Makena Cioni – Connecting Global Communities

Date grant awarded: March 12, 2019

Connecting Global Communities, created by high school student Makena Cioni, is designed to make an ESL (English as a Second Language) program for the Emmanuel Advice and Care Centre, an AIDS help center and preschool in Kwa Noxolo, South Africa. English is the unifying language in the nation of 14 national languages; and thus speaking it is a socioeconomic advantage that can lead these children to a higher education and a well paying job.

Working with children 6-16 years of age in the United States, Makena will create alphabet books for the EACC, allowing kids in the United States to be actively involved in helping kids just like them on the other side of the world. The alphabet books will accompany audio-visual and educational materials aimed towards giving the children the same resources in learning that kids in the U.S. enjoy every day.