I am super excited to share my experience to volunteer in Pivot Academy because it gave me a chance to impact my community. I am Patrick Mahirwe, volunteered as a facilitator for five weeks in the summer of 2017 as a part of Pivot Academy Rwanda where I got exceptional skills as a facilitator, an educator, and a role model. My work entailed going through a week-long training course to become a facilitator and two weeks working with a team of eighteen students at two different secondary schools in Ruhango School District. I spent a week at each school coaching the students on the importance of high-quality STEM education and how they can use design cycle thinking to solve problems in their local communities. I was instrumental in the success of this program and demonstrated natural leadership skills throughout the Student Academy. Not only did I display exceptional teaching and leadership skills, but I was also incredibly punctual, prepared, and hard-working each day of the program. I was also organized and a significant contributor and collaborator at team meetings. The students both admired and respected me and I, in turn, offered them valuable knowledge and advice that they appreciated. As a facilitator, I was encouraging, responsible, and skilled in providing engaging content that promoted critical thinking. As a person, I am kind, hard-working, and dedicated to my passions which include volunteer work and education.
As a participate in the NewGen Peacebuilders program in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA I have had the pleasure of working with the amazing Mothering Across Continents team. The knowledge and skills I learned in NewGen Peacebuilders 4 years ago, I still use today. The facilitators were incredibly knowledgeable about their topics and worked hard to explain when needed and made sure to follow up. I am so honored to call myself a certified NewGen Peacebuilder because anyone who has the pleasure of working with this organization is truly blessed. - Milan Novakovic
Mothering Across Continents has been a wonderful partner in creating top notch educational programs and school buildings for at risk students in Ruweng State, South Sudan.
MAC has worked the past three year in improving STEM education in East Africa through their project call Pivot Academy. They have engaged with over 600 high school student and 40 teacher in Rwanda and plan to expand to other countries in East Africa. Please keep changing lives.
I have worked with Mothering Across Continents over the past 2 years in one of its projects in Rwanda called Pivot Academy. This project focuses on empowering science students with better knowledge thorough hands-on experiments and technology. Personally, I don't have a strong background in sciences, but being involved in Pivot Academy made me get to experience how studying science being provided with a time for practice is very exciting and important--unfortunately only few students get this chance in Rwanda. I was proud of being part of a very dynamic and vibrant team that is doing its best to bring revolution in high school science education in Rwanda because I could see the excitement from the students and a high level of participation and collaboration--which I believe will make them acquire advanced practical skills in return.
Mothering Across Continents equips its young participants with the time-tested knowledge and tools to create positive change in their community or globally. Participants are challenged to first understand the nuances within existing humanitarian conflicts, and then only afterward to envision solutions to that conflict. Whereas students have many opportunities to lend a hand in community service/volunteer projects through school, I can't think of another program like Mothering Across Continents that forces them to really examine why certain conflicts persist and to improve upon existing "band aid" solutions.
I spent this past summer working with math teachers in Rwanda through Pivot Academy (one of MAC's programs). This was an incredible experience. I really valued having the opportunity to visit schools in another part of the world and to share teaching strategies internationally. Thanks to Mothering Across Continents, I have been able to stay in touch with the teachers and community members who I met through Pivot Academy Rwanda.
This organization does amazing and professional worh on behalf of woman and orphans around the world! Allowing passionate world citizens to implement their dreams of helping others, teaching the win-win effect of community service to US teens, and connecting the arts to global awareness is what the do; it's how they do it... Efficient, effective, and personal!
I have worked with this organization for five years. Their staff is top notch and they get results! Because of them, a school was build in a remote South Sudanese village. More projects are underway to benefit South Sudan.
Mothering Across Continents has created a solid framework by which our team is in the process of creating two sustainable school projects in South Sudan. Even though working in South Sudan is extremely difficult, our project, designed by Mothering Across Continents has met goals that other groups have only hoped to achieve.
