"In 1993 about 25% of the world's poorest 5% lived in sub-Saharan Africa, but 2008 it was nearly 60%." Quote from an article on The Economist. See full article here .
We have experiences that keep us connected to the communities with which we work. We have built relationships with people there and are committed to seeing them grow and succeed. People ask why organizations work in the areas that they do, why the fight the issues they fight, etc. Typically, it goes back to the passion of one person, perhaps the founder of the organization. While our CEO David Neely is no exception to that, the article referenced above is why we continue to work where we work.
It is undeniable that opportunities and resources available in parts of Africa are comparable to anywhere else in the world, even other developing countries. We see a great need there and are committed to these communities. With statistics telling us that the annual wage in sub-Saharan Africa has hardly increased over the last 10 years while China was able to move completely out of the world's poorest 5%, we believe there is no option but to respond.
So, don't be fooled. The need is great, the conditions are grave, and the communities are desperate. We are committed to seeing their success through... will you join us?