Kent Redding, President of Africa Adventure Consultants and a three-year board member of AAC sister charity AfricAid, a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ education in Africa, has been named AfricAid’s Board President.
As an AfricAid board member, Redding has been a steadfast supporter of AfricAid and girls’ empowerment in East Africa. Africa Adventure Consultants has donated a safari to Tanzania at AfricAid’s annual gala, Art & Soul, which is held in October each year to support AfricAid’s flagship program, The Kisa Project, that funds school scholarships and leadership training to some of Africa’s brightest young women.
“All of us at AfricAid believe that girls who are educated and empowered can transform their own lives and positively impact their communities in countless ways,” said Redding, who lived and worked in Tanzania for several years. “I look forward to helping AfricAid create ties between Americans and Tanzanians and expand Kisa and other great AfricAid programs in Tanzania.”
“We are very pleased to have Kent Redding as our Board President,” said AfricAid Executive Director Elizabeth Abshire. “Kent’s support as a board member has helped AfricAid to grow and thrive and become the organization that it is today. We’re thrilled to be able to benefit from his invaluable insight as AfricAid continues to expand its work in East Africa.”
AfricAid’s origins date back to 1996 when its founder, Ashley Shuyler, traveled to Tanzania with her family at the age of 11. Struck by the poverty she saw there, particularly among children her own age, she became determined to do something to help. From the fact that 95 percent of girls in Tanzania are not able to complete a high school education – mostly because they cannot afford the school fees – she realized that education was the key to uplifting individuals and entire communities. In 2001, Ashley formed AfricAid, with the mission of supporting girls’ education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. Since its inception, AfricAid has raised nearly $1.400,000 in its mission to support girls’ education in Africa.
AfricAid provides funding for scholarships, school building projects, leadership training, vocational and teacher training, school supplies, school lunch programs, and works in conjunction with the local initiatives of Tanzanians and other African leaders committed to education.