For many in Africa, especially women, the most critical building block needed for economic self-reliance is the ability to read and write. For generations, young women have dropped out of school to care for household duties and to obtain water—leaving them without these critical capacities. The acquisition of these skills not only allows a person to participate in the public square and assist children with their own school learning but to start and grow a business, interact with customers, community leaders, and administrative agencies. ENA has developed an 18-month literacy training program that, today, has over 9,000 men and women meeting in small groups lead by faciliators in Ghana, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

While tremendous progress has been made by many African countries to provide educational opportunities for children, there remains a significant unmet need for hundreds of children in vulnerable communities. Our team works closely with government, tribal leaders, and ministries of education to identify vulnerable communities with low literacy rates. In these communities, we lift by working with local citizens to construct or rebuild schools, allowing for greater educational opportunities for students. The total student capacity at ENA-built facilities is nearly 20,000 young people, providing them with essential tools for a prosperous future.

Often critical needs arise in communities with high levegls of geo-political conflicts. In these cases, we tailor self-reliant programs to meet the emerging needs—whether that is financial literacy and training for women affected by HIV or providing assistance in the amputee camps of Sierra Leone where individuals and families have been isolated since the war end. In the camps, we provide economic and farming opportunities for adults and ongoing educational assistance to children. Now, almost a generation later, many of the receipients are productive contributing members within their communities.

Literacy is the first stepping stone to self-reliance.

We address critical needs in vulnerable communities.

Mobilizing local resources builds communities from the inside.

Schools built or reconstructed

Children and youth that attended schools

Adults enrolled in literacy programs

Scholarships granted

2018 Adult Literacy Graduation

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