According to a UNICEF/UNAIDS report, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of orphaned children anywhere in the world, with over one in 10 youths having lost one or both of their parents. Without adequate support, these children are far less likely to finish school, and are more vulnerable to the challenges and dangers in their societies.
The highest economic returns to higher education in the world occur in sub-Saharan Africa—about 21 percent. A one-year increase in average tertiary education levels in sub-Saharan Africa is would lead to a 12 percent increase in GDP.※6
Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest tertiary gross enrolment ratio in the world.
In Japan alone more students enroll in tertiary education than on the entire African continent.
The lack of globally competitive universities in Sub-Saharan Africa is an obstacle to educational development.
(9 from South Africa)
The comparitive lack of educational facilities makes competition for space high. This shortage of skilled graduates causes bottlenecks in certain industries, further slowing development.
All of Africa
After graduation, many students struggle to find work due to lack of skills, few available positions and underdeveloped employment systems. Ashinaga seeks to bridge this gap by offering a pan-African employment network designed to support our scholars' job seeking efforts.
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals specifically target "universal access to quality higher education"
"The pen alone has the power to overcome adversity and unite the world in prosperity"
Yoshiomi Tamai, Ashinaga Founder and President
For nearly half a century, the Ashinaga Movement has striven to support orphaned students through education and engender yasashisa (優しさ), or compassion, across Japan. With the generous support of people here, Ashinaga has been able to help almost 110,000 orphaned students continue their education.
In addition to Japan, Ashinaga has now expanded internationally to support orphans in 49 Sub Saharan African Countries
Since its foundation the Ashinaga movement has worked with 750,000 volunteers, with over 16,000 in 2019.
Ashinaga has received support from over 180,000 partner organisations
Over 220 emotional care programs dellivered every year
(emotional care programs)
Over 80% of Ashinaga's annual budget is spent on educational programs
Over 55% of Annual Budget given directly to university student in the form of grants and interest-free loans.
4,100,000,000JPY donated to over 2000 orphaned students following the The Great East Japan Earthquake
87% of donations come from individual donors