Changing lives in Africa – Unoma Okorafor

Our 2013 Change Agent ABIE Award Winner Unoma Okorafor is the founder of the non profit organization WAAW Foundation (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Girls). Their mission is to increase the pipeline of African girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields, and to ensure that this talent is engaged in innovation, economic growth and poverty eradication in Africa.

Unoma believes that education is the most effective tool to empower a girl, give her a voice, and create opportunities for a brighter future, not only for herself but for her family and community. She also believes that technology innovation is our best chance for solving many of the challenges currently faced in Africa.

This summer, the WAAW Foundation is organizing a week-long residential Robotics and Computing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for 60 public school secondary girls from across Africa. Hosted in Lagos Nigeria, the camp will impact girls, aged 13 – 17 from low income families, who otherwise would never have an opportunity to experience STEM learning in a fun, interactive and hands-on way, arming them with tools that will encourage innovation and make them problem solvers in their communities. Every donation goes 100% towards impacting the girls’ life directly by providing scholarships for the girls to attend the STEM camp cost-free.

Help girls in Africa contribute to technology innovation and poverty eradication by participating in the WAAW Foundation Indiegogo campaign “Help An African Girl Achieve A STEM Education

  • Please visit the link to donate. Google will give $1000 in matching funds for every $1000 raised before June 17, 2014 through the Google Rise Partnership
  • Share the campaign link on your social media: Facebook wall, twitter or LinkedIn.