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Crowdfrica connects public health workers and their patients, public teachers and their students in high-need communities across africa with donors around the world who have the desire to connect and help.
I was in my room and my mom came to me and asked for 20 Ghana cedis ($5 USD) to help take a man she called my brother to the hospital because his sickness was getting worse and his family could not afford to take him to the hospital. I told my mother that the man has a wife and sister older than I am so why is she asking me? But I also told the truth that I had no money. She silently left and a week later she came up to me, and told me that the man had died. I was in shock, upset and distraught. I couldn’t help but think that this could happen to someone in my family, or a family close to me, and so I decided I had to do something about it. The next day, I visited clinics in nearby villages and spoke to the nurses and their patients about the major problems they are facing, and began drafting ideas how I could provide an appropriate solution.
Many people throughout Africa do not seek care at formalized healthcare institutions because they simply cannot afford the services or treatment. As such, many will seek alternative healthcare methods in villages with traditional healers, which can have detrimental effects on the patient and delay access to care.
There is a lack of basic life-saving healthcare equipment available in Africa to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients. The World Health Organization estimates that between 50 and 80% of medical equipment is out of service in low-income countries.
School children are not learning because of a lack of instructional materials and supplies in our public school classrooms. Using the African Learning Barometer tool, the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institute estimates that 37 million African children are learning so little in school that there is no value add to their education.
Crowdfrica has been developed in a direct response to these challenges, to help curb Africa’s healthcare and education inequality. Crowdfunding is still new in Africa, but over $24million USD was raised in Africa in 2015. Most of the funds went into funding startups and for-profit projects, but Crowdfrica.org is uniquely created to use crowdfunding to connect patients, public healthworkers, teachers and their children in need with people around the world who have the desire to connect and help.
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