Global youth nonprofit organization closes in Maryville

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A global nonprofit organization out of Maryville will hold it's farewell party Friday night.

Alliance for Youth Achievement will close before January.

Children across the world could feel the impact.

"We received a grant through USAID a few years ago to build 30 clean-water projects in communities we work in throughout Uganda," said AYA executive director Mandy Adkins while describing one of numerous projects the organization completed.

"We purchased 15 acres in rural Kenya that will serve as a farming cooperative that will stay with our partners way after we're gone," said AYA Director of Development Alison Mistak.

The economy proved too troubled to keep the nonprofit afloat.  Donations decreased and caused the organization to fold. 

AYA is closing after a strong 13-year run.

It was created in 2000 by a Colorado woman.  Her goal was to help tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis abroad.

The nonprofit's headquarters would move to Maryville.

Hundreds of sponsors helped raise $3.3 million during it's existence.

The farewell party is Friday night at Vienna Coffee in Maryville.  It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.  Fair Trade items will be available from different countries for purchase.  Profits will help fund some AYA sustainable grants through 2013.

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