Our mission is to equip young people with education and skills to move out of poverty.
Pathways out of Poverty for Youth
Getting an education is a challenge for many children in Southern and Eastern Africa. Try maintaining high attendance and good marks when you’re one of 80 children in a crowded classroom, your empty stomach grumbles as you try to concentrate, and you have no space at home to study. We improve access to education by sponsoring school fees, enhancing school facilities, and providing after-school study spaces.
Adolescence is a time of physical and mental wellness vulnerabilities. With little support available, it can be an overwhelming time – bodily changes happen, risky practices can result in life-changing consequences, and negative peer pressure becomes difficult to navigate. By providing support and safe spaces for youth to focus on their wellbeing, we hope to set them up for healthy and opportunity-filled futures.
Even for the most ambitious young person, securing a livelihood when you’re surrounded by poverty is almost impossible. Without the opportunity to further your education, learn skills or gain entrepreneurship experience, there are little to no options for employment. The hope to make an income is lost and poverty persists. By connecting young people to further learning opportunities, we provide pathways to sustainable futures.
For girls and young women, these challenges are made worse by widespread gender inequality. By empowering young women to be confident, they become leaders that are capable of moving entire communities out of the cycle of poverty.
Starting from a small desk in Livingstone, Zambia, The African Impact Foundation was established in 2008 as a way to responsibly manage the generous donations received from volunteers working on African Impact projects.
Over the 12 years of the African Impact Foundation’s progress, we have seen first-hand how youth face specific challenges, as well as have a window of time to make decisions about their future. Adapting our efforts, together with our already strong community partnerships and programs, we want to work more closely with young people to encourage ownership for their choices, and provide pathways for a prosperous future.
We want to see young people have access to more opportunities and grow skills to create a prosperous life for themselves, their family and their community.
We continue to work with African Impact to enhance activities, where funding can bring additional impact to the amazing efforts of volunteers.