Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Jolandie Partners with Iduka


A few weeks ago, I was approached by an organization named "Iduka".

About Iduka

Iduka, founded in 2009, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote post-secondary education. Since starting its pilot project in Africa in 2010, Iduka has mobilized thousands of local students and volunteers in all of the African countries participating in the program. Iduka is launching a few campaigns to assist African students achieve their goals of post-secondary or tertiary education, including its campaign specifically targeting girls’ education.

They are an organization based in the U.S.A.
"Iduka is committed to bringing change to our community, country, and the world by helping students realize their dreams of a college education."

I have partnered with Iduka in promoting post-secondary education in all the countries I will be cycling through, with a special focus on girls' education.

The Name

The name is inspired by the Latin word educare, which is a root of the English word education. Educare means “to educate, to rear, to teach, to bring up, to raise” or “to support.”

The Mission

Iduka’s mission is to promote college affordability by connecting students with gifters, schools, and community service organizations through an Internet based micro-loan program.

Our goal is to provide students and their families one more financial tool to help them in their pursuit of higher education. We make this possible by offering an innovative plan based in a Web-based micro-lending system that connects gifters with students, and incorporates, whenever possible, student volunteerism as a mean for students to pay back their loans.

The Vision

Our vision is to become the world’s first person-to-person web-based program exclusively devoted to providing student micro-loans to all local, national, and international students in need of additional financial aid.

My Part

I will be acting as Iduka's principal fundraiser. I am working closely with Iduka's Executive Director, Miguel Martim. I will meet with local communities and Iduka volunteers all over Africa, give grants to students and promote education as I go along.
I will also be meeting with government officials in most of the countries I travel through to deliver an open letter, calling on them to deliver on education.

Together, Iduka and I will raise funds for my journey and for Iduka's mission.

We also have a communications officer, Jessica Field, based in the United Kingdom that will help with keeping blogs updated and spreading the word via the internet.

We hope to do some live-streaming of the trip. This is still being discussed.

More information on our partnership and details will follow. So keep and eye on this page.

For more information on Iduka, please visit:

Iduka's Website
Iduka's Blog

So as you can see, this is truly a global event with people involved from all corners of the Earth! :)

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