I direct a non-profit that like Mothering Across Continents also works in South Sudan, which is a particularly hard context because of the current tribal conflict, and government instability. I am very impressed with Mothering Across Continents for persevering, despite all the challenges. I also am particularly impressed with their very effective programs to engage schools in the US in both learning about South Sudan, in advocacy the the US government, and fundraising for projects that really make a difference! Well done!
Review from Guidestar
My students have worked with Mothering Across Continents for several years raising money to build schools in South Sudan. Their "hands on" approach with students has helped them to see beyond their scope and to feel empathy towards the needs of others. This is a wonderful organization that creates leaders and builds awareness so that students learn to take action.
I consulted for Mothering Across Continents, specifically on their “Adopting Dreams. Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders" initiative. The scope and scale of their work could be overwhelming for many- but what others see as a barrier they see as an opportunity. They directly impact and educate the youth on global issues as a means of bring awareness into the classroom which of course travels back to the family room. And this interconnected action allows for mobility and energy to combine and create art inspired projects that do more than fill a requirement, they transform individuals locally and positively impact cultures globally.
Mothering Across Continents assisted our school in becoming a part of a global service project and helped our faculty understand the complex problems that surround need in developing countries. We wanted to focus our service project around the idea of clean water and discovered their global classroom materials online. They came to us to deliver staff development, as well as, student leadership development. Students grew in their knowledge of global problems and became partners to affect change in South Sudan. They have gained a better understanding of issues like poverty, conflict, hunger, and resource management. Most importantly our school understands that we have a place in the global community and our responsibility is to educate students, our own community and to reach out and partner with those who need help.
I had the opportunity to work with this organization on a project my senior year of high school. Not only were we successful in our project, they were very helpful at letting the students learn the ins and outs of the business. We were treated like peers and adults but at the same time if we needed help with anything they were always there. The people from MAC that we worked with were incredibly personable and I still keep in touch with one which I think really shows that they care about more than just raising the money but the people they are working with as well. I still continue to donate money to the causes they have and I hope to even work with them in the near future as an intern or still as a volunteer!
At my high school I had heard of mothering across continents. Everyone at East Meck had on a black south Sudan shirt. The following year I had the opportunity to organize our schools event for mothering across continents and use the anyone can campaign. We fluctuated on the anyone can aspect of it and we involved our EC and ESL students I the painting party. We recognized their view of hunger , poverty, water and infrastructure, as well as other topics. Mothering accepss continents has given my hogh school the opportunity to think about an other society and acknowledge their dreams. Our students have actually stood up for education for the south Sudan children. We thank mothering accross continents for bringing knowledge into our school and giving up that drive to help others.
A Lost Boy of Sudan named James Lubo Mijak and I had a dream to build a school in South Sudan back in 2009. We were floundering until we met Mothering Across Continents. Since then, with their tireless direction and support, we've raised more than $300,000 and have completed a school in one of the most remote places in the world. We simply could not have done it without them. And, there is so much more work to do and Mothering is committed to seeing it through with us.
After 3 years of working closely on this project, Raising South Sudan, I was asked to join the board of Mothering. I gladly accepted.
I have had the chance to work with Mothering Across Continents for the past few years. The organization is wonderful and provides all with the opportunity to help those in need and truly make a difference in the world, while touching the hearts of many. I have worked with them on the "Raising Sudan" project and was amazed by the enthusiasm and love it's leaders expressed and inspired in others. I saw my school and community come together and work toward a common goal of building schools as well as wells in South Sudan. These projects have changed lives including mine, and without MAC none of it would have been possible. The organization is wonderful in every aspect and gives even high school students a chance to be a part of their family and change the world.
Mothering Across Continents is making great impact across the globle by being the catalyst for many impact-full projects. My recent interaction with this foundation has greated expanded opportunites for our foundation. They are true to their mission and I highly recommend that they be considered for this opportunity.
Saya Doe Sio
Founder and Chairman
Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation
Mothering Across Continents is a wonderful organization. They came and worked with my school and others to raise money and awareness for a civilization is South Sudan. When they came to work with us it was wonderful to see how everybody wanted to get involved and how they made it so fun and easy for everyone to get involved. Working with this organization was a blast we were able to raise a large amount of money for South Sudan, more than just my school was involved. They were able to incorporate several schools in North Carolina to make our project amazing. It was great how they were able to let everybody give a helping, they made it where is was easy to help make a difference and that was the best part .
