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From selling groceries out of a truck to advanced education By Chloe Yin Susan Javangwe outside her parents home. Susan Javangwe was born in 1996 to a poor household in Zimbabwe. At 22 years old, she is already divorced and has a child who needs support from her. She has been out of school since 2013 due to a severe lack of income. Her mother, Angela Nzvenge, tried to send her to school but could not do so, as she is unemployed. Her family even struggles to meet their day-to-
From suffering leg pains to helping those who suffer By Chloe Yin Menia Musiiwa and Stanley Ndambakuwa pose for a picture with her classmates. Menia Musiiwa was born in 2004 to an impoverished family in Zimbabwe. From a young age, she suffered from leg pains, making many everyday activities difficult. Menia attended school through Grade 3 but ceased her education in 2018 due to a severe lack of income. Menia’s family was struck by extreme drought, and her parents were rendere
How a scholarship is bringing one girl out of poverty By: Gillian Brand Tsungai Mugari at her homestead in Bushmead village in Musena, Zimbabwe. Tsungai Melody Mugari was born in 2003 to a poor family in Zimbabwe. When she was a young child her parents aimed to be farmers, but they did not have both the human and financial resources to do so. Tsungai’s father passed away when she was just six years old, leaving her unemployed mother to take care of her and her four siblings.
Mothers deserve to finish their education - despite their age or social standing By Gillian Brand Ndakaziva Muraugwa and one of her children. Image: Stanley Ndambakuwa/ACFE By age 29 Ndakaziva Muraugwa was not only married, but taking care of her three children and her sick husband. Despite her tireless efforts, she faced abuse and domestic violence at home. This early and unhealthy marriage forced her to leave school before being able to write form four, the final level of l
The 2nd Annual Girls Education Conference: Progress, Power & Possibilities was held on June 24, 2020, via zoom. The conference was presented by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and African Community Fund for Education (ACFE Group). It is a virtual, half-day summit designed for attendees to learn from and contribute to a discussion on early learning innovations, expanding youth educational experiences, the importance of mentorship, and the economic impact of investing in girls’ educa
2nd Annual Girls Education Conference:
Progress, Power & Possibilities Wednesday, June 24, 2020. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The conference will be held virtually. The 2nd Annual Girls Education Conference: Progress, Power & Possibilities, presented by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and African Community Fund for Education (ACFE Group) is a virtual, half-day summit designed for attendees to learn from and contribute to a discussion on early learning innovation, expanding youth educational
When I became an Obama Scholar, I knew that I would change the world. In Chicago, together with 24 other Obama Scholars from across the globe, I was fortunate to spend a year at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. This incredible opportunity equipped me with the skills, experiences, training and the connections from the Obama Foundation’s network of young leaders and global change-makers to help me to take my work to the next level. We are excited to a
For the past two weeks, I made the bold step to personally visit 100 families in the community of Musena in Zimbabwe, reaching 21 villages - stretching more than 18 kilometers of travel distance - the same distance young boys and girls need to walk to get to school each day. Those that get the chance to walk to school each day are the most privileged, many kids do not have tuition to join the walk to school. During my visits, I met children born with HIV and AIDS and some wit
My name is Omphile Mokwena. I come from Ga-Rankuwa in the northern part of South Africa. My community is one of the marginalized, and one of the historically segregated communities from Apartheid. I am currently in Grade 10 and doing well in my studies. Ga-Rankuwa is not an easy place to grow up in, it has a lot of challenges and unhealthy patterns that the youths get tangled up in. For example, there are a lot of Taverns where people buy alcohol, and drugs, and party at nigh
Dorri McWhorter, the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago & Stanley Ndambakuwa, the President & CEO of the African Community Fund for Education Group give their welcome remarks at the opening of the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference in Chicago. On May 17th, in Chicago, the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in partnership with the African Community Fund for Education Group launched the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference. At the core, this conference was proudly sponsored by the
Today May 17th, in Chicago, the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in partnership with the African Community Fund for Education Group welcomes leaders from across the US and the world to the launch of the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference. Dorri McWhorter, the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago & Stanley Ndambakuwa, the CEO of the African Community Fund for Education Group, take to the stage to introduce this life-size partnership to create opportunities to educate girls. This c
Chicago, April 25. On April 24, students at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in partnership with Stanley Ndambakuwa have launched a GoFundMe Project to raise funds to support the African Community Fund for Education Group. The idea was formed on April 18, 2019, when Stanley Ndambakuwa took to the stage in the South Side of Chicago to share his vision with graduate students attending a Pecha Kucha Night. Many students followed up with intentions to supp
Chicago, April 16, 2019. The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in partnership with the African Community Fund for Education Group will be launching the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference in Chicago on May 17, 2017. This conference will bring together leaders from across the US, and the world, to raise awareness and engage in dialogue around the importance of investing in girls’ education, and to raise funds to support various girls’ education initiatives. The theme for the event i
New York, NY. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are the architects based in New York City, known for their work in designing museums and top educational institutions in the US. They currently completed a major project of designing the Obama Presidential Center which is to be built in the South Side of Chicago. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are the first to make the biggest donation to the African Community Fund for Education Group as individuals. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Archite
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Today, we are celebrating Stanley Ndambakuwa's 29th birthday. On 25 June 2013, Stanley founded the African Community Fund for Education Group. He was a foreign student in South Africa, and had spent three years working as a student assistant, and leading a student organization to promote recycling activities around the campus. He worked with churches to promote faith, and encourage young people to live according to societal norms and values. Stanley also took additional respo
Stanley Ndambakuwa posts an image on the Inaugural Obama Scholars story board in Chicago while attending a storytelling workshop during the Obama Foundation Scholars orientation week in August 2018. Photo by The Obama Foundation On August 22, 2018, I moved to start a new life in the South Side of Chicago, the future home of the Obama Presidential Center, and a place where President Barack Obama began his leadership journey as a community organizer. A community where his story