Educational Support for African children who have lost parents
Within 50 years, Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to become the largest region in the world, not only in terms of population, but also in the size of its economy. However, it is also likely that the gap between rich and poor in the region will dramatically increase. If such a situation comes to pass, it will be even harder for destitute children who have lost parents to receive a decent education.
Today, the implementation of educational support for African children who have lost parents is one of the Ashinaga movement’s central projects. Ultimately, the project aims to liberate bereaved children in Africa from the chains of poverty and provide them with the education that they require to return to their homes as leaders in the fight against poverty, corruption, and exploitation.
Our strategy comprises the following:
1) Identify and select one gifted but needy student who has lost one or both parents from each of Africa’s 49 Sub-Saharan nations.
2) Support these students to attend the world’s top-ranked universities by providing them with necessary scholarships and living expenses for four years of education.
3) Coordinate with international “Ashinaga-san” contributors, including businesses, wealthy individuals, and professional athletes, to provide necessary financial assistance in cases where university-based funding is not sufficient to cover the support needed.
4) Establish an Advisory Board consisting of influential individuals throughout the world, who can serve as mentorships for the project.
Ashinaga President Yoshiomi Tamai has led the Ashinaga Movement for over 40 years and, with the generous support of anonymous contributors, has helped some 90,000 students who lost parents graduate from high school and/or attend university. His hope is that people around the world may be able to work together to provide the funds necessary to support the education of 49 or more African students.
Ashinaga believes this large-scale, long-term project will provide a ray of hope not just for African children who have lost parents but for children throughout the world in the similar circumstances. Ashinaga is making the utmost effort to get this project underway as quickly as possible.