What We Do and Why
We promote support, advocacy, and awareness in the areas of:
Africa’s vulnerable populations (orphans, widows, the elderly, and girls)
- There are more than 34 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa (United Nations)
- 8 out of 10 children in the world whose parents have died of AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa (United Nations)
- More than 50 percent of the orphans in Africa currently live with their grandparents with limited resources and unstable incomes to support their households (UNICEF).
- Widows, of all ages, endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom. A lack of inheritance and land rights, widow abuse and the practice of degrading, and life-threatening mourning and burial rites are prime examples of human rights violations that are justified by “reliance on culture” and “tradition” (World Bank).
Advancement of education for girls and women; especially in underrepresented fields in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology.
- Across Africa, 28 million girls roughly between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school, and many never even set foot in a classroom. (UNESCO)
- For many African girls, the most education they can expect is 5 years – and they are the lucky ones. (UNESCO)
- Just 30% of professionals in the sciences in Sub-Saharan Africa are women (UNESCO).
Vocational skills acquisition and development
Social entrepreneurship and leadership
- Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket) - Youth account for 60% of all African unemployed. (United Nations)
- The unemployment rate for sub-Saharan Africa is 6%; compared to the world average of about 5%, this rate may not seem that high. But the problem is that in most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at a rate more than twice that for adults (African Development Bank).
Health and wellness promotion
- 233 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2014-2016
- Of the 20 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios worldwide, 19 are in Africa.
- Africa has the highest neonatal death rate in the world.
- Only 58% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to safe water supplies.
- HIV/AIDS continues to devastate the World Health Organization Africa Region, which has 11% of the world's population but 60% of the people with HIV/AIDS.
- More than 90% of the estimated 300–500 million malaria cases that occur worldwide every year are in Africans, mainly in children under five years of age. (World Health Organization)
Development of ideas and frameworks designed to create attainable and sustainable solutions in Africa.
- In 2012, 501 million people, or 47 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, lived on $1.90 a day or less (United Nations).
- 6 of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa! (United Nations)
- There are an estimated 1.1 billion people living in Africa – meaning there are over 1.1 billion reasons to get involved!