Y-IMPACT works to help children who otherwise would not attend school by supplying educational materials to reduce or eliminate education costs.
UNESCO estimates that there are 61 million out of school children globally out of which 31 million are in Africa and 10 million of these are in Nigeria. A hungry child will not go to school neither will a sick child. At Y-IMPACT, we provide materials these children need: school uniforms, books, shoes, treated mosquito nets, drugs and health support items, rechargeable lamps and other relief materials. We use innovative techniques and socially innovative financing means to secure funding for the activities of the organisation. We utilize social media for advocacy campaigns to create awareness about the challenges children in disadvantaged communities are encountering. We also use social media for crowd sourcing to raise funds from individuals, clubs & societies, foundations, charities, non-profit organisations and private sector institutions. So far, we have sponsored over 800 children living in slums to attend schools. We have also helped built and equipped classrooms, libraries and computer rooms for children in these communities. Forty-six million African children have never set foot in a classroom.
Most African children who attend school have never owned a book of their own. In many classrooms, 10-20 students share one textbook. Many people in the United States take these educational necessities for granted, but children in Africa cherish books.
Y-IMPACT hopes to ship sea containers of books to rural school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs, and community resource centers. We strives to help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.
It costs about 50 cents to send a book from the United States to Africa. Over the next 5 years, we intend to ship 2 million books valued at $3.5 million to 27 cities in Nigeria, with an additional 50 computers and 5 brand new law/human rights libraries.
As part of this initiative, I am currently fundraising efforts to raise $100,000 for a book donation campaign. This will enable us to purchase and send 67,750 brand new books to school and community libraries in sub-Saharan Africa! If you would like to donate books or ship books to us, contact us at [email protected]
Where books are available, there are still very few. Empty library shelves are a constant reminder of Africa’s desperate need for printed materials. If we are to see the day when African school children are to have the books they need to learn the skills necessary to provide for themselves and others, Y-IMPACT must continue to send millions of books.
In Nigeria, we were in a small village and the students had a wonderful school. They were eager to learn. They had motivated teachers, but they didn’t have any books in the school. They had no library. And so, imagine how proud I was to open up this box of shiny new encyclopedias and dictionaries from my non-profit organisation. They want more of your books. They can’t wait. They can’t get enough of these books.
There are at least 370 million children living in Africa today. Without your help, many will never have access to books. Without your help, another generation of African children will grow up without books.
Please help us give the priceless gift of learning to children in Africa.
Please visit Y-IMPACT to find out more.