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Juza Africa: Eradicating Illiteracy in Kenyan Primary Schools
$3,540 raised
35% of $10k goal
41 contributors
41 Weeks running
Specializing in primary education,  Juza Africa is a nonprofit technology and consulting organization, leveraging proprietary digital literacy software to create a more efficient and cost-effective educational experience for underrepresented children in Africa.
Founded by Kenyan entrepreneurs Zikki Munyao and Brian Ombagi, Juza Africa utilizes tablets sourced by the Kenyan Government as a platform for “Juza Digital Library”, an educational learning application consisting of almost 100 primary curriculum approved eBooks. The Library enables students to interactively engage with a wide array of textbook resources that their schools could not previously afford. Additionally, tools within the software quiz students on what they are reading and facilitate standardized testing to determine reading speed, comprehension, and overall grade-level proficiency.
Kenya is widely regarded as a major technology hub in Africa and throughout the world in the growing eCommerce and Mobile Payments space. Kenyan students who have received proper schooling often score very highly on tests of IQ, emotional intelligence, and creativity. Their drive and entrepreneurial spirit must be properly nurtured!
While Kenyan students have potential, the biggest issues regarding the Kenyan schooling system have been monetary. Kenya is a poor country per capita that lacks adequate educational infrastructure. Students often walk 5-10 miles to school each day. Many of these schools are understaffed and undersupplied, containing 10-15 books for hundreds of students to share.
Juza views Kenya as a country with tremendous academic potential and wants to provide Kenyan students with more resources in order to thrive. We believe that improved literacy rates amongst primary school children will lead to more students breaking out of the poverty cycle and progressing to stimulate their local economies as well as the Kenyan economy as a whole.
At present, Juza’s Digital Library functions in over 15 schools and serves 15,248 students. Juza’s wide-reaching and significant impact over the course of the past year earned the Company national recognition as recipients of the Google Ads Grant, which will pay $10,000 a month of in-kind advertising.
Demand is outpacing supply. We kindly asks for your financial support this holiday season. The goal Juza has in mind? The installation of five more libraries in February 2020 that will impact over 4,000 Kenyan primary students. Every donation matters: for as little as $1, we can acquire and retain a Kenyan student in the Juza Network.
Juza Africa is looking to more than double in scale this year, and we want you to be involved. That’s why every donor will receive a monthly subscription to the Juza Newsletter. That’s all we’ve got for now. Check out our reward tiers on the right side of the page and keep reading for a brief rundown of our cost structure and 2020 strategic plan.
And don’t forget to donate! 
Education is a gift
Cost Structure
Student costs: approximately $1 per year per student in acquisition and retention costs.
Equipment costs: $2000 per library installation which can be broken down as follows: $800 in book royalties, $400 in licensing fees, and $800 in implementation and miscellaneous costs.
Book costs: Each book costs approximately $10 to integrate into the Library.
2020 Strategic Plan
Education is the cornerstone of an economy. Poverty is directly correlated to access to education. The landscape of Kenya, and much of Africa, has created a disparity between educational levels of urban students compared to rural students. A majority of students in Kenya do not have access to curriculum appropriate literature that is up-to-date.
Likewise, the students do not have access to digital resources, putting them at a disadvantage on a global scale. This is where your donation can help. Juza Africa offers digital resources to schools that would not otherwise have access to them.
We started small in 2019, and plan to grow the Juza Digital Library business steadily, installing at an increasing rate every month that schools are open. The money from this fundraising campaign will get us to 5 or more of the 80 school installations by April 2020. This translates to 10,000 students who would otherwise never see a digital book. By the second part of the year, we plan on taking on additional projects such as Teach4Africa, a program to empower young college graduates interested in teaching. This program will provide them with an opportunity to become leaders while helping improve children's lives and their communities. ” - Paul Reyes-Fournier, Director of Fund Development
FAQ Section
Will my donations be tax-deductible?
Yes, Juza Africa is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the IRS under the name Lipiwa.
Has Juza contacted the Gates Foundation / other notable grant foundations?
Last year Juza made $15,000 from friends and family and earned the prestigious GoogleAd Grant $10,000 of in-kind advertising per month. Larger grant foundations often require companies to be operational for 2-3 years prior to submitting an application. Juza plans on applying to a number of small to midsize grant foundations in 2020 before targeting the Gates Foundation and other large philanthropic organizations in 2021/2022.
Where can I find more information about Juza?
More information about Juza can be found on our website juzaafrica.org, and any specific questions about the Company should be directed towards info@juzaafrica.org .
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$100 USD
Donor Wall
Congratulations! On behalf of the entire Juza Team we thank you for donating to our worthy cause! Your contribution will help us reach our end goal -- delivering digital literacy resources to every underserved primary student in Kenya! We’d like to reward you by adding your name to our donor list at juzaafrica.org and by signing you up to receive our monthly Juza newsletter so you can keep updated on all our cool developments.
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$250 USD
Keep Calm and Read On
Even though we are a digital literacy non-profit we still understand the appeal of physical books. Enjoy a Juza Africa bookmark as a token of our appreciation for your significant donation. Thank you for believing in our mission. You will also receive all prior rewards.
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$500 USD
Juza Swagger
WOW! You are a trailblazer for digital literacy resources in Africa. Rest assured knowing your significant donation is more than enough to help fund multiple library installations, directly impacting hundreds of Kenyan children. Our organization would like to give you a Juza T-shirt and tote bag full of pens/pencils, stationary, a surprise book, and a translated, hand-written letter from a primary school student inside the Juza network. Enjoy all prior rewards as well.
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$2,000 USD
VIP TOUR!
Our entire organization would like to extend our gratitude for your very sizeable and significant donation to Juza Africa. In fact, we are so thrilled that we’d like to invite you for a VIP Tour of a school in the Juza Network (airfare and accommodations not included). We are also going to send you a special, personalized video you won’t want to miss as well as a Juza-branded eReader cover. And of course, you will also receive any prior rewards as well as a permanent partnership badge of your organization’s logo on our website.
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$5,000 USD
Juza Digital Library Hall of Fame
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for playing such an integral part towards helping us reach our funding goal. For your sizeable contribution to our campaign you will receive all prior rewards plus your name embedded in the credits of our proprietary educational learning software!
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