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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To promote cultural awareness of the beauty and diversity through story, dance, music and celebrate the artistic heritage of Africa. We serve low income immigrant families with mentoring programs that help them adjust to American life, job creation and serve the schools in the west suburban communities in Massachusetts.

Mission Statement

To promote cultural awareness of the beauty and diversity through story, dance, music and celebrate the artistic heritage of Africa. We serve low income immigrant families with mentoring programs that help them adjust to American life, job creation and serve the schools in the west suburban communities in Massachusetts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $109,830.00
Projected Expense $109,830.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Africa in the classroom
  • Africa out of school and community outreach
  • Teacher workshops on Africa

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

To promote cultural awareness of the beauty and diversity through story, dance, music and celebrate the artistic heritage of Africa. We serve low income immigrant families with mentoring programs that help them adjust to American life, job creation and serve the schools in the west suburban communities in Massachusetts.

Background Statement

This project builds upon a pre-existing Waltham-based NGO, African Cultural Services Inc. (ACS), which was founded, owned and is currently solely staffed by a local Ugandan woman, Juliet Najjumba. Its operations started in August 2010 and as an IRS nonprofit since February 2011. The NGO seeks to highlight the importance of intercultural respect and celebration, especially that which is African, among communities of African and non-African descent alike. This takes the form of a diverse Cultural Arts Education Program-–cultural edutainment—that works with children and families from underserved communities (e.g., low income, African immigrant communities) in the Waltham area. [1] Despite being well-known in the Waltham community, the limiting factor of the organization is the need for consistent programming, capacity and financial development, and community integration on a large scale. Besides offering knowledge of specific art forms, ACS’s proposed programs, on an annual basis, has the capacity to impact more than 3000 students directly, and an innumerable amount of community members indirectly. For this past year we have offered the cultural programs to over 1500 students via different programs. The African snacks we share with them sometimes are healthy. Fitness and awareness classes where we talk about the good in staying fit and active brodens their knowledge and help them reflect. The students we serve with cultural activities at Africano say the dance group, music making, drumming etc benefits individuals and families in multiple ways:   reducess stress, reduce obesity, the cultural programs offered keep the students well grounded indirectly and these encourage them Physical benefits students are physically active. Regular physical activity is well known for its benefits to your body – and will help keep a number of diseases and health problems at bay.



[1] African Cultural Services, Inc., http://www.africaculture.org.


Impact Statement

1-Waltham and immediate neighborhoods had no African organization and whenever you had a question you headed to Cambridge or Boston library. Since African cultural services started its work we have reached over 7000 people via programs like Africa in the classroom, Dancing, drumming, storytelling and crafting

2- in 2012 we started bringing Africa into schools, at events, old people’s homes
3-in 2016 we opened a "Africano Dance and Arts Center" enabling students of African origin living in Waltham to have a place to go where they can find out more about Africa/ Out of School programs

4- in 2016 we introduced end of month events where community is invited to be part of it, engage, explore, interact and edutainment. this run from September 2016-May2017

5 since 2013 we've managed to partner with Waltham Boys and girls club, Waltham YMCA, Waltham Library, various elementary schools, Boston University, Brandeis University and many others to promote understanding for the various cultures in our Waltham and vicinity.


Needs Statement

Capacity building, general programing curriculums, Volunteers Management and Funds to run the programs, marketing, space

CEO Statement

I am foreign born with foreign education and expertise but now I live here and with two children 8 and 10. Despite the hardships one goes through its important to make an effort to fit in the community we live in. I believe that every one deserves a past, present and future, this said we need to also create a balance of stories and avoid the dangers of a single story. In order to achieve this we believe that it takes a village to raise a child and build a community. So i as one of the members of the village decided to dream of African Cultural Services Inc. an organisation that uses 3 areas of work to support harmonic community building. a) inform-via Africa in the classroom, b) explore-via Africa Out of school  c) Interact- via community wide cultural events for everyone. So if all these conditions are worked upon we see very good chances for more harmonic living and also a folk/group that is well informed and able to engage in talks toward the making this world a better place.

