My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Anike Foundation, Incorporated, West Boylston, MA, USA
Developing Education in Africa (www.anikefoundation.org)
As an African-born child, I grew up in circumstances not very different from those of the people that Anike Foundation now helps. Anike Foundation is a community of people who share a common belief that abundant resources in the developed world, channeled appropriately, could alleviate the problem of illiteracy in Africa. Our core mission is to promote educational development in Africa by gathering educational resources from developed nations and distributing them to needy institutions in Africa. We do this by forming partnerships with nonprofit organizations and educational institutions whose mission and objectives are aligned with ours.
On one occasion, we asked one of our partner organizations, an elementary school in Uganda, what resources we could provide to them to meet their education needs. They answered in no uncertain terms that their most dire need at the time was a latrine or toilet facility for the school children. Although this request did not fall directly under what we defined as 'educational resources,' we proceeded to raise funds to build a toilet facility for the school. A latrine was erected a year later, thereby alleviating rather harrowing conditions under which these school children were learning. This experience taught me that we cannot promote educational development without attending to the most basic needs of the pupils we are trying to help. While ministering to their educational resources, we must keep in our peripheral vision the conditions under which they are studying and take steps to address them as needed.