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Our plan is to build and maintain a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) school for young girls in Senegal.  

THE PROBLEM 

Unequal access to education: According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - although there are more girls with a primary education, (for every 100 boys enrolled, there are approximately 104 girls), as the level of education increases girls’ enrollment rates decrease. Only 39% of women aged 15 years and older are literate, compared to 62% of men. Many families still only send boys to school, keeping girls at home to help with housework or look after siblings. Other factors, such as early marriage, the long distance to school, unsafe roads and poor infrastructure of school buildings, as well as the low quality of education get in the way of girls’ enrollment or completion of education.

Senegal’s Human Development Indicator of 0.494 is below the average of 0.497 for countries in the low human development group and below the average of 0.523 for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over half of the Senegalese population lives below the poverty line. Many young women face difficulties furthering their education because it’s not available locally, they cannot afford supplies and schools lack funding to pay for necessities such as textbooks, electricity and running water.

OUR SOLUTION

According to the United Nations Human Development (UNDP) indicators, there is a positive correlation between education for women and the development of a community. To help tackle Senegal’s problem we are building a school that focuses on STEAM and girls education. We believe women should have the education and tools needed to choose her own destiny. The school aims to serve 100 young women.  

STEPS TO PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Twenty percent of each product sold will be put into an education fund for the school.  As Expedition Subsahara grows, so will the percentage of giving. Once the funds are fully raised, our dedicated team will start construction. The plan is to open the school by 2025 at the latest. 

- Cost of Land Approximately $55,000

- 4 Classrooms $7,200 per classroom = $28,800

- 2 Restrooms $5,000 each = $10,000

- 2 Computer/robotic labs $25,000 each = $50,000

- 1 Teacher/Staff Room $7,200  

- 1 Library $10,000

- 1 Cafeteria/Kitchen $50,000

Total to raise: $211,000

Costs based on World Bank and UNICEF estimates for building a school in Sub Saharan Africa. Every Purchase Makes a Difference! 

 

IN RESPONCE TO COVIT-19

There’s no denying that we are living in unprecedented times. I’ve heard that description a lot lately, and it couldn’t be more true. The Coronavirus pandemic has struck people and communities in unexpected ways. It has ravaged towns small and large, not sparing any country or continent where people live to spread it. 

Recently. I’ve been in contact with my family, friends, and the artisans who are employed by Expedition Subsahara and have had some very hard conversations. Senegalese people, like many other communities around the world, rely heavily on tourism or the daily "hustle." There is little industry in Senegal, so many of my people sell at local markets to make enough money to feed their families each day. It is day to day. There usually isn’t anything left over, and there is no government assistance. Tourism has been halted to help fight the pandemic, and while needed, it has devastated an already struggling economy. There aren’t food banks and government stimulus funds to help people in many communities around the world.

Our mission at Expedition Subsahara is to one day build a girls STEAM school in Senegal, but right now, there is a greater need to help people get basic necessities. 

That’s why, starting today, I will be freezing the education fund through the pandemic. Moving forward, 20 percent of proceeds, the portion of sales that would have gone into the fund, will now be donated weekly to a different charity in Subsaharan Africa helping with Coronavirus relief. In Senegal, there has been a call by the government for those who have more than they need to step up and help those who don’t so we can all survive. With that, I feel strongly that it is in the best interest of humanity to help others with immediate needs. We will continue to keep Expedition Subsahara afloat and we will use the funds to benefit others during this trying time. We hope you, our customers, feel good knowing that though the school fund is being paused momentarily, your purchase is helping those in dire need right now. We will get through this together.  Stay well, tribe!