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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?

Overcoming

Our most recent project, “Empower Kenyan Girls through Education” aims to provide girls in Kiambiu with the opportunity to pursue the education that they’re constitutionally guaranteed. Mercy is one of the young women benefitting from this project, and her story is a testament to the motivation and passion that characterizes the youth in her community. […] Continue reading →

Every Girl Counts

According to the African Development Bank, more girls in Africa are in school today than ever before. In fact, the number of girls in East Africa that are attending school has almost doubled in the last 10 years. This is promising news, and reason to celebrate! However, the girls who are not currently in school, […] Continue reading →

Girl’s Power

Empowering girls matters. According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when girls are in school, they are “less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; less vulnerable to disease; more likely to have healthy babies; more likely to send their own children to school; […] Continue reading →

2017: Looking Forward

2017 is here and the months are already flying by! Last December, seven of the incredible young men and women in our Child Sponsorship Program graduated from high school! We want to recognize their hard work! Congratulations to Sharon, Peter, Diana, Daniel, Esther, Nancy, and Sanchez for finishing some of the most challenging years of […] Continue reading →

Is Private Education Really Necessary?

Sometimes, when we tell people that a big part of Action Two Africa’s mission is to put children into private schools in Kenya, we worry that this concept might be misunderstood. In 2003, Kenya’s president made primary education (1st through 8th grade) free. This fact might lead one to ask, “Then why are donations and […] Continue reading →

2nd Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser

Summer is in full swing and, looking back, we are amazed that a year has already passed since our Open Challenge and the start of our partnership with GlobalGiving! During the Open Challenge, we were able to raise $8,130, enough to provide school sponsorships for 13 Kenyan children. We were so humbled and grateful for […] Continue reading →

Raphael’s Transformation

*This update is from Humphrey Muchuma, founder and CEO of Action Two Africa, and a dedicated Kenyan citizen Raphael is a 17-year old boy from Kiambiu. I have known Raphael’s family for a long time. They have lived in Kiambiu since 2004. Last year, Raphael’s mother came to me, very concerned. Her son had always […] Continue reading →