Children face immense challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, every thirty seconds, a child dies of a treatable disease, complications from HIV/AIDS, or hunger. Since 2000, Action Africa has worked with local communities to meet these challenges through diverse on-the-ground programs that focus on the issues of health, education, economic self-sufficiency and human rights.
For example, Action Africa’s Surround-a-child sponsorship program provides children with the resources necessary to break out of the cycle of illiteracy, poverty and dependency. With a sponsor’s $12 monthly contribution, a child is able to go to school and receive nutritional and health support.
Action Africa mobilizes entire communities to launch and sustain life-changing programs and self-help initiatives. Thousands of children have been motivated to stay in school, avoid risky behaviors and contribute to human progress in their own villages by volunteering. Our five-year campaign, which ends in 2012, seeks to provide support for one million at-risk children, helping them to enter and stay in school.
Other programs help families to launch and run small businesses, provide supplies to medical clinics, and dig wells to ensure access to safe drinking water. Local volunteers are enlisted in most programs, including village leaders, teachers, social workers, pastors, and medical professionals.