Charity Spotlight: Education

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Building Classrooms. Relationships. Futures.

Brendan Callahan, first went on a relief trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2007 when he witnessed the lack of educational infrastructure in the country firsthand. He was inspired by the children’s enthusiasm for learning, despite the distressed state and lack of schools.

Noticing the need across the country and limited help available, Brendan and co-founder, Alyssa Snow (Callahan), formed Achieve in Africa as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in September of 2008 to help improve education in rural areas of Africa that are most in need.

 

The Vision:
Education can alleviate poverty, hunger, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

 

The Mission:

Improve education in rural Africa to provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential, lead better lives, and inspire future generations.

 

The Facts:

Education

At 30%, Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest primary and secondary school enrollment rate in the world.

One-third of all school-aged children not enrolled in school live in Africa.

Half of African women over age 25, and 40% of Africans over age 15 are illiterate.

Poverty

Half of the African population lives on less than US $1 a day.

Globally, Sub-Saharan Africa is only region in the last 25 years where poverty has increased.

32 of the 38 heavily indebted countries in the world are in Africa.

HIV / AIDS

About 5,500 Africans die each day from AIDS.

Two-thirds of people newly infected with HIV across the globe and three-quarters of all HIV-related deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.

28 million Africans are HIV-positive, which is close to the population of Canada.

 

Want to know more about how Achieve In Africa is tackling these issues? Find out here!

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