Days before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko disappeared from the Olympic training camp. His disappearance sent the Uganda and Japanese governments on their toes and together, set out to search for him. He left only a clear note before fleeing: that he wanted to find work in Japan and requested to return his belongings to his family.
Four days later, he was found and sent back to his hometown immediately. The Ugandan government promised him continuous rehabilitation to support his career, but soon after, he was detained for more than 48 hours. This action was criticized by the Union of Uganda Sports Federations and Association saying, “he deserves sympathy, not harsh treatment”. His lawyer also told the media that Julius wasn’t the first athlete to disappear in a foreign land, seeking work due to the little support they get from the country they represent. And who wouldn’t? When his pregnant wife and was immediately evicted from their rented home after he fled to Japan. His only source of hope and income was his talent: his craft – his sport.
Leaving jail wearing his medals, Julius Ssekitoleko captured the hearts and sympathy of people across the globe. People started to support him on Twitter using the hashtag #StandWithSsekitoleko and lawyers rushed in to offer him help for free. Walter Mwesigye, a Ugandan TV producer and writer organized a drive to help Julius on his financial and legal battles. He has put up a project in Airfunding called “Stand Up for Julius Ssekitoleko” which raised $2,883 from people across the globe.
It seems that many citizens of Uganda resonated with his story, finding themselves in the same boat as someone who wishes to leave the doorstep of home and find themselves in a better place in a foreign land.
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In the previous note, we summarized the
Airfunding Overseas NGO Support Program and basic information about NGOs. Based
on the previous note, this time, we will introduce Back 2 school Africa in
Nigeria, which is participating in the Airfunding Overseas NGO Support Project,
while considering the situation of the country.
When I hear Nigeria, I think a lot of
people have a vague image of football, Africa, and so on. This time, I would
like you to learn more about Nigeria.
Nigeria is a country on the west coast
of the African continent. The capital is Abuja and the official language is
English. However, because many people live in the country, each ethnic language
is also used and it is a country full of diversity. The total population in Japan
is 2096 million, about twice that of Japan. In Africa, GDP (gross domestic
product: an index that shows the level of domestic economic activity) ranks
highest in Africa.
Crude oil plays a major role in
supporting GDP. Nigeria relies on crude oil for 80% of its total exports.
Despite the high GDP figures and being a
major economic power in Africa, Nigeria has many children and street children
who are not able to go to school despite the mandatory primary education. The
number of street children is over 10 million, the largest in the world. So
Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%, while Nigeria’s literacy rate is 68% over
2 School Africa’s Mission and Vision
The NGO Back 2 school Africa was
launched to solve these educational problems in Nigeria. The direct translation
of the group name means “returning to the school”.
The mission of the group is to create the opportunity for all African children to reach their parish and realize their dreams and save the future of Africa. As the name suggests, to accomplish its mission, 20% of African children who had to quit school for financial reasons have a vision of returning to school within five years.
of Back 2 School Africa
Back 2 School Africa was founded by
Chukuma Anklin Amadi.
The reason is in the past of Chukuma. I
lost my father when I was a child and had a hard time getting an education from
elementary school to university. I began to have a strong desire to help
children in similar situations.
Before Back 2 School Africa, I was a teacher at a government high school in Nigeria. It is for this reason that I see a student with excellent grades dropping out of school because he could not pay for his tuition. To support the students who dropped out of school, Chukuma paid the tuition until they graduated from high school and purchased teaching materials. This story spread all over the school and students came to him, in the same way, to ask for help. He did his best and continued to support many children.
However, he can’t afford to continue to support many children. That’s why he started posting the content of the support activities on SNS. This creates a response from many people and causes the campaign to gain support.
This event led to the launch of Back 2
School Africa, and we are still working to ensure that our children are
2 school Africa Activities
“We help children go to school through
the Swap and Ignite Africa campaigns. Specifically, we raise funds to create an
environment where children are more educated, provide educational materials
such as books, bags, and uniforms, and provide quality education services to
children in poor areas. We are currently supporting 400 children in eight
communities, but we are also considering supporting other communities so that
more children can go to school in the future.” With more support from
Airfunding, more children will be educated.
