9 Rockstar Foundations fighting for African children’s rights.

African children represent the hope of the continent, and I say this with all the
confidence that I can muster. I am certain of this because, of the 1.3 billion people
on the continent, 50% are young people and children below the age of 18. Sadly,
most of these children have had to endure harsh conditions as a result of war,
government apathy, corruption and poverty.
Thankfully, there are a number of organisations who have made it their goal to
emancipate the average African child. We will give credit to some of these
organisations in this article.

  1. Save the Children Nigeria:
    Save the children Nigeria was formed in the year 2001 with the goal of literally
    saving the Nigerian child. In their words, their mission is ‘to ensure all children
    survive, learn and are protected.’ They do this by improving children’s access to
    good quality education, providing a safe space for traumatized children to heal, and
    improving access to quality healthcare for children. They’ve paid their dues, and
    hence, deserve some accolades.
  2. Tanzanian Children’s Fund:
    The Tanzanian children’s fund is a non-governmental organization that was founded
    by Peter Leon Mmassy and India Howell, with the aim of creating a home for
    children in Tanzania, building their future and transforming their communities.
    Their core principle is to put children ‘first, last and forever’. We know that
    they’ve kept their promise, as they have made significant impacts in the lives of
    children in Tanzania by investing in their health, education, and communities.
  3. Ubuntu Education Fund:
    The Ubuntu Education Fund is a non-profit organization, based in South Africa,
    that caters to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children. They were founded
    in 1999, and since then, have offered health and educational assistance to over
    2,000 children. In their words, ‘Ubuntu’s mission is simple, all-encompassing, yet
    radical: to help raise township children by providing what all children
    deserve—everything.’
  4. World Vision Africa:
    World Vision Africa is a Christian, child-focused, community-empowering, global
    organization whose mission is to give hope, joy, and justice to all children. Because
    of the work that World Vision does, ‘every 60 seconds, a family gets water, a
    hungry child is fed, and a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.’ World
    Vision Africa is a subsidiary of World Vision International, and I think that we can
    all agree that they are doing God’s work.
  5. United Nations International Children Emergency Fund:
    UNICEF is relentless in her bid to ensure that the rights of children all over the
    world are upheld. They operate in over 190 countries and territories around the
    world, and work to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfil
    their potential. They do this by tackling social and environmental issues like: child
    protection and development, climate change, and gender equality.
  6. Little Light Uganda:
    This non governmental organization is located in the slums of Uganda. They were
    founded in 2007 by locals from the Namuwongo community to afford kids in that
    region basic amenities, like access to good education and proper healthcare. They
    believe that education is the foundation of every community and are steadfast in
    their resolve to grow their community.
  7. Pan African Girl Child Education Foundation:
    The Pan African Girl Child Education Foundation is a non-governmental organization
    that is focused on improving the life of the Nigerian girl child, by ensuring that
    they get access to good-quality education. They aim to rekindle the hope of every
    girl child, so as to assure them of the validity of their dreams.
  8. Children of Africa:
    The Children of Africa Foundation was started in Kenya in the year 2002, with the
    aim of helping marginalized children and young people, with particular attention
    granted to those of the female gender. The goal for them is to guarantee these
    children access to an improved quality of life. To do this, they organize different
    vocational training sessions that allow young people to learn computer science,
    management, and life skills.
  9. Able Child Africa:
    Able Child Africa is a non-governmental organization whose goal is to change the
    lives of children with disabilities. They were founded in 1984 in Uganda, but have
    since spread across many countries in Eastern Africa. Able Child Africa ensures
    that children living with disabilities are empowered with significant skills that help
    them to fulfil their potential.

    These guys are empowering the next generation of the African workforce and, we,
    at MSwitch, appreciate the work that they’ve done and hope to contribute our own
    quota towards the emancipation of the African child.

    Do you know some other non-governmental organizations that are focused on
    children and their needs? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below, or
    shooting us an email via this address: hello@mswitchglobal.com

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