Amid their busy lives, students at CVHS find time to create a club dedicated to improving education in Uganda. Action in Africa is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the economic and personal development of the women and children in Nakuwadde, Uganda, through greater access to education and other life-changing resources. AIA has created a sustainable impact by promoting local leadership, such as high school clubs, to help young teens take initiative in global problems.
The proceeds from different fundraisers organized by CVHS students in the Action in Africa club are directed to a community center in Nakuwadde, Africa. Located in a rural town just outside of Uganda’s capital, the center provides free education to hundreds of kids daily along with an array of other programs. These programs include women’s support groups which serve to empower women with new tools and a support system to learn and grow. Other programs such as medical outreach and special needs continue to make a long term impact in local communities in Uganda. In a resource poor country, the centre makes a broad impact by changing the course of young student’s lives, encouraging them to break the cycle of poverty sweeping the nation. They are one of many AIA high school chapters throughout the country. This initiative at Carnegie is led by president and founder, Nikitha Kota, vice president, Lizzie, social media officer, Hailey Bui, treasurer, Bailey Silverman, and secretary Divya Shukla.
The CVHS’ Action in Africa club is dedicated to improving the Community Center by raising money through various fundraisers. One of their most prominent fundraisers was holding a photobooth at the 2020 CVHS Valentines Day Dance which raised a sizable profit for the center. Another initiative of the AIA club is to bring awareness to the crisis in Africa to other students. This included bringing Snigdha Banda, a senior at Rice working in the African studies department, to Carnegie in order to talk about the work she has done for a medical camp in rural Africa. This enabled students at Carnegie to learn second hand about the extreme lack of resources and funds in many parts of Africa. Another project led by AIA was a bracelet making day in which the club provided African style beads and thread for students to make their own bracelets. This opportunity was a hands-on way to spark interest in students and share a new culture. These efforts to raise money and awareness have simultaneously made a difference in our local communities and in Africa.