Board Chair Statement

We envision Africano Arts Center as a captivating and welcoming neutral place, truly unrivaled in Waltham, MA. The Center brings people together to share, inspire, nurture, educate and enjoy the arts and culture of Africa. People come from all walks of life and also from places we have performed or carried out workshops.The center is non political, non religious, non racial discriminating - these are indeed special points that help it stand out as a safe place to go to and chat freely with another.
But that said Africano has no employees apart from the founder who once in a while is compasated for an assignment. The organization relies to 90% on volunteers. This is the most unsure position to be especially since we work majorly with kids age 5-12. We have set a fee that people have to pay for the services but since we serve majorly low income families, this payment hardly gets received. We have high demand for services and less space and use materials. Most families are reliant on our pick up services since many have not transport means. So since begin we used to get a space once a month from library and BnG but demand was high so we rented which would be seen as a plus. Then transportation was solved by the organization buying a 15 seater van. The most rewarding experience is seeing the children from all walks of life, soo eager to know more about heritage and the joy when we make them feel like stars for example at events when they go to perform or when we visit their schools for Africa in the classroom-its a priceless positive feeling. How we mingle with the community at our themed events, get into talks about how to make hair etc and us letting the children be the stars to answer and show case these -- it brings a great bond building, bridge building etc... 

Geographic Area Served

METROWEST REGION, MA
Waltham, Weston, Watertown, Boston, Framingham, Belmont, Newton, Natick, Dochester, Lowell, Lynn, Reviera

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Africa in the classroom

We visit schools and talk about Africa. Students of African origin feel represented and all others learn more about Africa
Budget  $21,150.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 2017/2018 school year we will have reached over 4000 students and passed on cultural edutainment knowledge. Friendships will begin or be strengthened, immigrant students will be more confident and proud of heritage.
Program Long-Term Success 
high numbers of students, families and community accepting, appreciating one another by acknowledging cultural differences and celebrating cultural similarities.
Program Success Monitored By  initially we only visited schools but then as we went on we realised that community was soo unaware of our services and also students seemed to need further deeper involvement. so we created after school programs and also community outreach services
Examples of Program Success  for the first time in 5 years we conducted a very well visited youth event where lots of African students freely expressed themselves about what challenges, and succeses encountered. emphasis was put a lot on their having or knowing then can count on Africano for support.

Africa out of school and community outreach

We offer Dance, Drum, Dance, Arts, performing Arts and performances for students, parents and seniors
Budget  $56,960.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served Families Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  We managed to carry out 10 cultural edutainment events in 2016/2017 school year with very good turn ups
Program Long-Term Success  We will be able to make more cultural events and reach out to more people in the community
Program Success Monitored By  we counted all people that came to the event and we had all of last year over 1500 people at our events
Examples of Program Success  Waltham knows Africano, all elementary schools in Waltham know about Africano programs since September 2016

Teacher workshops on Africa

We offer workshops to talk about how to teach Africa in the classroom.
Budget  $900.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults Blacks, African Heritage Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  ability to talk more about Africa than just wildlife
Program Long-Term Success  With teachers accepting this as a good addition to curiculum Africa becomes a normal topic in school and with it also a special appreciation and understanding
Program Success Monitored By  ACS team monitors this. We hope to make to sessions in the 2017-2018 school year
Examples of Program Success  We have been invited more through the years due to workshops with teachers.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our major challenge is having a stable space to carry out the programs. We have applied everywhere to be able to manage space costs starting september 2017
 
With this space we will reach so many more people ages 1-senior because our work is for all ages.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Juliet T Najjumba
CEO Term Start Aug 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Juliet Najjumba is the only staff. She is a professional tourist guide for Uganda, experienced African performer and educator originally from Uganda in East Africa. She now lives and works in Waltham, MA and is the founder and director of African Cultural Services Inc., which was created to promote African cultural awareness via exploration, development and passing on traditional, educational African art forms, using music, dance, poetry, storytelling and hand crafts. Juliet has been running educative African culture ‘edutainment’ projects for the last 10 years. She has lead already over 180 workshops, through open music projects, performances, youth programs, promotion of new artists, lecture demonstrations, community outreach & creative partnership programs with renowned African artists and performers. She’s been on stage in US, Germany, Spain, UK and Uganda, all geared towards cultural edutainment. Juliet is fluent in Luganda, German, Spanish. Juliet’s specialty is African storytelling and African dancing. The emphasis is very much hands on and every one can participate irrespective of his or her musical background. The workshops she runs are guaranteed to be fun and create a real buzz in the school.

