The entire Kailend Team would like acknowledge and to say a massive thank you to our dear friends at Sal's Shoes for their generous donation of all-black smart school shoes that were distributed to children in orphanages and former street children reintegrated into family homes. Seeing the joy on the children’s faces made it so worth it. Special thanks to our ever delightful friend, Reena, for delivering the donations to us.
How and why should food insecurity be solved through a Pan-African collaboration ? Kailend founder shares insights on why raising productivity in agriculture is vital to the continent's transformative growth. #Agriculture #Africa
"Africa is rich in natural resources and land. Yet the continent has an annual food import bill of $35 billion. This yearly bill is estimated to rise to $110 billion by 2025. According to Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), this state of affairs “weakens African economies, decimates its agriculture and exports jobs from the continent”.
Food insecurity remains a major challenge in Africa, with almost 20% of the population suffering from starvation and malnutrition. At the same time, the continent has the potential and resources to feed itself and the rest of the world. Raising productivity in agriculture is vital to transformative growth. In particular, for the majority of smallholder farmers in rural areas, who are responsible for producing up to 80% of the food we eat in Sub-Saharan Africa." Click on the link to read the full article.
Message from our ED, Samuel Sarr:
“I proudly represented The #Gambia 🇬🇲 and #Togo 🇹🇬 as one of the #ObamaLeaders in Johannesburg last week, it was a real privilege to be part of this amazing movement! Special thank you to President Obama and his entire Obama Foundation Team! Over the course of 5 days, I met and was inspired by Mo Ibrahim, Graça Machel, Kofi Annan, Aliko Dangote , President Obama and so many other remarkable leaders from across the globe. As well as connecting with some of the brightest emerging leaders on the continent. It has been a great pleasure and honour to be part of the 200 inaugural cohort of Leaders: Africa. An unforgettable experience that will stay with me for a life time. Excited and motivated for the next phase of Kailend's development. #wearetheones
Photo's courtesy of: Obama Foundation.
Agriculture is the future of work in Africa. This may seem counter-intuitive, and, to be sure, technology will play a critical role to ensure that 12 million Africans entering the job market every year find their fulfillment along national, regional, continental and global value chains.
Several members of our team trained at the Songhaï regional centre in Benin for a few months to learn about zero waste, sustainable farming methods that integrate producing agricultural crops, raising livestock and fish, and producing bio energy, to enhance our agriculture production sites in the sub region and the lives of the women and girls we work with.
The entire Kailend staff would like to say a special thank you to Joss Stone and her entire team for visiting an orphanage we support in Togo to shoot a short documentary to raise international support and awareness about the work that we do and highlight some of the challenges we face. We honor and appreciate your contributions and look forward to having you back for a visit in the future.
Kailend works to engage and empower low income earning women and at-risk youth through education and skills training programs and always with sustainability in mind. Though it can be hard work, our volunteers also get to enjoy all that Lomé and Togo has to offer. Here are some of their favourite spots to unwind!
Special thanks to Gildredge House School in the U.K. who raised money for Kailend in Togo, Thank you so much, we honor and appreciate all your contributions. It was Sixth Form student Pascale Mace who suggested this charitable focus, as they had visited Togo to do some voluntary work on various Kailend projects, together with her friend Ella who attends a Sixth Form college in Brighton.
Pascale led assemblies in Middle and Upper School in which she told students about Togo, which is the 12th poorest country in the world. Children and staff brought their jars full of coins and placed them in bold copper and silver stripes on the flag, and created a shiny star made entirely from £1 and £2 coins. The resulting flag was a stunning visual spectacle, to which the children very much enjoyed contributing.
This issue showcases stunning images and captivating stories of change in our world to keep you inspired. In this issue: Letter from the Director of Global Programs, Post-Project Analysis with Give & Surf; Long Way Home, Guatemala; Football For Good, Uganda; Child Support, Tanzania; Rent To Own, Zambia; PWB Workshop Photo Essay by Christine Lyon; Project 1948, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Volunteer Building Cambodia, Cambodia; Thaakat - 2 Righteous Cause for Education, Ghana; Kailend, West Africa; Photographer Spotlight with Ron B. Wilson; and Photocontest.