“I can’t go to school for lack of money.
I can’t get a job because I’m not at school. I have no money because I can’t
get a job. It is very difficult to cut off such a negative loop alone. But with
your support, we can give children a chance to create a new future.” We
appreciate your support for Back to School.
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What was the background
behind the last Airfunding activity? I wrote about the details of the
Airfunding we run. If you’re going to get it, please read it too!
Now, I introduced Airfunding last time.
This time, we focus on the topic of “NGOs.”
What is the Airfunding Overseas NGO Support Project?
What is an NGO?
I will share two points with you 🌏
Since this article will also introduce NGOs participating in the Airfunding
program, I have summarized briefly what I want you to know before. You should
look over only the areas you are interested in.
is the Airfunding Overseas NGO Support Project?
The Airfunding Support for Overseas NGOs
Project is a program that supports the efforts of overseas NGOs through
Airfunding’s crowdfunding service.
Airfunding NGO Support Project We have
NGOs from five countries (Nigeria, Colombia, Uganda, Indonesia, and Sierra
Leone). Each group is an active NGO that has a clear vision and is working on
social issues in the country. I will introduce each group from time to time.
Support is different in Airfunding as it
is a subscription (monthly) to provide ongoing support. Support will be
delivered directly to the owner who runs the project. Therefore, the support
person can also directly check the usage of the support money.
The program’s appeal is that it can
easily support five NGOs across cultures and nationalities by utilizing
the way, what is an NGO?
I have mentioned NGOs so many times, but
do you know what NGOs are showing? I’ll briefly explain about NGOs here.
NGOs are the acronym for Non-govermental
Organization in English and are translated as “non-governmental
organizations” in Japanese. It refers to organizations that contribute to
the resolution of social problems from a different standpoint from governments
and international organizations. We work beyond borders, ethnicities, and
religions without any purpose of profit. NGOs from various countries are also
participating in such programs.
“NGO” There is a similar word
“NPO”. NPOs have the initials “Non profit organization in English
and are translated as “non-profit organizations.” Since NPOs, NGOs,
government and companies are independent private organizations, there is no
clear distinction between them.
NGOs = Organizations that engage in
international activities such as development cooperation
“NPO” is a national
organization engaged in welfare activities in local communities
It is often used to distinguish it.
Although they have different names, they
are both working hard on social issues.
This time, we introduced basic
information about “NGO”. How was it? The Overseas NGO Program is
currently working to achieve these goals, with the participation of five NGOs.
Airfunding Support Project for Overseas NGOs In the future, note will continue
to provide content related to the program. Please check it out!
So, everyone, please have a nice day
Overseas NGO Support Program Official Page
Hello, everyone! Here’s
an intern. It’s getting warmer and more comfortable🌞 How are you going?
In the article I posted
the other day, I explained the contents of the Airfunding project. However, I
think there are many questions about the content, such as “How does
Airfunding crowdfunding work?”, “What is an NGO?” and “What
can we do with support?” In order to resolve such questions, I will
introduce Airfunding, overseas NGOs, and participating countries in the future.
This time, focus on Airfunding.
Background to the establishment of Airfunding
world we want to realize
– Concrete ways we can
I will focus on three
points. You must read the parts that will come!
Airfunding is a charitable crowdfunding
About 70% of the people who start the
project are from emerging countries, including Southeast Asia and Latin
America. There are various projects, such as medical care, environmental
protection, disaster support, education and study abroad support, and it is
possible to start projects on an individual or group basis. Through Airfunding,
it is easy to raise donations even if each person does not have high publicity.
Supporters can support projects they
want to support by sharing them with SNS and donating money. When support is
provided, the support money will be donated to the project owner who launched
the project. Unlike other crowdfunding, Airfunding allows you to receive more
than $100 during the course of your project.
Here is an example of a medical aid that
was actually done in Airfunding.
