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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Impact Network is piloting a low cost e-learning model in Zambia that provides students a high quality education for just $3 per month. At less than 1/2 the cost of the traditional government models, our mission is to work with governments to scale nationally by 2020.

Results: We have established 7 schools in rural Zambia and are in the process of adopting 3 existing schools. By the end of the year, all 10 schools will be equipped with solar power, iSchool's e-learning curriculum, teacher training, and additional support.

Geographic areas served: Africa

Programs: The organization was founded to promote cultural advancement to vulnerable communities in developing countries around the world, for example, by facilitating the provision of education services in rural africa. Most schools built by the government in such regions lack basic supplies and skilled teachers. Impact network has piloted the first eschools in rural zambia. This holistic solution delivers not just access, but quality education. It empowers local teachers with a laptop and projector loaded with activity-based lesson plans for each day. To date, impact network has 10 schools in rural zambia which educates over 2,000 students.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit many of the schools in Zambia during the summer of 2014. Every aspect of this organization impresses me. By utilizing teachers from Zambia, providing both personal and resource support and paying teachers, which is not typical in a community school, the organization has a life long positive impact on the students and the community. By staying focused on the quality of the education rather than expanding too rapidly they are providing a program that is comparable with in the best schools in the country. The parents and community members clearly feel ownership for the schools and thereby assure the programs long term success. The administration both in the US and in Zambia are thoughtful, creative and hardworking. Together the teachers, administrators and parents have created the perfect learning environment for students who will Zambia's future. Through the organizations internship program they are also fostering the type of international leaders our world needs. My son is doing an internship with the organization and although he does not go to Zambia until next March, he has already learned so much from his conversations with Reshma and Julia and through their mentoring.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended the Chefs for Impact fundraiser for Impacts Networks. This a wonderful organization that works to provide quality education and educational tools to children in Zambia. We have donated to them yearly, knowing that our donation is going directly to where it is most needed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Impact Network is helping change things from a grass-roots level -- starting with the most important piece of one's life: education. By providing education using technology, Impact Network provides rural Zambian youth with new methods of learning. Their impact on the ground will surely help empower young children from the ground up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new member of the team, I am very thankful to have an opportunity to work with deducated and passionate professionals at Impact Network. They are striving to make a difference and very successful in doing so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They work energetically to promote education for students in rural Africa ensuring that they have access to school and positively change their communities. They are doing great work, and it's inspiring to see how involved their staff is. By volunteering, I was able to meet great people. I really recommend Impact Network to my peers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Impact Network this past summer, and I cannot stop recommending this organization to my peers and friends. Not only are the leaders of Impact Network incredibly hard working and diligent, but they are passionate about providing high-quality education in Zambia. Truly, they are pioneers. Even more so, Impact Network puts thought into every step of the process: from finances, to communications, to the curriculum in the schools, this organization is efficient and thorough. I am so glad to have been able to work with this organization, and eager to see what it can accomplish in the future.

Cherie6

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended Impact Network's annual fundraiser, Chefs for Impact, last year, and plan to attend again this year. I am familiar with their work and confident that they are a great organization working to provide access to quality education for children in Zambia.
I'm impressed with their dedicated staff, and their tireless work to bring education to a very underserved population.

Cherie C

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Impact Network at their annual fundraiser event and have donated to this organization.

What sets Impact apart, in my view, from other organizations is their dedicated and intensive support to teachers on the ground in schools. They are doing great work providing and ensuring access to quality education for children in Zambia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impact Network is nothing short of an AMAZING organization. I have never seen a group of individuals so dedicated in making a difference in the international development sector. The organization's goal is not only to bring education to rural Zambia but to bring quality education and that's where the difference lies between ordinary non-profits and extraordinary ones. Weeks go into their teacher and staff training so they are ready for a successful term and a great year.

I have had the opportunity to volunteer along side the dynamic team in the New York office and I also got to see the schools in Zambia first hand. Words can't even begin to describe how amazing that experience was. To see a team so happy to be at "work" is something you do not see everyday. Both the NYC and Zambian teams are making such an unbelievable impact not only in the children's lives that they provide quality education to but in the international education sector as a whole.

Leigh9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This month, I began working with Impact Network, an innovative organization that aims at leveraging technology and research to deliver low cost, higher quality education in rural Zambia. My decision to partner with Impact Network and help expand its reach and scope was simple: universal access to quality education is vital. Education’s role in a person’s life is key to their development, aspirations, hopes and dreams. It is a quality education that inspires the mind and soul; it shapes our lives, and helps us identify our passions, purpose, and goals in life. I am privileged and fortunate to say that I received a quality education. I am beyond grateful to my parents and to the providers of my education too. But I was lucky, and I truly believe that.

