First Person Publishing is passionate about a number of causes around the world—causes that, when you read about them, make you say, “Something has to be done about that!” In line with its Core Values, First Person Publishing is determined to stop wondering what someone else is going to do about these situations and is starting to do something ourselves - we are determined to think and act in the First Person.
First Person Publishing is currently partnering with AfricAid, a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities.
AfricAid was founded by Ashley Shuyler after she witnessed the devastating impact of poverty on the lives of young Tanzanians during a trip to the country in 1996. Noting the enormous educational needs that exist in East Africa, especially for girls, she quickly realized the privileges of American children and became determined to help young African girls gain access to educational opportunities.
Headquartered in Golden, Colorado, AfricAid earned its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2001 and since then it has raised over $600,000. These funds have been used to provide scholarships, textbooks, classrooms and school supplies to schools throughout Tanzania, and to support other educational initiatives, including vocational training assistance and funding of teacher training seminars.
Today, AfricAid engages in unique and creative efforts to raise funding across the United States and to make a difference in the lives of young women in Africa. For example, as a part of her senior project at Harvard University, Ms. Shuyler produced a film called “Somebody Like Me” which has subsequently become a vehicle for cultivating awareness about Africa and support for AfricAid.
To learn more about AfricAid, please visit: www.africaid.com.