Kenya. Photo: Jenny Clare
An opportunity to help those in greatest need
Knowledge Africa is a program initiated in 2011 by the Board of The American Fund for Charities (AFC) to support educational initiatives across the African continent. It is funded by donations made to the AFC without a suggested grant recipient. From such funds, the AFC Board annually selects a few charities from our evaluated organizations to receive small grants.
Last year, Knowledge Africa supported two non-profits in Sierra Leone that were indirectly involved in mitigating the effects of the Ebola epidemic.
We would welcome your support of this program. Given our contacts and knowledge of non-profit organizations, the AFC can ensure that your donations will be put to good use.
MARTHA LOGAN THOMAS SOCIETY
(KNOWLEDGE AFRICA GRANT BENEFICIARY, 2014, 2015)
We are a small family charity based in Sierra Leone that has been providing scholarships to high school children for the past 27 years. Our assistance has consisted of tuition, books and other materials that their families cannot afford. Many students would have dropped out of school if it had not been for the Martha Logan Thomas Society providing scholarships for their education. Many of these kids have gone on to higher education institutions, excelling in their fields of study.
Using the funds donated by the American Fund for Charities in 2014/2015, MLTS was able to extend its reach beyond educational support. MLTS provided books and radios to over 200 school children in various parts of the country so they could keep up their education in the out of school programmes run by the Ministry of Education through the media. MLTS was also able to provide essential food and clothing to over 100 orphaned and abandoned children and families quarantined in their homes.
The grant from AFC allowed MLTS to provide essential health care to an orphaned Ebola victim who had suffered secondary symptoms from the treatment of the disease. MLTS paid for medical and physiotherapy care as well as psychological counseling to allow this 10-year-old to recover and be resettled in Moyamba District with her maternal grandmother. MLTS has stayed in touch is happy to report that the child is safe and well.
Rehabilitation of parts of the Masere Elementary School in the Masere Kpotho village of Port Loko District meant that 110 pupils could get access to safe drinking water with the new pump MLTS installed in the well; and have improved hygiene standards and stay safe from exposure to the elements with the construction of the new ventilated pit latrines in the school.
Identifying livelihood income as an important part of the rehabilitation of communities devastated by Ebola, MLTS is working with Ebola widows and other women in Lunsar to support their savings and loan “Osusu” scheme. Ten groups consisting of 6 women each are being provided with loans of between USD $5 to $100 for a range of micro and small business ventures. These seed loans will contribute to the recovery of their social and economic lives.
All of these activities were made possible through the Knowledge Africa funds from the AFC, for which the MLTS is very grateful.