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Bemidji-based nonprofit wins award

BEMIDJI – A nonprofit headquartered in Bemidji  won an award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Opportunity Africa’s classroom Connections program has won the 2013 “Connecting Communities” award.

Opportunity Africa aims to help students in Cameroon achieve their educational dreams in order to overcome poverty and improve health outcomes.

Its Classroom Connections program was established to promote cross-cultural learning opportunities for Fergus Falls students and the Bilingual High School of Bertoua, Cameroon, according to a press release from Opportunity Africa.

Fergus Falls is the hometown of Heather Buesseler, the founder and board president of Opportunity Africa.

Through the program, students exchange letters and emails, video chat with one another over Skype, and share photo essays of their families, neighborhoods and daily lives to explore each other’s worlds.

Opportunity Africa will accept the award April 10 during the keynote address at the MNCN’s Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference.