An Update on Akilah’s 5th Anniversary Campaign


Nadine Niyitegeka

Akilah alumna Nadine Niyitegeka represents Akilah students at the 5th Annual Metropolitan Safari in Washington, DC. Nadine currently serves as Akilah’s Development & Recruitment Associate.

This January, Akilah turned five years old!

Akilah has campuses in two countries in East Africa and we continue to increase our student body enrolled in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Hospitality Management.

We launched the 5th Anniversary Campaign to celebrate our success and support our growth.

To date, we have raised over $1.8 million of our $2 million goal! The funds will allow us to strengthen our impact and programs. We’ll make important investments in technology and materials, faculty development, capacity building, academic enrichment, and campus activities. These investments support our goal of graduating 1,000 students by 2020.

Thank you to our amazing donors who have been with us over the past five years, including the Segal Family Foundation, Dammeyer Family Charitable Fund, Uechtritz Foundation, and Child Relief International.

We also want to recognize our many new supporters. We recently received a donation from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), an American global food-processing and commodities-trading corporation. This gift was made possible by ADM board member Francisco Sanchez, the Chairman of CNS Global Advisors and the former Under Secretary of International Commerce for the United States Government. Francisco also hosted a fundraiser during Akilah’s 2014’s D.C. Metropolitan Safari.

A special thank-you to our new friends and supporters:

  • Imago Dei Fund
  • WeTech
  • The Lauder Foundation
  • The Biddinger Family Foundation
  • The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation
  • Erik Schmollinger
  • Al Ernst
  • Christine McClave
  • Vincent Mellett
  • Jan Solomon
  • Anne K. Helgen

We extend our gratitude to everyone who joined us in celebrating Akilah’s fifth birthday. If you haven’t yet made your contribution, there’s still time to support the 5th Anniversary Campaign by donating today. Your generous contributions will reverberate beyond students’ three years at Akilah.

As participants in the region’s professional workforce, Akilah graduates will increase their lifetime earning potential and reinvest in their families and children, building future generations of young leaders on the continent.