Today I am going to share an example of how GO Campaign grants are helping youth find their voice and make a global impact.
Organization: YOLE! Africa
Location: Goma, DRC
Context: The recent history of the DRC has been one of civil war and corruption. DRC is a vast country with immense economic resources and, until recently, has been at the center of what some observers call “Africa’s world war”, with widespread civilian suffering and casualties numbering six million. In this war zone, schools are often shut down, leaving young people without education and limited opportunities for their future
Background: In response to this crisis, GO Local Hero Petna Ndaliko founded YOLE!Africa to provide youth with space, skills, technologies, and alternative education necessary to thrive despite the conflict. Annually, YOLE!Africa serves 14,000-17,000 youth through their workshops, classes, immersion programs, and festivals.
Current Status: In December 2015, GO Campaign approved a grant for $22,600 to YOLE!Africa to purchase computer equipment and support YOLE!Africa’s computer literacy program. Youth learned the basic functions of computer systems to graphic design, video editing and social media marketing and promotion. Sixty youth successfully completed the program and 80 youth per day were able to access the computer lab thanks to GO Campaign funding.
Alif is 18 years old and Congo’s youngest internationally awarded filmmaker thanks to YOLE!Africa and GO Campaign. Check out this video in which Alif thanks GO, and see the impact you are making.