Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a leadership development program that provides university scholarships and leadership development and life skills training to academically gifted but financially disadvantaged African girls, with the objective of developing a pipeline of young African women leaders.
Zawadi Africa was formed with the belief that together with a world class education and the right character development, these young African women will be able to return to their home countries empowered and equipped with the skills needed to make significant, positive impact in their communities in a continent where traditionally women have not had a voice in the development of their community.
The Zawadi Africa Education Fund was founded in 2002 by Dr Susan Mboya, and is based on the highly successful Kennedy-Mboya Africa Student Airlifts Program of the 1960’s, pioneered by Tom Mboya, (Dr. Mboya’ s father), and President John F. Kennedy.
The Kennedy/Mboya airlifts educated over 1000 bright young East Africans who went on to become Africa’s post-independence leaders. They include, among their alumni, the late Professor Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), and Barack Obama Sr., Father of President Barack Obama. Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a 501 (c) 3 registered in the US.
To empower African women to participate in the development of the continent through education and self determination.
We will actively shape the future of the continent through the gift of quality education and empowerment of Africa women to become global leaders and role models who inspire new generations.
We believe in growing leaders. We seek to inspire others and are quick to identify others potential. We provide opportunities for the African woman to grow her aspiration. We send them on journeys of self discovery by providing them with opportunity exposure to leadership excellence.
We identify gifted students and enable them to succeed in their own right.
We cultivate strength of character in our students and our staff while encouraging them to believe in themselves.
We take personal responsibility for our thoughts and actions. We follow up on our obligations. We hold ourselves accountable to our plans and outcomes. Our dependency with all parties involved; board members, staff, students, parents and partners is built around our willingness and ability to deliver on our obligations.
We are a catalyst for accelerating the growth of women leaders. We do this by passing on what is given to us to other women. We believe in the power of the ‘Women Effect’. We demand from our graduates to pass on the knowledge gained to others and in return, they become better leaders.
We are a family. Each student encounter is the beginning of a never-ending relationship. Our students are members of the wider network of Zawadi sisterhood. We support each other as a family.
The Board and staff are committed to proper stewardship of the organisation and are custodians of the resources provided to us by our partners. We are self governed and operate at the highest international ethical standards in everything we do. Our partners are also selected on the basis of high governance practices.