Tuesday, August 10, 2010

African Learning Foundation

I recently started a non-profit, African Learning Foundation (ALF). Our mission statement is as follows:

“The African Learning Foundation will promote education in Africa by building school and community libraries, laboratories and other educational facilities and by providing scholarships and internship opportunities to students with outstanding need or academic merit.”

Our first major project will be to raise $60,000 to build the first library in my town of Musanze. ALF will also create a scholarship fund and pay to ship books received via book drives. Once we have a website up and running, you will be able to track the progress of various projects as well as read student bios and personal essays.

ALF's first fundraiser will be held in October. I am currently in the process of producing a catalog of African jewelry, African print wrap skirts and bags (messenger bags, purses, laptop bags, and diaper bags), Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards and notecards, and other small gift items that will be sold at the fundraiser. Orders will be taken in October and merchandise will be distributed in early December, when I return to Pennsylvania.

The items that we are selling during the fundraiser are created by charities that employ and benefit various marginalized groups such as street children, widows, and people who are HIV-positive.

To donate or host an ALF fundraiser at your business or organization this October, please email me at africanlearningfoundation@yahoo.com.

Check out the pics below to see a few of the jewelry items which we will be selling.

Paper bead earrings and necklaces shown below are created by Caritas charities, which employs street children and pays for their school fees.

Glass bead necklace and slinky bracelet

Glass bead geometric headband

Marbelized clay bead necklace and earrings


  1. this is so exciting! just read the article in the paper. congratulations, i'm super proud of you. the jewelry is gorgeous too - i might need to have a headband!

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