IFESH is proud to announce the leadership of professional basketball player, Ike Diogu, as spokesperson for IFESH's Books for Africa Campaign.
"In Africa, education is often cut short because of the lack of text books," said Dr. Julie H. Sullivan, IFESH President and CEO. "In some countries, as many as 10 - 20 children share a single textbook," she said. "This year, our ‘Books for Africa' program goal is to place 200,000 textbooks in the hands of African youth and we are honored to have Mr. Diogu's invaluable support."
Mr. Diogu added, "I am delighted to be a part of the IFESH journey, and will work on behalf of the "Books for Africa" program to help them reach their goals." Diogu attended Arizona State University and was selected as the 9th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
Giving back to Africa comes naturally for Diogu's family. They have a strong heritage rooted in Imo, Nigeria. Diogu brings a strong commitment and voice to raise awareness of the need to support the children of Africa.
Since 1995, the "Books for Africa" Program has shipped and distributed over $45 million worth of books to Africa. IFESH has also sent over 1,100 volunteer educators to 15 African countries impacting over 500,000 African teachers who have, in turn, changed the lives of millions of students. Today, IFESH continues to change the lives of children in ten countries through education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention and conflict mitigation programs.