Check in with Achieve In Africa – GWU

Achieve In Africa-GWU is a student run organization at the George Washington University that is dedicated to fundraising and advocating for AIA’s mission to improve education in rural Africa.  I checked in with AIA-GWU’s president and AIA intern Samah McGona to see how AIA-GWU’s first semester is going.

On the subject of AIA-GWU’s mission Samah reported that, “Our goal is to fundraise and advocate to improve education in rural African countries because education can provide children with the opportunity to reach there full potential and lead better lives.”

Samah, a sophomore at GW and president of AIA-GWU, is one of five dedicated executive board members who work to further the organization’s goals.  Paige Powers, AIA-GWU’s vice president was inspired to take on her role because of her involvement in the education program DC Reads.  She wants to help improve education and advocate for change.  AIA’s treasurer, Jessica Jaure, believe that equality in the education system is important in order to resolve other social issues.  Sarah Daly wanted to be involved in an advocacy organization on campus and took on the role as secretary for AIA-GWU.  AIA-GUW”s membership director, Melissa Sanchez was motivated to spread AIA’s mission with other students.  All the girls are sophomores, which ensures a sustainable future for AIA-GWU and I am excited to see what this group will do in the coming months and even years.

In the coming days they are hosting a number of events.  Tonight, Thursday October 4, they are cosponsoring a screening of Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides followed by a discussion with youth activists from Nepal and Nigeria on the Issue of Child Marriage.  This is a particularly relevant issue because marrying too young has a number of negative effects on both child brides and their communities and a leading cause of early and child marriage is a lack of education.

AIA-GWU’s first general body meeting will be on Monday, October 29th.  A fundraising event for AIA will follow starting the week of November 5.  AIA-GWU will be selling food and jewelry at a “Mingle with AIA-GWU” event.

There have been many exciting developments for AIA-GWU since the group was officially registered as a student organization only a few weeks ago.  It is so exciting to see other people who are so passionate about education in Africa joining AIA and working so hard to further our goals.

To find out more about AIA-GWU check out their Facebook page.  If you are inspired by the lovely ladies of AIA-GWU and would like to fundraise or start an organization of your own, check out our Ambassador Program here.  We would love to have more amazing Ambassadors like those at AIA-GWU!

– Haley Aubuchon