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PROJECT AKILAH INC
February 25, 2011

I was curious to find a nonprofit based in Tampa, Florida that met women needs at a grassroots level that were hiring and this is how I met "Akilah"...which means wisdom in Swahili and embodies the gift that the founding family envisioned. I was impressed that they followed their dreams and fears to help others from a "different" world. That young spirit of urgency and passion moves me. the young organization has an impressive website, vivid pictures and plans for the future boarding school, teaming with Kigali's education and political figures. Videos of the students being accepted and the CEO speaking Kinyarwanda (impressive). Overall, they found a niche to teach women practical skills of a rapid economic sector, tourism, to empower women financially. Which is brilliant!


As a volunteer in Tampa, I tried to link the Akilah to STAND & African students at University of South Florida in Tampa to create awareness, collaboration and volunteerism...
We've assisted in fund raising event (which was a huge success, well managed), collecting books for a new library, Akilah students met and spoke with USF students, documentary showing about Rwanda's genocide and potential partnership with USF Holocaust and a Genocide Center.

I've met the young founders and the Tampa family, who are quite modestly grandiose. I feel a true sense of sincerity and compassion. From the inclusion of important events to the simple hand written thank you cards in the mail.

The students I got to meet via video from website or in person are truly sweet, they made me feel warm. I knew that any little help I have given to Akilah was indirectly given to me, because I saw myself in the playful laughter of the young women and their hopeful eyes for a limitless future. That gift is what we all want, to know the sky is not even the limit!

Thank you Akilah for helping our sisters around the world.

God Bless you as you expand.

You ROCK!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing them raise and get matched for thousands of dollars for their expanding student body and campus through hard work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include more passionate African natives in Tampa from my naive perspective.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I tried to connect Akilah with USF.

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