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The Wrong Focus

     Whatever you focus on, you get more of.

     In the 1850s, Americans had a life expectancy of 45 years. Only 10% of the country had access to secondary education. The infant mortality rate was almost 20%. But what America did over the next century was unprecedented. American entrepreneurs innovated. They built products that, once considered luxuries, were suddenly accessible to the average household. Incredible infrastructure and whole industries developed around these products. It wasn’t until after Henry Ford made the car affordable to the average American that roads were built, suburbs were developed, and agriculture became more productive.

     America focused on innovation… and development, infrastructure, and prosperity eventually followed.

     We spend billions of dollars every year trying to eradicate poverty, yet many countries receiving the largest portions of aid are poorer today than they were 50 years ago. So why do we continue to focus on poverty?

     What we have realized is that we are focusing on the wrong target. When we focus on poverty, we see everything through that lens. Focusing on not being poor is like focusing on not running your car into a ditch. Whatever you fix your eyes on, you will eventually collide with. What we should focus on instead, is the road ahead of us.

     Our mission at Action Two Africa is to create innovators who will drive their country and their economies forward. We focus on education because it is through this means that we empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs. Our focus is on the road ahead.

     Our mission is not to push resources on communities. Rather, it is to enable and empower children to get an education, so they can create their own resources. That is the only way forward.

     So with this focus in mind, will you consider joining our mission?

What do they have in common?

Ilhan Omar spent a good portion of her childhood living in a refugee camp in Kenya. When she was 14 years old, she had the opportunity to move to the United States and later, receive a college education. On November 6, 2018, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American elected to the United States Congress, […] Continue reading →

Goals for 2019

We are happy to inform you that the children in our Child Sponsorship Program are excelling in school this year, and are already talking (with excitement) about how much they are looking forward to going back to school next year. But, we need your help to make this happen! As we get closer to the […] Continue reading →

The Fight Against Stigma

    Numbers and statistics are great, but today, I want to tell you a story.     When Christina and I were in Kenya, working in the Kiambiu slum, the issue of HIV and AIDS came up a lot. It was my understanding that they were the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in Africa each year. […] Continue reading →

Godfrey’s Story

Tears streamed down Godfrey’s cheeks as he explained how, one day, he wanted to become a teacher. His eyes averted, he struggled to summon the words to explain just how passionate he was about arming the next generation with the most powerful weapon of all: education. It’s been over two years since Godfrey and his […] Continue reading →

Powerful Voices

Women are powerful, and we have the desire and drive to improve the world around us, but sometimes our voices and actions go unheard or are never developed because of a lack of opportunity. Sometimes that opportunity is taken away because of culture, sometimes because of socioeconomic status, and sometimes because of a lack of […] Continue reading →

Increasing Our Outreach

We here at Action Two Africa (A2A) are saddened to let you know that our office in Kiambiu, Kenya, is now closed due to a lack of funding. Over the last few years, we have not received adequate donations to support the office space that Humphrey previously worked out of, and where children could come […] Continue reading →

Overcoming Obstacles

As many of you know, last year I (Christina) hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT). It was one of my dreams to complete the entire trail. The AT is a 2,190 mile trail that passes through 14 states. I endured unbearably cold weather, hot weather, poisonous snakes, bears, injuries, and the occasional lack of food and […] Continue reading →

Education Equals a Brighter Future

What does education really do for young women in Kenya? While education is important for everyone, it is an essential area of empowerment for young women in Kiambiu, Kenya. Education provides stability. Being in school helps to provide a consistent schedule, stable meals and housing, and the chance to grow and flourish in a healthy […] Continue reading →