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MGI Africa

Join MGI in celebrating and supporting young African leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved communities using macrobiotic principles.

A note from MGI Africa's Executive Sponsor

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MGI works with NGO Leaders (or leaders of non-governmental organizations or nonprofits) in underserved communities to provide training in the areas of strengths-based leadership, developing a growth mindset, food as medicine, and economic empowerment.

These NGO Leaders rely on grants and other forms of support, often sacrificing their own resources, to serve those who often do not have a voice.

It is MGI's goal to serve them. 

Why Africa?

  • 70% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is under the age of 30. (United Nations)   

  • At less than 5% of global emissions, Sub-Saharan Africa is the world's smallest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but, because of its dependence on rain-fed agriculture, is the most vulnerable to climate change. (International Money Fund)
  • MGI has the opportunity to positively influence the achievement of a majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

  • MGI is developing the capacity to be an advocate and ally, bringing educational programs aligned with the needs of underserved communities. 

  • We can help make a difference.  MGI's curriculum is being developed in collaboration with a team of young African leaders to ensure what we teach is relevant, inclusive and actionable.  

  • Collaborating with Young Africa Leaders

    MGI Africa's strategy is to work through a network of young African leaders, many of whom have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders, the prestigious program sponsored by the U.S. Government since 2014. Since 2014, the Fellowship has brought nearly 6,500 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States, studying in cohorts of 25 in universities across the U.S. Lorraine McCamley, one of the co-founders of MGI, has had the privilege of supporting the University of Delaware cohorts since 2019, also participating in one in-person reciprocal exchange to Benin, Africa, through the Fellowship in early 2020 and several virtual programs (Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi) in 2022 and 2023.  

    Experience the Commitment, Hope and Joy of the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship Cohort from the University of Delaware in their original music video

    These young Africa leaders are committed to making an impact in their communities, their countries, and, indeed, the African continent. 

    Local NGOs in Africa

    NGOs in Africa provide needed services and support for underserved communities and populations, including women, young adults, children, and those with disabilities.

    Many of these local NGOs focus on providing or addressing, for example, health services, educational support, economic empowerment, prevention of gender-based-violence, food security, and environmental concerns.  

    Meet Some African NGOs

    End Child Abuse and Neglect (Tanzania)

    ECAN(T) was formed to help children, adolescent girls, young women, and young people in both urban and rural areas in Tanzania transition safely from childhood to adulthood.  

    Pictured on the right are leaders of ECAN(T) who participated in leadership development training.

    Salam Côte d'Ivoire

    Salam Côte d'Ivoire, or "Peace, Solidarity and Progress of Côte d'Ivoire" is an NGO created and directed by young people for the support and supervision of Youth.

    Salam Côte d'Ivoire operates in several areas but a primary focus is the promotion of digital competencies in the Ivory Coast to further socio-professional integration in almost all sectors of activity. 

    Molo Mhlaba

    Molo Mhlaba is a girls' low-cost private school located in Cape Town, South Africa. It focuses on providing quality education and empowering young girls in the low-income community of Khayelitsha. The school has a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. The name "Molo Mhlaba" means "Hello World" in isiXhosa, one of South Africa's official languages. The school currently has 150 girls and two campuses starting from pre-school going up to upper elementary level.

    The MGI Africa Curriculum

    The MGI Africa Curriculum has four pillars or modules that can be adapted to the needs of the participating communities.  

    Each module will be developed and modified in partnership with Africans to be relevant, actionable, and inclusive. Whenever possible, the modules will be taught by Africans.

    There are no strings attached.  MGI's goal is to provide support to underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa, not to try to influence political or religious beliefs.   

    Invest in Africa

    Your generous donation will pay for: travel costs for training personnel, venue, lodging, and meals, reasonable compensation for trained coaches, facilitators and trainers, ground transportation, CliftonStrengths assessments, materials and supplies, and, in some cases, funds to begin an organic community farm.

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