Cynthia Kersey is the woman behind the Unstoppable Foundation. In January of 2013, I had the opportunity to see her in person and hear the inspiring and powerful story of the birth of this amazing organization. It was the highlight of the event.
In 2006, Cynthia traveled to Africa to participate in the first-ever Rural African Women’s Conference in Kenya. Thousands of women across Africa journeyed from their homes — most on foot over hundreds of miles — to meet these western women. What these women shared with Cynthia was a deep desire to educate their children.
Cynthia returned to the US and started the Unstoppable Foundation, a non-profit committed to educating the world’s children.
Through the Adopt a Village program, the Unstoppable Foundation is changing the lives of thousands of children, and the lives of all who live in their communities.
Education involves more than simply building schools; we must also create an atmosphere in the community that supports the education of children by freeing them from the necessary of doing tasks that are necessary for living — tasks such as carrying water or firewood, or assisting in activities that earn income.
Their Adopt a Village program focuses on the 5 Pillars of Sustainability:
- Access to Clean Water and Sanitation
- Food and Nutrition
- Access to Health Care
- Alternative, and Sustainable, Income Sources
With many charity efforts, the communities that are served often end up dependent on the charity forever; this is not the case here. The goal is complete independence within 5 years for each community — creating a system that is truly sustainable in the long term.
I’m sharing this with you here on my blog for two reasons:
1. To bring additional awareness to the work this organization is doing. If you are interested in donating money to help those in Africa, that money would be well spent by giving it to the Unstoppable Foundation. There are many charities working to support change in Africa, but few are doing it as well as this organization.
2. To inspire you to take action. Cynthia didn’t attend that conference with the intention of starting a charity; the stories she heard from the African women there inspired her to take action, and a charity was the result. Uncover your passions — and let them spur you into action — and you never know where they might lead.