Mr. Andrew, who lives
in Taiwan, suffered from an incurable disease known as the Brachyotonic
Syndrome and was being treated at the hospital. You need a heart transplant to
improve your condition. Heart transplants cost a lot of money and it’s hard to
get a lot of money right away. The father works to earn a living for his
family, but it is all he can do to maintain the present situation. In addition,
the mother had to support the boys, so she couldn’t work, and was very troubled
in terms of funding. His mother asked for help with heart transplants through
His doctor was an
influencer with 200,000 followers, so the project at Airfunding was spread to
many people, and it was successful to raise $20,000 from more than 300 people,
and about 2.36 million yen in Japanese yen.
About 80% of the projects on Airfunding are medical support projects like Andrew’s. In particular, there are many projects in emerging countries, and the social insurance system is unstable and it is not easy to go to a hospital-like Japan. It is also true that there is an economic gap with Japan. Therefore, donations from Japan to emerging countries will be worth 5 to 10 times more! Someone is saved today with support from people all over the world.
and Its Background
Airfunding was born with a focus on the current state of things like “I don’t feel that I’m helping someone.” We spend our time at work and school every day, and we are able to spend our time every day like normal. I wonder if there are fewer opportunities and fewer opportunities for us to be useful to someone in our daily lives.
For people in emerging
countries who have started projects at Airfunding, it is not
“self-evident” to have work or go to school. It is also difficult for
each person to live a minimum life.
We are happy with the
way we are going, but there are people who need someone’s help and who do not.
I wish I could see the moment someone is helping me with Airfunding… It’s
encouraging to feel that.
Airfunding Wants to Be
The world we want to realize is a cross-border and cross-cultural exchange. In this Airfunding, the intercultural exchange can be done in the form of “support”. Communication is difficult if there are many differences in cultural values, languages, etc. However, Airfunding is compatible with 17 languages, so it’s relatively easy to interact because it isn’t face-to-face.
As a child, I had a
vague dream of making friends all over the world. But that’s not easy. As I got
older, I realized that it is difficult to make friends with people because of
language barriers and cultural museums. However, as the Internet and SNS are
spreading, various methods of exchange have been born. I think it would be nice
if the share of small happiness that my support directly helps someone is
spreading to the world. That’s why it might be good to use Airfunding as a
means of exchange.
time, we focused on Airfunding and introduced the details. How was it? It may
have been difficult to get into crowdfunding, but I hope you will understand it
a little bit.
Next time, we will focus on NGOs
participating in the Airfunding Overseas NGO Support Program. So, everyone,
please have a nice day today too.
Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua grew up with wildlife
all over him. He watched as animals kept harmony in living with humans. We
coexist in two different worlds, but trouble comes when we give it to them
first. Patrick knew that when drought persists, and wild animals are left to
fend for themselves. When they run out of resources, they often turn to humans
for help, more often in a not-so-friendly manner.
Kenya has been experiencing drought for years
now, and water gets more and more scarce. Rightfully so, Patrick felt that he,
in part, was responsible for climate change and that he can be a part of the
So in 2016, Patrick Mwalua filled a truck he
rented with freshwater and drove to Tsavo West National Park. Up to this day,
he goes back and forth until nighttime to keep the wild animals clean and
hydrated. By now, they already know the sound of engines and rush; some wait
for him to pour water over the water pans he created.
Through social media, he
was able to gain supporters and volunteers, not just to make this a one-person
team. As a result, he founded Mwalua Wildlife Trust: an organization whose goal
is to create an efficient water management system in Tsavo to protect wildlife
and the safety of local communities.
His projects include building water pans,
digging water holes, and constructing water tanks. This initiative also allowed
him to install solar pumps in the park to pump water from underground in a
sustainable fashion both for the animals and the environment. He also raised
$10,854 in Airfunding to continue his projects.
Patrick Mwalua’s passion for wildlife earned
him awards and recognition across the globe. Namely, the Africa Network for
Animal Welfare, Kenya Wildlife Services, the Taita Taveta County Presidential
Award and Community Award, and recognized in various media including the
LADbible, People.com, The France 24 Observers, The Guardian, and USA Today.
Such commendable work started only by one man
ended up joining people with the same advocacy. We hope Patrick Mwalua’s story
inspires you to take the first step in doing something you care about. The
rest, like Patrick’s story, will follow. We would be thrilled to help you reach
your dreams at www.airfunding.net