Mothering Across Continents cooperated with my school and others to raise capital to improve life conditions in South Sudan. I was floored by their passion for the cause and their faith in younger generations as a force for good. They are fantastic examples of the measures that should be taken to raise young people to their full potential. They offered students many educational tools and opportunities to make a change for South Sudan.
I was put in touch wtih Mothering Across Continents this year when my daughter had an African Studies class that she was doing research for. She had a number of questions specifically related to areas where Mothering Across Continents does work so she reached out to them directly. They were very responsive and the information she received was extremely helpful. The people at MAC are obviously very passionate in their mission to help people. It is defintiely an organization that my family will become more involved with.
As a professional travel advisor I have worked with two people involved in this organization. I then peronnally got involved in a specific project in Rwanda that grew out of one client's experience while tracking gorillas there. The local school was in much need of basic improvements and volunteers to assist the teachers. I too had been to Rwanda, seen the school and wished I could help. When Mothering Across Continents got involved, I was able to channel other like-minded clients of mine who had been to Rwanda to the organization. I was glad that I had the opportunity to help in a small way. I have seen the difference this group has made and will continue to encourgage clients to experience a visit to the school when in Rwanda. When they return, I will put them in touch with Mothering Across Continents if they are moved by their experience as most are.
I learned about Mathering across Contintents many years ago, and had the pleasure to meet some people last year in person. The virtue, tenacity and sensitivity upon the approach and esp. commitment to the defined task, to create / maintain this platform, which supports to launch or consult with and mentor dream projects to became real, I highly respect and support.
The thoughtful evaluation, whether for the individual project like school building, literacy, meals, life skills/leadership development, and peace projects might serve best, is always respecting the individual, local situation, with having the global setting in mind.
Organisations - business, politics, arts, science, or commerce – have an urgent requirement to invest in the future leadership. The leaders of our future world may appear to be among those who are ‘The Haves’ rather than ‘The Have-Nots’ - which are here in the focus.
Mothering across Continents provides a plattform for those, who might be the next generation, that will lead with confidence in their leadership, able to guide themselves and organisations in the new and uncharted territory of a changing, unpredictable and emerging world.
My introduction to Mothering Across Continents was a number of years ago through one of the Lost Boys from Sudan, James Lubo Majak. I was forever moved by his testimony that education was more important than food, water or shelter because if you are educated then you can figure a way to acquire the others. Plus, I was amazed to learn that Lubo was in the process of earning a degree from UNC Charlotte given his tremendously challenged youth back in his homeland .
Based upon my being enlightened and inspired by Lubo, I became increasingly appreciative of Mothering Across Continents who was sponsoring his mission of building the first permanent primary school in South Sudan. My deep admiration and support of Mothering Across Continents was genuinely earned by their successfully completing the first school in South Sudan. Therefore to me they not only "Adopt Dreams" but also "Realize Dreams" in the process of "Raising Tomorrows Leaders"
Another impressive dimension about Mother Across Continents in addition to their passionate global reach is their equally effective commitment to communities close to home. This past spring I witnessed their engagement of students across the Charlotte region in hands on learning and project support of their core values. These ranging from education / literacy, poverty / global economy, water / infrastructure, hunger / nutrition. environmental / climate changes to peace, conflict resolution, social attitudes and behavioral tolerance.
I am a volunteer for the High Hopes Haiti (HHH) project for Mothering Across Continents (MAC). Through the HHH project I have been able to learn how to innovate with little resources. It is a fulfilling experience to imagine and then execute a co-created vision to empower women in rural Haiti. What is amazing about this organization is that it allows you to take your dreams and realize them through the MAC platform that provides coaching and leadership development. MAC is not only about measuring tangible outcomes like building a school or providing necessary nutrition for a productive learning environment but also shifts the consciousness for all involved to be aware of how they impact global society through their actions.