The Wakandans came to the realization that hoarding resources from those they can help is wrong. In their case that was vibranium; for you, the African diaspora, the precious resource is your knowledge, skills, and energy. Shabaka will seek to mobilise the pan-African diaspora to support local and national initiatives aimed at improving the lives of those living in Africa. We will initially focus on 10 organisations based in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Despite being frontline service providers and essential lifeline for communities affected by poverty or/and humanitarian crises, many local organisations in African countries face a shortage of qualified people. Often referred to as 'brain drain', local organisations and civil society often don't have the right skills sets available to them, or cannot afford to hire staff.
At Shabaka we want to support local NGO organisations by harnessing existing resources; the skills and knowledge of the diaspora, without costing the earth. Online volunteering removes barriers such as significant travel costs, and ensure all those, including marginalised groups such as persons with disabilities can participate.
The aim of our project is to start with supporting 10 organisations, and as we grow, we aim to support more organisations so they can continue their vital work of making a positive impact for communities in Africa, and beyond.