If you are thinking about engaging with an organization serving vulnerable students, here are a few examples of popular trends that might not be as helpful as they seem, and some suggestions for how to redirect these efforts to truly benefit communities and organizations.
The Beacon of Hope school opened in Soroti in 2006—the first students were all former abductees of the Lord’s Resistance Army or former LRA soldiers. The last child soldiers graduated in 2014, but the school has continued to focus on assisting the most vulnerable youth in the community.
Indego Africa’s workshop provides young college graduates in Rwanda with technology training, job application guidance, and business skills (like time management and office communication) to help them enter and succeed in the workforce.
In the past three years, 72 girls in the WISER program have begun post-secondary education and become role models in their communities. And almost all of them have the same goal of raising their communities up.
This weekend, the Global Fund raised nearly $13 billion to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria; Canadian ONE members held their very first summit in Montreal; and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Bono, Bill Gates, and Danai Gurira sat down to talk about why #PovertyIsSexist.