Over the last few years, tennis star, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Serena Williams (pictured) has quietly been strengthening the educational infrastructure of black nations.
According to Global Citizen, Williams, 37, was a driving force behind the foundation of schools in Africa and the Caribbean. These schools for special needs students are located in Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica. In addition to providing financial backing for the schools, Williams took part in their construction efforts.
At a village school Williams oversees in Mombasa, Kenya, each student is given their own laptop computer. The children are able to use these devices to assist them with their studies and interact with the outside world. Williams’ ancillary actions have been spearheaded through her nonprofit called The Serena Williams Fund.
In Jamaica, the Salt Marsh Primary School Williams co-founded through her nonprofit was produced in tandem with the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation. This was the third school to be constructed through successful efforts pursued by The Serena Williams Fund.
In association with the Build Schools Africa charity, Williams’ nonprofit also provided assistance for constructing three schools on the African continent. These schools are located in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. One of the barriers Williams is trying to raise awareness about in the African schools is gender equality.
“We’re making progress. But we can keep working even more to increase equality—whether it’s making sure to interview black candidates for tech jobs…standing up to cyberbullying…making sure that our technology is designed by all kinds of people. Eventually we’re going to make the world better. For everyone,” Williams said (Global Citizen).
Williams has a multi-faceted group of business entities, which have displayed the ability to avidly produce in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These latest strides toward educational empowerment in politically disadvantaged countries are commendable.