Co-CEO Allen B. Serumaga
Co-CEO Term Start Aug 2010
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience Allen is a hands on and very good at passing on traditional stories, norms and language, morals to the youth and children. She contributes funds to the betterment and overall running of the program.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

1)We have collaborated with Boston University, primary source, Brandeis university,  Waltham boys and girls, Waltham YMCA, Waltham library, waltham schools, immigrant churches and 1st parish waltham and so many others

 We believe that at this moment the most challenging bit is to secure staff, space and good starting capital. this way we will put all necerrary bits in place so as to receive our clientel well prepared. We are curently very limited in all corners due to not being sure and thus unable to focus fully on the project. Juliet Najjumba herself works 40 hours a week to earn a living on which she then adds like 30 hours for africano. And the various helpers try to over 3 or more hours here and there and its very unreliable help.
 
With past good work with different institutions we have created a number of contacts with these available we now only need to secure a new place and initial good amount funding then work will be off to a very good success.

2) We have employed the approach of using different venues to make sure that our message is heard and that it has an impact. Therefore, with this coming plan below are intended to build stability and enable future success if applied.

3) A- we want to secure a bigger space for the after-school programing so that we can accommodate all programs. We want supply to meet demand. As we are doing this we are careful to see that space has certification for enabling also disabled people to access it which isn’t the case at the moment. And also with a law abiding space for Africano Arts center in place we will have better standing for many other grants -which in turn support the program more

4) We have had in the past people asking us to teach drumming, dancing, home economics, Arts etc ,, with better space we can finally introduce some of this classes with a fee slowly by slowly and this helps our sources of income to increase. Sales of our made items to like jewelry as well as jewelry making classes will help more to diversify our work. We have African books which we use for our school visits but can also well these.

5) We need staff and we have thought that atleast 3-5 would be a good number to start with so that there is guaranteed service as expected from all that come to our programs. We have already identified people of different ethinities each of whom would bring much needed expertise to help us thrive

6) Just this coming june we want to sit with various superitendants and request to visit various schools at grade level. Our major focus is grade 2-5. Then a plan is still in the making on how parents especially those of immigrant kids can be made to support their children. Then also we hope that if granted more stable programing can take place at the center

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 14
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms Juliet T. Najjumba
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2020
Board Co-Chair Ms Allen B. Serumaga
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2015 - July 2020

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christine Edmondson Ms Director Voting
Festo Lugolobi Mr. Secretary Voting
Juliet T Najjumba Ms President Voting
Allen B. Serumaga Mrs Vice Voting
Andrew B Serunjogi Mr. Treasurer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): American 2, Panama 1, Brasil 1, Costa Rica 1
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Few active members is a major concern and we are planning to spice it up by inviting all other ethnities that share a passion for promoting cultural awareness to join in.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $109,830.00
Projected Expense $109,830.00
Form 990s

2015 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $49,185 $39,970 $9,991
Total Expenses $48,992 $39,842 $9,991

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,650 $22,700 $3,271
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $33,050 $9,020 $2,450
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $6,485 $5,950 $3,070
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $4,000 $2,300 $1,200
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $24,600 $10,572 $6,850
Administration Expense $3,725 $2,000 $975
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates $20,667 $27,270 $2,166
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 50% 27% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets -- -- --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We had hoped to reach 50,000 this year but we didnt so we only filed a ecard for non profits below 50000 income. So last year we did our first 990.
We luck a lump sum of funding to help programming move smoothly. So we have tried for years to solve this by doing so little and this has the disadvantage of inconsistency. People always show the need to know where they will come back to and at the way we are now we cant guarantee them this. When so little pay is available booked appointments have to be cancelled and schools think us unserious. Some parents bring kids for language classes but becase we havent received planned grant we disappoint these too and cancel. Some hate us forever.

