YEAR-END NEWSLETTER 2023

As we are fast approaching to the end of 2023, we want to share our gratitude with all of you and give you an update on our work at BreaktheTide.

This was a busy year for us because of you, our generous WaveMakers and our enterprising WaveBreakers. BreaktheTide is honored and privileged to be a facilitator.

Daya

BreaktheTide provided $2,000 to Daya for providing laptops to its clients, the survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The laptops helped Daya’s clients to access Daya’s online financial literacy training; attend virtual classes and workshops; apply for benefits; create resumes; conduct job searches; work remotely; and pursue entrepreneurial venture. Some of the clients used the laptops to restart and rebuild their lives; obtain education and vocational training and eventually become self-employed or earn a sustainable livelihood.

Daya was founded by a group of South Asian women in Fort Bend County, Texas, after a tragic murder-suicide incident. It is a compassionate and culturally sensitive organization for South Asian women affected by domestic and sexual violence. Daya offers direct services, outreach, training, capacity building, and community relationships to support the South Asian community. Over 90% of the survivors experience financial abuse and control, and are prevented from working or going to school. They usually don’t have access to money or have their money taken away from them through intimidation, violence, and control.

Continental Societies, Inc.

BreaktheTide sponsored the expansion of the Continental Societies, Inc. school year 2022-23 programming for two schools in Howard County (Maryland): Cradlerock Elementary School (CRES) and Lake Elkhorn Middle School (LEMS).

BreaktheTide provided $1,000 for the expansion program which helped Continental Societies provide resources to over 1,000 students (460 students at CRES, 400 students at LEMS, and 200 Howard County students at National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) Black History Fair. The resources empower the students not only with raising self-awareness, pride and confidence in the African American history but also increasing their reading skills, their love of reading and building their home libraries.

The program expansion also included these other initiatives for CRES:

  • The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Scholars Breakfast – for honor roll students who are awarded books and educational games.
  • The African American Read-In – If desired, children get their own book to take home. Each CRES classroom participates in the program and are “judged” in a door decorating contest.
  • Red Ribbon Drug Education Week – Poster contest for CRES students.
  • Unheard Perspectives – Student’s presentations on black history are judged.

Sporsho Braille

For the second year in a row, BreaktheTide sponsored a Bangla Braille book with Sporsho Braille Foundation.

Sporsho Foundation is an organization in Bangladesh that publishes Bangla Braille books for visually challenged people. Since 2008, Sporsho Foundation has been publishing Braille books focusing on entertainment and culture and distributes these books free of charge.

BreaktheTide sponsored 100 copies of “Spy Girl”, a thriller novel by Ramkrishna Pal (translated from “I was a Spy” by Marthe McKenna). This was one of the featured books at the Ekushey Book Fair 2023 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Copies of Spy Girl, along with other Braille books, were available at the Sporsho Foundation book stall and were distributed to visually impaired attendees on the last day of the book fair. The remaining copies of Spy Girl were distributed to a national library and some special schools free of charge. It is estimated that 1,000 visually impaired readers will have read this book.

Our WaveMakers really like this WaveBreaker (project) and we have a few WaveMakers who would like to continue to sponsor another Bangla Braille book in 2024.

Columbia Care Community

BreaktheTide BreaktheTide is currently sponsoring Columbia Community Care’s (CCC) Wellness for Building Strength, Happiness and Peace of Mind program for $2,000. This program is offered by Tahis Blue, a certified fitness coach and personal trainer. The Wellness for Building Strength, Happiness, and Peace of Mind program is intended to support moms in their own wellness goals, while also being realistic and transparent about the demands of life. This program also removes the barrier of cost that is an obstacle to health access for so many women.

BreaktheTide provided the first installment of $1,000, which helped 10-15 women participate in the Wellness program. The four sessions program provided a safe space for women to feel connected, seen, heard, supported and to explore multimodal ways to promote and prioritize their health and wellness.

CCC was founded in March of 2020 to address the exacerbated hardships and inequities related to food access in Howard County due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCC has expanded to respond to the holistic needs of Howard County families through partnering with organizations, community members, and businesses to provide programming and services in the areas of Liberation Education; Health and Healing; Purpose Pathways; and Essential Resources.

Fundraising & Musical Event – Pancham Swar

Where music intersects with giving hearts resulting in pure magic!

On September 10, 2023, BreaktheTide in partnership with Musikala, a group of local musicians from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area organized a live musical concert “Pancham Swar”, a musical tribute to Rahul Dev Burman, one of the greatest musical composers of India.

Pancham Swar was BreaktheTide’s first fundraising and musical event. The live concert was attended by over 300 people and had just under 400 tickets sold. We had 1 Platinum; 3 Gold and 10 Silver sponsors in addition to 2 donors who provided the raffle prizes and a food vendor. After considering all expenses, BreaktheTide raised a little over $8,000 from this phenomenal musical event and these funds will be used to sponsor projects in 2024.

Year-end Donations

At BreaktheTide we truly appreciate the contributions made by our current and prospective WaveMakers. If you are still making your year-end contributions and would like to include BreaktheTide on that list, we would greatly appreciate your support. We will also appreciate Employer Matching funds.

All your contributions are tax-deductible - our Federal ID is 85-1467929.

There are many ways to donate:

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BreaktheTide, Inc.

2744 Millers Way Drive; Ellicott City; MD 21043

BreaktheTide is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a fundraising platform for individuals and nonprofit organizations to help raise funds to empower women, children and underprivilege communities. Federal ID 85-1467929.

BreaktheTide sponsors projects in:

  • Educational & Vocational Training
  • Self-employment & Sustainable Livelihood
  • Restarting & Restoring Life
  • Small & Social Business

Thank You!

We would like to thank you from the deepest depth of our hearts for supporting us in 2023 as we look forward to another remarkable year ahead.

Please stay well and safe. On behalf of all our Directors, I wish you peace and happiness.

- Sarah

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