16 Sep Unstoppable Foundation Advances Girls’ Education in Africa, One Village at a Time
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year a record number of girls in sub-Saharan Africa have access to an education for the first time, thanks to The Unstoppable Foundation’s powerful “Sponsor a Village” model. More than 6,000 of the world’s neediest children are going to school, and their families are getting the tools they need for self-sufficiency – clean water, sanitation, healthcare and income skills training.
“The Unstoppable Foundation Sponsor a Village program creates not only schoolhouses but real opportunity for self-sustaining progress through the five-pillar model of education, clean water and sanitation, healthcare, nutrition and income training. We join forces with our implementing partners on the ground to transform entire communities,” said Cynthia Kersey, founder and CEO of The Unstoppable Foundation.
Sponsor a Village donations are pooled together to support self-sustaining villages, producing far greater results than individual gifts. Each pool of $25,000 creates a schoolhouse plus the tools crucial to lifting a community out of poverty.
Since 2008, The Unstoppable Foundation has funded 62 schoolhouses and two secondary schools for girls in sub-Saharan Africa, 6,028 children are receiving an education and daily nutritious meal, and more than 20,000 people have access to clean water, sanitation, healthcare, food and nutrition, and income skills training.
“In a region of Africa where one in ten children dies before the age of five, and where many girls are married off at 12 years of age and subjected to rituals such as female genital mutilation, the education of thousands of girls is already making a difference. Each student is primed and passionate to make an impact on her community and has taken a huge step towards creating a hopeful future for herself and her family.
“As we reflect on the tremendous progress that we have made, we’re looking ahead to double the number of children educated in the next twelve months, to an additional 5,000,” said Kersey.
The Unstoppable Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organization bringing sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries, thereby creating a safer and more just world for everyone.
To sponsor a village and support The Unstoppable Foundation’s 2014 initiative to educate 5,000 additional children in developing communities around the world, learn more at www.unstoppablefoundation.org.