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As the etymology of the word educere implies, to educate truly means to “lead someone out of or away from” something. Often, this means to lead them out of ignorance toward truth and knowledge. It is in education that the three main agents of human and social development meet and work together:
–    Teachers, who must be dedicated and well-trained;
–    Parents, acting as the head of the family, the basic cell of society;
–    Children, with their ability to dream big and their thirst for knowledge.

By focusing on education and family, we build sustainable, long-term growth instead of providing a temporary fix to problems. Better education and stronger families in Africa means a better Africa. A better Africa means a better world.

Women bringing gifts

Women play an essential role in African development, which is why many of the programs supported by Harambee USA Foundation are operated by and for women. Our initiatives aim to help the African nations understand the risks their communities face by not educating girls. The Foundation sees clearly that work with women of all ages has an astonishing impact on cultural change, particularly in developing nations. In the sub-Sahara, women often serve alone as primary educators of their children. The role of women as wives and mothers, primary caregivers and often the sole providers for their families, has a heavy, often negative, inter-generational influence. Harambee USA Foundation is committed to making the African woman’s contribution to African national development not only tangible and long-lasting, but more positive and life-sustaining.

To be accepted for consideration, projects must be proposed by non-profit organizations established in the receiving country and legally recognized by the local authorities. The proposing entity must have a successful track record in the field of education and local personnel with adequate technical competency to manage the project. Proposed projects can last a maximum of 12 months and must be ready for implementation within 30 days of receiving the first payment from Harambee. Failure from the local entity to communicate delays or problems affecting implementation results in termination of funding.

We give priority in our project selection to:
–    Projects aimed at women and children living in rural areas or impoverished urban areas;
–    Projects that are able to obtain additional local resources as a result of Harambee’s funding;
–    Projects that can generate additional development initiatives;
–    Literacy programs for children, adolescents and adults;
–    Primary education (formal and non formal);
–    Teacher training;
–    Vocational and job training;
–    Multi-disciplinary and holistic education programs.

The Harambee network may finance up to 90% of the total approved project cost, to a maximum of $50,000. The proposing entity must contribute at least 10% of the total project cost in cash.

We fund direct costs related to the educational activities, such as:
–    Travel and lodging for training courses;
–    Teaching materials;
–    Education personnel;
–    Tools and other training equipment.

Non-Eligible expenses include: general overhead, management costs, consumer goods, rent, taxes, public services, maintenance, customs, etc.