AFRINSPIRE

Empowering women through literacy and life skills

We launch functional adult literacy (FAL) programmes to women's groups in communities across East Africa. This brings development to every household and empowers the women and their families, benefitting the whole community.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1163774)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£20,100

Donations

108

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • Whatever the project, we believe in lasting development led by local people

    — Ian Sanderson, CEO

  • Because of my knowledge [from FAL] I am now a rich person

    — Group leader, Manafwa

  • At first my neighbours were not interested in Functional Adult Literacy. But now that they have seen the changes it has made to my life, they want to be involved, too

    — Group leader, Kiryandongo

  • At first my neighbours were not interested in Functional Adult Literacy. But now that they have seen the changes it has made to my life, they want to be involved, too

    — Group leader, Kiryandongo

  • Because of my knowledge [from FAL] I am now a rich person

    — Group leader, Manafwa

  • Whatever the project, we believe in lasting development led by local people

    — Ian Sanderson, CEO

Situation

There is a systemic problem of abject poverty and inertia of those trapped in poverty, particularly in remote rural and neglected areas of Africa Meanwhile, adult literacy levels within the communities of the abject poor are between 60% to 90%. Literacy and education are critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.

Solution

Our solution is the formation of women's groups who come together around the aim of functional adult literacy. This provides not only literacy but also homestead development knowledge and practical development in every homestead. As groups learn they save money and develop income-generating projects that empower the women in self-help groups to raise themselves beyond mere survival and gives capacity for self-improvement. Groups are mobilised and supported, and become engines for change.