHEN

PERMITS $ 2,000.00
CONTINGENCY $ 2,500.00

PROJECT MANAGEMENT FEES $ 2,500.00
ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING COSTS $ 1,000.00 WE ARE WORKING WITH PRO BONO FIRMS

MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES$ 1,000.00

P (Project Donations) $53,000.00

 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $53,000.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8% $4,818.18
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $2,409.09
TOTAL TO RAISE $60,227.27
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

updates

This is the roof 🫨

Uhuru,

Thank you for donating so far.  Roofers have been to the building to provide some accurate estimates and we are averaging between 13k - 15k. The struggle is real, so we are asking our community to help us get the widest possible eyes on this campaign because  THIS... is... our... ROOF!. We've created a social media toolkit to help tell the story. You can grab it here  .   Collectively we can raise this roof and begin creating a liberated space for African women and girls.

roof in poor condition

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Christina Laster
  • Yejide O.
  • Umi Younger
  • Zayi V.
  • Janet V.
  • Erin G.
  • Rhya F.
  • M Q.
  • Lisa W.
  • M Q.
  • Kitty Reilly
  • Anonymous
  • Kitty Reilly, African People's Solidarity Committee
  • Ona Zene' Yeshitela
  • Penny H.
  • Maureen W.
  • Brendan M.
  • M Q.
  • Khalia
  • Najah F.
  • Leah F.
  • RV Johnson,Sr.
  • FoFeet Alkebulan
  • Hada
  • MQ
  • Amanda W.
  • Zayi V.
  • Ayesha F.
  • Anonymous