What exactly is it we do?
Giving Africa currently works in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world. Here, the adult literacy rate is 37%, jobs are incredibly hard to come by, and families have to decide which of their children is going to eat each day.
We can't solve all these issues right now, but we can empower children and young people to create the future this generous, spiritual and culturally-rich country deserves.
Since 2010, Giving Africa has poured its heart and soul into supporting one school - Bethel Secondary School - to become a place of high quality learning, real opportunity and self-sustaining outcomes. We have taken a holistic approach to children's education, ensuring they have the resources, teachers and food required to facilitate effective learning. And with those fundamentals in place, we have been able to establish our specialist programmes which teach children vital vocational skills, offer them real-world work experience and generate income to enable more children to access this learning.
The journey so far has been challenging, exhilarating and deeply rewarding. It has allowed us to develop a model of excellence which we intend to roll out to many schools in the future.
Our Cultivating Minds programme is teaching students the fundamentals of growing produce in a country where there are high levels of food insecurity. This produce currently goes towards our Food for Thought programme and with expanding land to cultivate we hope that excess crops can be sold to the wider community
The Thriving Tailor
This course is open to both the male and female students, however it appears that the female students benefit more as their families allow them to stay in school longer to learn a craft that will eventually provide an income. Along with sewing techniques, students are also taught fundamental business skills which will empower them to set up their own business.
We have recently awarded a grant to JA Africa to provide basic economic education to 300 students by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business hopefully within the school grounds.
In order to create and maintain a sustainability model at Bethel School, we are looking at solar power as a way to generate electricity for the school, and pump water for the Cultivating Minds agricultural programme. After a very successful trial we are now working on increasing the scope of solar power. To see more about the trial, click here.
Providing a quality and relevant education can be used to break the cycle of poverty.