Foundation Comments

This organization is small and has filed a 990 postcard most years. As such, financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the nonprofit.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

In following the ambitious undertaking of African cultural services Inc., this project will provide academic opportunities to support students of African descent, as well as others who attend the afterschool programming at Africano Arts Center, and through other events, encourage students to identify positively with their heritage. While this project would impact the students attending events directly, it would also indirectly impact the parents and relatives of those students, both those of African descent and those not, as students are given the opportunity to acknowledge cultural differences but celebrate cultural similarities. In order to effectively promote intercultural exchange, understanding, and acceptance, a project must be conducted on a community-wide basis in order to facilitate communication amongst all of its demographics.

Currently, afterschool programming exists three days a week at the NGO’s Waltham location. However, the number of participants and activities is limited by the funds available for food for the students, for materials for the diverse array of activities offered (e.g., arts and crafts, gymnastics, soccer, music, math and English language workbooks, etc.), and for the small stipends for the occasional volunteers. This project will supplement the limiting cost of food and assist in purchasing materials for permanent programming aspects, such as math computer programs, workbooks, writing supplies, and sports equipment. In addition to the materials, we will align the afterschool activities with the academic needs of the students, develop an annual schedule for program offerings, and create an updated website.

We will work with Waltham and Boston school districts, which have already expressed interest and with which we have worked previously, and organize various school visits with African educators and speakers who will present on a MA standards-aligned lesson. In collaboration with Boston University’s African Studies Center, we will incorporate Africa-infused lesson plans (e.g., literature, history, religion, culture, current events) into the various curricula at schools in order to diversity the overall curriculum and offer students an opportunity to engage with histories and stories more relevant to their daily lives. We will also host various teacher professional development workshops, co-sponsored by Boston University’s African Studies Center in order to offer teachers an opportunity to learn about the importance of and resources available for representing Africa, and other area studies, in the classroom.

In addition to targeting students of African descent with the established afterschool programming and engaging students and teachers at school visits, we will also encourage community wide engagement with at least six cultural events where food, music, dance, and activities related to a particular theme will be offered. For this component in particular, volunteers, especially from the African and diaspora communities, will be solicited as hundreds of people have shown up in the past for related events. Moreover, volunteers from local universities also serve as important role models for students of African descent and the community at large and play an essential role in demonstrating the inherent worth of African cultures by embracing, wearing it, and celebrating it themselves in front of the students.

The success of the project should be evaluated based on the number of events held and the number of attendees in order to approximate the level of community interest and engagement. In the past, evaluations of the events sponsored by the NGO indicate high levels of success, with large numbers of students and community members often being turned away due to limited resources and space. The community need and interest for this project is present in Waltham—only the funding and organizational capacity remain to be developed.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

1) With past good work with different institutions we have created a number of contacts with these available we now only need to secure a new place and initial good amount funding then work will be off to a very good success.

2) We have employed the approach of using different venues to make sure that our message is heard and that it has an impact. Therefore, with this coming plan below are intended to build stability and enable future success if applied.

3) A- we want to secure a bigger space for the after-school programing so that we can accommodate all programs. We want supply to meet demand. As we are doing this we are careful to see that space has certification for enabling also disabled people to access it which isn’t the case at the moment. And also with a law abiding space for Africano Arts center in place we will have better standing for many other grants -which in turn support the program more

4) We have had in the past people asking us to teach drumming, dancing, home economics, Arts etc ,, with better space we can finally introduce some of this classes with a fee slowly by slowly and this helps our sources of income to increase. Sales of our made items to like jewelry as well as jewelry making classes will help more to diversify our work. We have African books which we use for our school visits but can also well these.

5) We need staff and we have thought that atleast 3-5 would be a good number to start with so that there is guaranteed service as expected from all that come to our programs. We have already identified people of different ethinities each of whom would bring much needed expertise to help us thrive

6) Just this coming june we want to sit with various superitendants and request to visit various schools at grade level. Our major focus is grade 2-5. Then a plan is still in the making on how parents especially those of immigrant kids can be made to support their children. Then also we hope that if granted more stable programing can take place at the center


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We are surely uniquilly positioned and here is why;

In the whole of Waltham there are over 10 African churches but our program receives people from all these different churches at different occasions-we reach all

The Waltham public schools allowed us to send monthly flyers to all public schools that is over 2500 students know of our presence,,, so if grant is given we can so well utilize it to seve this masses at the levels they need


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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