Moshi, Tanzania (PRWEB) March 03, 2012
“Africa Volunteer Corps is a movement of opening doors--for people to use their own resources and become their greatest selves, “ says Caitlin Kelley, co-founder of Africa Volunteer Corps. “Rather than focusing on what is wrong, we are investing in what is right. More than 50% of Africa’s population is under 25 so now is the time to harness that energy to shape Africa’s future—it’s time to take the lid off and let them soar.”
Africa Volunteer Corps brings a unique, community-oriented perspective to African development. Rather than starting new projects, AVC identifies groups in the community who have already recognized a need and are doing something to fix it. AVC then provides them with a qualified local workforce to make their work even better. Creating a springboard for future leaders and strengthening ground-up social change efforts, Africa Volunteer Corps positions Africans to control development on their own continent. AVC began in Tanzania and plans eventually to have a presence all over Africa, giving volunteers the option to work in their own country or spend a year in another African country. For more information about AVC, go to http://www.africavolunteercorps.org.
“We all know the story of teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish,” says Kelley. “But many NGO’s are stuck in the mentality of teaching a man to fish. Although it is better than pure hand-outs, it still assumes that people do not know how to fish. AVC assumes that the people we work with already know how to fish, that they grew up in fishing communities, went to school for fishing, and are on the edge of the lake with fishing poles in their hands. We give them bait: tools to create a sustainable future for themselves and their own countries, by their own definitions.”
“The funds raised through the campaign enable these passionate, educated young people to donate an entire year of service in their own country, gain valuable skills which will propel them to be leaders in their fields, and deepen the impact of home-grown development efforts,” Kelley explains. $5 pays for one full day of work for a volunteer, $25 a week, and $200 is an entire month of work. “Through this campaign, the ripple effects of AVC’s volunteers will spread far and wide.”