My name is Ruke Asagba. I am the founder of (CAIN), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization deeply committed to improving the quality of education and healthcare received by the less privileged in impoverished African communities. While I was teaching at a public school in Nigeria, there were many encounters that made me realize the magnitude of work needed to salvage the education of many less privileged children.
Me: Please read the first paragraph
Student: Uhm….. Uhm…… Uhm
(Stares at the book and then back at me with teary perplexed eyes)
I was utterly shocked to eventually discover that a grade 9 student was finding it difficult to read. Nigeria has 50% of the world’s out-of-school children and many poor children attending public schools are victims of an educational system that fails to equip them to read, write and speak coherently.
The aim of this campaign is to raise funds to complete the development of a “Multi-purpose Educational Resource Centre”. In July 2015, we launched a fundraiser to ask for help in building a centre to facilitate free access to educational resources such as textbooks, tutoring services, entrepreneurship development and IT training for public primary and secondary school students in Alimosho local government area (Lagos, Nigeria) - One of the biggest communities in Lagos and home to many less privileged families. This region consists of many impoverished communities that lack essential educational resources and infrastructures. With generous individual donations, together with grants from Microsoft and Davis Projects for Peace, we were able to acquire a building for approximately $40,000. Now we need your help in renovating the building to provide a more conducive learning environment for the children. Purchasing this space was a very important first step in achieving our goal of making knowledge accessible, and empowering children with quality education to break out of the poverty cycle and create wealth. The children of Alimosho are immensely grateful for that first step. However, our journey is not over yet.
Where will your money go to?
To renovate the “Multi-purpose Educational Resource Centre”
- Buying materials - $13,000
- Painting - $5,000
- Windows - $2,500
- Doors - $2,600
- Tiles - $2,900
- Paying for workmanship for the renovation - $2000
Why are we doing this?
For far too long, a good education in Nigeria has been the privilege of only those who can afford it. For those who can go to private schools or school abroad. For those who can afford tutors or surf the net. We at CAIN believe this is a big problem. One of our goals is the eradication of poverty in Nigeria. To break the cycle of poverty, we are committed to addressing what we believe is a root cause - the absence of quality education. However, if a good education is meant to lift a country out of poverty, what good is it if it is left in the hands of the few? If a good education is left to only those who can afford it, it becomes a tool for oppression as it will only exacerbate and perpetuate a wealth gap that becomes impossible to bridge. We believe education needs to be made easily accessible and it needs to happen quickly. The socio-cultural and financial impacts are too huge to ignore or postpone. We realize that this is a very audacious task, but with your support we are determined to find a solution. This here is our task. This here is our calling. This here is why we need your help.
Please join us as we change the world one child at a time!! Thank you!!!