33 million primary school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school. Only two-thirds of those who start primary school reach the final grade. Although literacy rates have greatly improved in Africa over the last few decades, approximately 40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate. Afrikayn is here to attempt to change that.
Afrikayn is pronounced “ah-free-can”, and it is built on the idea that Africans can make the difference that is needed to transform the continent. We believe there is emense talent that remains untapped, which has the potential to change the world if invested in. That is why Afrikayn’s main objective is to search for talented students in Africa who are financially disadvantaged to support them in their education and help them make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.
We will do this by matching talented students in Africa with generous sponsors from other Western countries to help them pay for their education. Then these people, having been educated, will be able to help others and those will help others and the cycle will continue, thus "liberating Africa" in a way or at least minimizing its reliance on foreign aid in the long run.
We have currently been selected to participate in this year's (2017) Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) convening in Boston. We have also additionally been selected to participate in the year's Commitments Challenge by CGI U in collaboration with CrowdRise and the Edward Charles Foundation where we are challenged to raise the most donations from 50 other commitments through CrowdRise's online platform www.crowdrise.com/afrikayn. If we manage to accomplish this, we will be featured at this year's CGI U convening. If we manage to make this feat, we hope to use the opportunity to show people the importance of investing in the future of Africa. However, even if we do not manage to reach this goal, we hope to use the funds raised through this fundraiser to help our early stage process. The money will go towards our efforts to discover talented students in Zambia that may have no access to the internet and sharing their stories on our website www.afrikayn.com which is currently being built. We also hope to use the money to reach out to more sponsors for these students. Please help us reach our goal by making a generous donation or sharing our fundraiser. Thank you very much for your generous contribution!