Coafrica had its beginnings in 2016 when a family was asked to contribute to a school for orphans in Zambia. Knowing that their financial sponsorship had a life-altering impact on not only the orphans but 400 additional out-of-school children in the area was powerful incentive to sponsor additional projects. The first projects in 2016 & 2017 were eye-opening about the desire and abilities of local communities to take care of their own educational needs, but simply lacking governmental assistance for classrooms.
In 2019 a generous donation to the foundation in 2019 led to the formation of a public charity, Coafrica, to expand classroom construction opportunities. To date, thousands of children have been impacted by these classrooms – both out-of-school children and those needing safe, adequate classrooms. Over time the impact of the classrooms will without question impact thousands more.
Coafrica’s ambition is to become an organization known for aiding communities to achieve their educational goals. We strive to make the local requirements and project vetting process rigorous, to assure that our projects have the impact promised and that the community has ultimate ownership of the project. We hope that donors will consider themselves part of the coalition for each project and expect project transparency and a direct connection with local African project leaders. Together, let’s give all children the chance to reach their potential through education.