Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Oftentimes people who live comfortable lives look at those who are impoverished and assume they have control over their situation. If you were to take a closer look at the life of one of our students, you would learn that it’s not quite so easy. The cycle of poverty in the villages we serve began long ago, soon after colonization in Ghana. Now, the effects are still readily seen in the most rural parts of the country.
Education is a key unlock to increasing household income, as literate families are able to apply for higher salaried positions. The cycle of poverty is persisted when parents can’t afford to send their children to school because they need help farming and selling crops in order to get an income of $1-3 USD for their family per day. Thus, our vision is to ensure that all children in Ghana have free access to quality education in their local village, to help families break out of the cycle of poverty.
In 2009, our co-founder Nana Aggrey Fynn heard of a local Ghanaian village that needed a school, and reached out asking if I would partner with him to build it. This is how our journey began - from a humble project to 5 school buildings and over 1,000+ students every semester.
We believe in global partnership. As co-founders, we live in the United States and Ghana respectively, providing our non-profit a unique global perspective. We believe it is vital for global non-profit organizations to truly understand (and live with) the local population.
Our name, Empathy FX, can be phonetically translated into “Empathy Affects”. With your help, we can help leverage people’s empathy to affect the world around them.
Executive Director, Co-Founder