In many ways, the Kamisombo School that Aid Africa’s Children built has become the hearth of the community, as villagers and the government continually find new activities to be conducted in the school. The school has positively impacted Matushi in the areas of: politics, health, education, religion, social welfare, increased well-being and building a stronger sense community.
In November, 2016 we met with the Ntemba Village Women’s Chicken Cooperative in Tanzania. Our intention was to learn about their needs and challenges they face. We were seeking to empower these women who have very difficult lives…They stated, they wanted to start a business raising chickens eggs and selling them at the market.
This holiday we received an urgent plea from 40 preschoolers and 2 teachers at St. Jude’s Nursery in Malawi. In 2011, their entire harvest was eaten by hippos. We built them a hippo fence that protected their bountiful harvests. Now, a 2 year drought is creating a severe food crisis, failed crops, and increased food prices.
The neighborhood kids in Wisconsin know you can make more from lemons than lemonade. How can these young children make a difference in Malawi? When these enterprising youngsters heard about the pre-school orphans at St. Jude’s Nursery in Malawithey wanted to do something to help.
The Kitenga School for Girls allows young girls to aspire to the undreamed of future with the opportunities and self-sufficiency an education can offer. Their future would no longer follow the restrictive traditions of their female predecessors who faced early marriage with no say in the matter.
We were honored to be selected among 24 Chicago area global activists to lead a “break-out classroom” at WBEZ Global Activism Expo 2012. This is WBEZ’s largest event of the year. Our topic was about "Helping Babies Breathe: How a Simple Medical Intervention is Reducing Infant Mortality."
My goal was to educate caregivers on the importance of the first few minutes of a baby's life. Many areas do not have the means to take care of sick babies so they may "put them aside.” If they survive, they have an increased risk of permanent consequences. Many of these babies need only simple interventions to get them started. "Helping Babies Breathe" gives caregivers the skills to get these babies started.
The lack of access to a clean water source can prevent the growth and overall health and well being of communities and is especially prevalent in the poorest remote and rural areas all over the African continent.
On a small island in Lake Victoria off the coast of Mwanza, Tanzania, is Kome Island. The island is accessible only by ferry or small boat and has no electricity or running water. Bugoro Primary School , on the island, serves over 700 children, who are all taught by 5 teachers. Two buildings, each containing two small classrooms, were built by the government at a time when money was available.
When Aid Africa’s Children first visited Sjambok School in Erasmus, South Africa, the staff and students proudly showed them their “computer lab.” At the time, their “computer lab” consisted of an empty room with a few counters. There were no computers in sight. Their strong vision and belief that someday they would have a computer lab was impressive.
How does Aid Africa’s Children and Ryan Moore, a 26 year old man from Lincolnshire, Illinois build a government endorsed school in Zambia for a fraction of the cost of a government school in a timely manner?
By providing even the smallest group, sometimes even a single person, with the skills, confidence, and self respect to become independent, productive members of the community, we place in motion the wheels of change. We can help to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. One of our continuing goals is to expand on small business ventures such as this in other rural communities.
Ten years ago, Justice Amadi was living in a hut in Africa with no running water or electricity with little hope for the future after a severe burn injury. Today, he lives in a prominent Chicago suburb and is a MBA graduate with a 3.5 average, working full-time and studying for his CPA exam.