Archive for April, 2012

April 18, 2012

It’s National Volunteer Week! Get involved!

We may be halfway through the week already, but it’s never too late to get involved and make a difference!

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. This week demonstrates that by working together, in unison, we are capable of tackling our challenges and accomplishing our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking ACTION and  encouraging individuals and communities to be a force for social change—to demonstrate our collective power to foster positive transformation.

We at Achieve in Africa are so greatful for our volunteers, who dedicate their time, energy, and resources to furthering our mission of bringing quality education to Africa’s rural communities.  Without our volunteers, our achievements would not be possible.  THANK YOU!

In addition to expressing our gratitude, we’d also like to encourage you to keep up the great work and seek out new ways to engage with our cause.

You can become an AIA Ambassador! As an ambassador you can fundraise with your classmates, group of friends, club, or on behalf of your town. No previous fundraising experience is necessary, just an interest in Achieve in Africa’s mission. To receive the AIA Ambassador Manual to help get you started, please email with your name, the city and state where you plan on fundraising, and any additional information you care to share to introduce yourself.

You can spread the word! Send a message to a friend, shop for AIA, or make a donation in someone else’s name. For ideas on how to educate others about AIA check out our page:

You can make a donation! It’s as easy as clicking a button (check out the sidebar).  Currently we are working on constructing desperately needed desks for our learners — for only $44 you can support student learning by ensuring that a child has a well-crafted desk to use at school.  We have big plans for the future and every dollar can bring us one step closer to reaching our goals!

You can share your connections! If you have connections to organizaitons, media outlets, or individuals that can help us grow, we would love to get in touch with them!  For a complete list of connections we are striving to make, please see our previous blog post.

“Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers. I encourage every American to stand up and play their part — to put their shoulder up against the wheel and help change history’s course.”  — President Barack Obama

April 4, 2012

Progress update: First Batch of Desks Complete!

 In our last field update, we shared the exciting news that our Secondary School had opened in Olasiti!  We also shared photos of desks that we were in the process of constructing for the classroom.  The desk construction is a necessary project because students are currently sitting on either bricks or old paint cans and containers  instead of desks.  Despite now having classrooms, students in the Secondary School lack their own personal space in which to effectively complete their work — a reality that can disrupt the learning process.

Students sitting on bricks and old paint containers during class.

Students carrying their "chairs" to school.


We are proud to say that our first batch of desks is now complete!  They have been moved into the classroom and are now being enjoyed by the students!

Students help unload their new desks and chairs.

Students sitting at their newly constructed desks.


We’re planning to build more classrooms for this Secondary School, enough to accommodate these students when they move on to the
next grade next year.  These students will need desks, as well.  We will be using funds we receive to continue classroom and desk construction for our Secondary School.  We have five classrooms already and we plan to build 19 additional classrooms so that the school can accommodate 6 grade levels (at four classrooms per grade level).  This is a cost of $10,000 per classroom. 50 desks are required for each classroom, and each desk can be constructed through a donation of $44.  Please consider helping us reach our goals by donating or connecting with Achieve in Africa in a variety of other ways.

Thank you for your continued support!