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Review for Project Akilah Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Akilah holds a very special place in the hearts of our family. We visited Akilah in Kigali and became good friends with one of its founders, Elizabeth Davis who is an inspiration. Often non-profits take on the personalities of their leaders and that is true in many ways of Akilah. To meet Elizabeth Davis is to be caught up in a river of passion over the empowerment of women in a country uniquely dependent on the future success of its women. The realization that something monumental is happening at Akilah not just for its students but for the country permeates the zealous dedication of everyone who works there as well as the students who are privileged to attend Akilah. This is not just an African school that needs funds. This is a game changing institution for an entire generation of women and a country desperate for newly trained leaders and employees.

Our daughters attend a very privileged all-girls school outside of Philadelphia. Elizabeth has come to speak to the entire student body on several occasions, most recently with two Akilah students as part of the school's Metropolitan Safari. Closeness in age is all that young women need to develop an instant bond, but the disparity in life experience takes that bond to a different level that creates a broader perspective of the circumstances of women around the world. Thanks to those visits, a club has been formed at our daughters' school that is currently looking to help create Western internship opportunities for Akilah girls as well as other cross curricular projects that will further enhance the bonds between the two student bodies. So the ripples of Akilah are immense.

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

Our meetings and growing friendship with school leadership and the students. We have also found friends of ours in our community moved and determined to get involved to sponsor students at Akilah, Most importantly, our daughters will be forever changed by their interaction with Akilah and its leadership.

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

do nothing.

Role:  Donor & We have been a donor, a host, a sponsor and a friend.