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!