Rise Up and Learn: A Desk Makes All the Difference
UNICEF USA has teamed up with African American churches and religious organizations across the U.S. to help students in Africa fulfill their dream of an education. This joint initiative will raise funds to provide desks to children as well as funding for girls education in Malawi, and school supplies and School-in-a-Box kits throughout Africa.
Support your church's efforts to deliver desks to kids in need in Malawi by visiting their fundraising pages:
- Church of God in Christ
- Fountain of Praise
- International Association of Ministers' Wives and Minister's Widows
- National Baptist Convention
- Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
- Progressive National Baptist Convention
Education cures poverty
Education is the key for children to lift themselves out of poverty, but 30 million kids in Africa are not in primary school. Millions more face huge barriers to gaining an education; often it’s the lack of a simple desk. Every day, millions of African children struggle to learn while sitting on the floor or the ground.
Giving children desks, where they can write and concentrate, is a first step to keeping eager students in school. Launched in 2010 by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, the Kids in Need of Desks (K.I.N.D.) initiative aids learning by delivering desks to schools in Malawi—nearly 150,000 so far. Still, more than half of Malawi’s students remain on the ground during studies.
Bishop P.A. Brooks
First Assistant Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Bishop P.A. Brooks is the First Assistant Presiding Bishop on the presidium of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., the largest African-American Pentecostal Denomination with an estimated 6.5 million members in over 59 countries. Bishop Brooks established the March of Faith Telecast and Radio Ministry, which have ministered to countless millions across the nation. The founding pastor of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit, Michigan, Bishop Brooks has faithfully served his congregants for over 55 years.
Dr. Beverly Williams Glover
Dr. Beverly Williams Glover is the eighth elected president of The International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc, a 40,000-member organization purposed to unite ministers’ wives and ministers’ widows of various Christian denominations into one Christian Fellowship. Dr. Glover has a commitment and passion to reach and transform ministers’ wives and ministers’ widows’ lives so that they are of greater service to others. Her holistic approach to leadership seeks to focus on the entire clergy family, with emphasis on cultivating stronger involvement in ministry by preacher’s kids (PK’s). Her vision for the organization is for each sister to impart sisterly love one to another; teaching by example in a manner pleasing and acceptable to God.
Dr. James C. Perkins
Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins is the 20th President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., with an estimated membership of 2.5 million congregants. The convention was the convention-denominational home and platform for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who addressed every annual session of the Convention until his death in 1968. Dr. Perkins has served as pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for 34 years.
Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III is the Presiding Prelate of the 1.3 million-member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., the world’s oldest Apostolic organization. Bishop Ellis brings the message of God’s love to a potential 85 million viewers across the nation and internationally on “The Word network” and other TV and radio outlets. As Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan, he pastors nearly 8,000 members.
Dr. William B. Moore
Chairman, The Foreign Mission Board
National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
Rev. Dr. William B. Moore is Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., home to 7.5 million members. The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. is the largest black Baptist convention, counting millions of members from churches, district associations and state conventions across the Continental United States and around the world. Dr. Moore has pastored the Tenth Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 42 years.
Dr. Remus E. Wright
The Fountain of Praise
Dr. Remus E. Wright, Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Praise, possesses a track record of transforming and revitalizing communities through messages of hope. His leadership of a 24,000+ member ministry has positioned The Fountain of Praise as one of the nation’s leading congregations. Holding firmly to the commissioned mandate in Matthew 28:18-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,” Dr. Wright has taken the gospel into national and international communities of the world. As an active participant in both foreign and local missions, he was instrumental in establishing three churches in Zimbabwe while supporting churches in Nigeria, Brazil and Columbia, as well as local churches in Houston.