Hello readers! My name is Kristin Todd and I am the Communications Intern this summer. I am very excited to be working with Achieve in Africa, Inc. and to help get the word out about the organization’s projects. I am a rising senior at George Washington University in Washington, DC and I am majoring in International Affairs with a regional concentration in Africa. This past year I had the opportunity to study abroad for the entirety of my academic year. In the fall I participated in a language immersion program in Barcelona, Spain. This spring I studied in Stellenbosch, a small town just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, where I took classes that focused on community development and political and cultural transition in post-apartheid South Africa.
Throughout my time in college I have worked and volunteered in a variety of educational settings, both domestic and abroad. My studies and experiences have taught me the importance of education in creating meaningful and sustainable change. Education enables empowerment. Education that is relevant to a community helps the members of that community to learn valuable skills that those individuals can use in their daily lives. Additionally, education allows people to recognize their own potential. They develop confidence in themselves and feel empowered to improve their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Education has the ability to change lives.
During my time in South Africa, I taught once a week at a small primary school in a rural area called Lynedoch. My work at Lynedoch revealed the value of education, not only for the children that attended school, but also for the local community. In Lynedoch there exists a lack of financial education and entrepreneurial training within the community, as well as insufficient educational resources pertaining to prevalent health concerns such as HIV/AIDS. Lynedoch is not a unique example of the need that exists for effective education. Communities across Africa and other parts of the world hold substantial potential but lack the resources and knowledge to more effectively utilize the assets they already possess. For this reason, organizations such as Achieve in Africa have the ability to help communities in significant ways.
When I learned about the various projects that Achieve in Africa has established and the resources that it has provided to communities in Tanzania, I was eager to find a way to get involved with the organization. I was impressed by Achieve in Africa’s approach to development and its commitment to education. I look forward to getting to know the organization better and helping to find new connections for Achieve in Africa in order to continue its valuable work.