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Akilah Institute for Women's Fundraiser:

Higher Education for Young Women in East Africa

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Akilah Institute for Women's Photo
Akilah Institute for Women's Photo
Akilah Institute for Women's Photo
Akilah Institute for Women's Photo
Akilah Institute for Women's Photo
Akilah Institute for Women's Photo

THE STORY:

Akilah's campuses in Rwanda and Burundi offer a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in careers and leadership roles.

WHAT WILL WE DO WITH $25,000 THIS YEAR?

By 2015, the Akilah student body will grow to 425 students across two countries. To support so many young women's dreams for a better future, we'll make key investments in:

  • Systems, technology, and educational materials – so students gain the technical skills to compete in the modern workforce.
  • Faculty development and capacity building – to train, develop, and hire the best teachers.
  • Student services and activities – to expand counseling, activities, and extracurriculars for students’ professional and social growth.
  • The Student Scholarship Fund – to invest in more women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue higher education.

WHY SUPPORT AKILAH?

Women serve as powerful agents of change when empowered and given the tools to participate in the formal economy.

Yet, there remain very few opportunities for young women in East Africa to gain the skills and education needed to prepare them for meaningful livelihoods and economic independence.

80% of women in East Africa still work in subsistence agriculture, earning less than $2 per day. University is an expensive option for a select few. Only 1% attend university and just 30% of those are women.

We created Akilah as a visionary new educational model for low-income young women. The nurturing environment provides a space where young women can heal some of the trauma of their past while gaining market-driven skills to launch meaningful careers, improve their earning potential, and take control over their own lives. 

Akilah students are breaking through the cultural, social, and economic barriers that hold so many women back, permanently disrupting the cycle of poverty and creating better, healthier, and more prosperous lives for their families and children.

BUT DOES IT WORK?

Magnificently! Our results prove the value of our model: a 95% job placement rate upon graduation. Our graduates earn 6-17x the national average in East Africa and leave Akilah ready to launch their professional careers, take control of their own lives, and impact their family, community, and country.

Put simply, Akilah provides a bridge between the education system and the jobs in the fast-growing private sector.

Learn more about our unique academic model.

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To This Fundraiser

$5,705

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eileen Brewer

    $100

  • Tracy and Pat Regan

    $100

  • Kim and Howard Goldman

    $100

  • Julie Booth

    $100

  • Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

    $200

  • veronica goldberg

    $100

  • Kim Wales

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Marsha and Mike Fisher

    $50

  • Sally Dellow

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Grace Newman

    $50

  • Patti Hall & Joseph Shields

    $100

  • "Hawkins Holton"

     

  • Vibeke Thomsen & Russell Carty

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

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    $100

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  • Anonymous

    $25

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    $40

  • Katie S.

    $50

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    $10

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    $25

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    $10

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    $25

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Noel Skrynski

    $100

  • The Mulroy Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tom Wilkinson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bob and Leslie Mulford

    $500

  • Geoffrey Rugege

    $100

  • The Cunningham Family

    $100

  • Jordan Duthie

    $50

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23% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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The Team: $5,705 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Akilah Institute for Women

Amount Raised

$5,555

 

22% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Lisa Lamprecht

Amount Raised

$150

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Sara Tomovic

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jordan Duthie

Jordan Duthie

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

The Cunningham Family

The Cunningham Family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Geoffrey Rugege

Geoffrey Rugege

DONATION: $100

In appreciation of the work Akila Institute for Women is doing in Rwanda. 3 years ago

Bob and Leslie Mulford

Bob and Leslie Mulford

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

The Mulroy Family

The Mulroy Family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Noel Skrynski

Noel Skrynski

DONATION: $100

3 years ago