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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?