THE CAUSE FOR OUR CAUSE
Despite the widespread adoption of and progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, Africa continues to lag behind most of the world when it comes to socioeconomic development. In fact, a report by the Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa- Africa 2030: Sustainable Development Goals Three-Year Reality Check- reveals that minimal progress has been made and, in some instances, there is complete stagnation.
A child born in Africa today is still at risk of not receiving a full, high-quality education or decent health care. An African child in school today continues to struggle to read and write due to the poor quality of education services. Too many Africans continue not to visit the hospital due to a lack of money. In fact, 22 African countries have a Human Capital Index score of less than 0.4, In other words, a child born today in those countries will be only 40 percent as productive at 18 years of age as one who completes their education and enjoys full health.
Already, one in five African countries does not raise enough in revenues to meet its basic state functions. Even worse, in sub-Saharan Africa, that number is one in three. Consequently, African debt is rising. The number of African countries at high risk or in debt distress has more than doubled from eight in 2013 to 18 in 2018. Close to 40 percent of sub-Saharan African countries are at risk of a major debt crisis. Overall, we cannot postpone investment in human capital and people or we risk losing a generation.
Belay Begashaw, Director General - The Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa.
PROGRAMMES THAT DRIVE OUR MISSION
That skills development begins at a foundational level with youth in school. Our firm belief is that by empowering youth with the correct tools we not only offer them an opportunity for a better future but also give them the power to determine their own destiny. Through our Kommunity Career Handbook or KCH we provide youth in school with career guidance to help align their interests and passions to lifelong careers.
Is that through our robust low-tech solution, Iziwasha, we can begin to affect change in the lives of millions of women across the developing world by giving them back time. Research indicates that when more income is put into the hands of women, child nutrition, health and education improve. Our hope of creating a better future is the empowerment of women and combining this with the conservation of a lacking resource, water.
WE STAND FOR
The Desmond Kommunity Desks Campaign (‘Kommunity Desks’) is personally led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with the key mission of our work being the provision of 20 million Kommunity Desks to African school children by the end of 2025. An estimated 95+ million children in sub-Saharan Africa (3m+ in South Africa) are affected by classroom desk shortages, which has a direct, ongoing, and extremely negative impact on the development of a child’s literacy development and academic performance. The profile of these children is commonly referred to as the bottom-of-the-pyramid (underprivileged and impoverished).
Community Desks provides children in the most need with donor-sponsored Kommunity Desks, a mobile, steady and stable desk, enabling an immediate, lasting and positive impact on a beneficiary child’s literacy development and overall academic performance.
The realisation of an HIV/AIDS free generation that is empowered to make positive and responsible sexual decisions. The goal of this programme is to add value to sexual health by encouraging and educating youth to practice safe and responsible sexual behaviour. By changing behaviour through the provision of a Condom Case we aim to destigmatise condom carriage and the use of condoms by youth. Since the start of the HIV/Aids epidemic, an estimated 74.9 million people have become infected with HIV and 32 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.