Domestically and abroad, we have all seen a real crisis in the quality of education that many children receive. Current systems and providers of education often lack the tools, resources, and “blueprint” to sustainably deliver a quality education. What convinced me to work with the Impact Network (outside of the incredible people that are involved with the program), is its sharp focus on the “blueprint”. The ongoing development of Impact Network’s e-learning program called eSchool 360 is extremely exciting and inspiring.The eSchool 360 enables local teachers to provide an education for half the cost, making universal quality education possible. At the end of the day, the reality is it’s about creating a sustainable model for quality education that is innovative, repeatable, and scalable. I find myself lucky to be a part of it.

My experience has taught me that innovation, when combined with hard work and execution, can change the way we think, act, learn, and most importantly, impact others. I am very excited to be joining the team at Impact Network and look forward to helping fund and grow its remarkable mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impact Network is a very efficient non-profit that I have had the opportunity to work with. A very small team based in New York manages 10 eSchools in rural Zambia educating approximately 2000 primary school children. Their mission is quality education that is universally accessible. Impact use tablets and projectors powered by solar for an efficient and cost effective solution to establishing education institutions in few of the most remote regions of Zambia. This model not only makes education accessible but it also lowers cost. Impact run schools that are cheaper, on a per-student basis, than both the government schools and other community schools.

Impact Network is also actively involved in getting the best curriculum for their students. Impact works with their Zambian partners, iSchool, that develop the curriculum with the approval of the ministry of education.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Impact Network is perhaps the most innovative education social enterprise working in Zambia at the moment. Its E-school 360 platform is a compact, efficient, and scalable solution to the education gap crisis, particularly in rural communities, that has the potential to be implemented throughout Zambia. Impact Network operates 10 community schools in rural settings and are establishing an 11th partner school. Per child, the system is cheaper than government schools and is exceeding expectations with the quality of education delivered. With the support of the Ministry of Education or a major multinational organization, Impact Network plans to be adopted among the 3500+ community schools that currently are struggling to serve the massive youth population of Zambia.

The organization is managed by a professional team, with a diverse board of directors whose backgrounds include venture capital, technology, and law. Proceeds from fundraising go directly to the schools and operational costs are kept to a minimal range. Hopefully the efforts being made by this fantastic organization will be recognized and supported to reach the scale it deserves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. It's well run and does really wonderful things. The charity builds schools and helps educate children in Africa. The Impact Network means a lot to me and my family, we are so proud of all they have accomplished and continue to accomplish.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Impact Network was an amazing experience. The organization supports 10 schools in Zambia and does an amazing job proving quality of education for kids who would otherwise get little or no schooling. I spent several months volunteering for them in Zambia and found that the resources were really well spent and that the level of teamwork and cooperation between the staff in Zambia and the head office in New York. There were a lot of creative solutions found for difficult problems because of the dedication of the staff. For me some of the best moments where when we were giving some of the students rewards for attending every single day of class last semester. The kids were so excited and- they work so hard to get the most of their education and Impact Network has given them the opportunity to get a quality and accessible schooling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impact Network provides high quality, low cost education in community schools in rural Zambia. This is an ambitious effort and the staff is committed to creating a sustainable program that can be scaled through local partnerships. I had the honor of working for the organization and seeing first hand the impact on the students, teachers, and greater community.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has found a way to address both the access and quality problem for education in developing countries. As their name suggests, they are focused on creating real impacts in the world and have earned recognition for their work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Impact Network is a small nonprofit making large-scale, innovative and exciting change in the spaces of education and ed-tech in the challenging setting of rural Zambia. I am constantly blown away by the expertise and ability of the organization's small staff and their ability to operate such an extensive organization with limited resources. They are also fantastic with their social media efforts and connection friends and supporters with the students, staff and communities on the ground. The model of building and operating schools and partnering with communities they have developed through years of work has the potential to revolutionize educational outcomes in rural Zambia and around the region, continent and around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with several different organisations in several countries as a volunteer. I have found this Organization very good in using their resources wisely and using innovative ideas to educate needy children. I have known about Impact Network for approximately four years. I had an opportunity this year to visit schools and meet staff of schools in rural Zambia ( Katete Province).
My observations are that they are providing education in under served areas with involvement and input from local residents. They hire local teachers who are qualified and their performance is observed by teacher trainers and based on trainers observations teachers are provided resources and training. They are using e-learning to teach students which is very cost efficient and also maintains consistency of implementing government prescribed curriculum.
There are still many areas in the province/country who can benefit form this type of schools which can reduce poverty.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of working with a lot of worthwhile non-profit organizations in my career. None have demonstrated as much effectiveness and efficiency in so short a time frame as Impact Network. This organization helps more children for far less money than any other organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of Impact Network. They are committed to education in Zambia but also trying to do so with an innovative, cost effective and efficient approach. They are truly helping countless children get an education and have a more hopeful future.