The Right to Write

Africa Mobility Services (AMS) is marking its 10th year in operation with a new initiative aimed at helping children in Africa with their literacy studies.

The project, called ‘The Right to Write’, potentially involves the whole of the global mobility industry. It aims to collect 10,000 pens or pencils (1,000 for each year of AMS’s business), donated by companies at this year’s IMA, FIDI, Harmony and IAM conferences.

“Almost every company produces pens or pencils as giveaways,” said AMS CEO, Kim Becker.  “We are asking our friends and partners to donate some of them for distribution to Africa’s children. They are simple, but vitally important items that really make a difference to the kids’ education.”

Charnel Francis, the company’s Business Development Manager, has been collecting pens and pencils for Africa’s children for over six years and has seen the dramatic impact they can make. “Each child gets through around 10 pencils and 10 pens a year,” she explained. “The pens help their education, education contributes to employment, employment provides wellbeing for the families which leads to sustainable communities and economic benefits for everyone.”

So if you are attending these conferences, please take the trouble to take a few extra pens, whether they carry your company branding or not, for donation to the AMS campaign.

The campaign works ‘hand in hand’ with the AMS ‘Hockey Dreams’ program that focuses on education, coaching, mentorship and development for rural African communities.

Photo: Charnel Francis.