“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
We are in the cacophony of the holiday season: the music, the traffic, the lights! The deadlines! The noise inside and outside of us collides for our attention. We invite you to turn down the volume. Step over here: in East Africa, we’ve quite a celebration going. Come, share our joy.
At Asante Africa Foundation, teachers at over a hundred schools were trained through our programs, ensuring improved instruction and chances for tens of thousands of students across East Africa. This wouldn’t exist without you and the work of so many at Asante Africa. What a ripple we’ve created!
You know the boldest challenge before us: we must empower our girls. Girls are far less likely than boys to complete primary (elementary or middle) school, especially in low-income countries where only 20% have achieved gender parity at the primary level and 10% at the lower secondary level. We, together, are transforming these numbers. We’ve empowered thousands of girls with an understanding of their basic human rights, the chance for schooling, and the confidence and skills to navigate the complex realities they face.
Supporting us in our efforts is the Quest Foundation, who have decided to match every dollar (upto 23,000) we raise for girls leadership.
Through the Leadership Entrepreneurship Incubator, nearly a thousand youth have built their capacity to lead the next generation of change agents. Young leaders like Samson Nyongesa and Carolyne Sunte, have truly imbibed out motto of ‘Paying it Forward’. Every day they are making efforts to make a difference in the lives of people around them.
And we’re only getting started.
“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
There are many ways we vote for the world that we want. Most often it comes in the choices of where our time, mind, and dollars are focused. Giving Tuesday is an international effort to cast a vote for your belief in the capacity of others, for human rights, for equal educational opportunity.
“No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
We know you hold these values. These numbers can only be buoyed by your support. We invite you to join our celebration: send this post on, spread the celebration.
“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.”— Nigerian saying
Thank you for joining us, from East Africa and beyond, with the millions of others who, today, celebrate!