Bright Minds Africa has its origins in 2015 when a Cameroonian woman named Yvette knocked on the door of a Peace Corps Volunteer in her community and asked if the volunteer ran a nonprofit for women. "No," Gina said, "but we can start one."

Yvette and Gina have been working together ever since. They founded Bright Minds in 2018 to support some of the most vulnerable children in Nasarawa State, a region just outside of Abuja plagued by terrorism, regional violence, and economic depression.

Bright Minds locates children who are not in school, provides them with scholarships, and supports their education through home visits and one-on-one mentorship. We also offer job training scholarships for older children who prefer to learn a job skill. To date, we have 55 scholarship recipients and counting!

Library Development
Because the schools in Nasarawa State are vastly underfunded, most students go through their entire education without holding a book or learning how to read. Bright Minds is changing this by partnering with local educators to construct school libraries and train teachers to run them using activities to promote literacy. We have just completed our second library project.

All our scholarship recipients receive health and nutrition counseling from Bright Minds' incredible Nigerian staff and volunteer team, who also create safe spaces within the community where teenage girls can learn reproductive health, something that is not taught in school. For students affected by HIV/AIDS who are struggling to receive consistent treatment and nourishment, we offer a sponsorship program in which we match sponsors with individual children.

Girls' Empowerment
Bright Minds' focus remains on girls, as girls are expected to marry at an early age and therefore their education is often undervalued by society. We empower young women to chart a path through high school and on to university.

All of our work is initiated and implemented by local West Africans, thereby stimulating the local economy. We work in a region other organizations don't go, reaching some of Nigeria's most vulnerable children. With the generous support of our donors like you, we are giving kids the boost they need to succeed in school and become the next generation of African and world leaders.


Here's the breakdown of
what your donation can do:

$32 enrolls a student in school for the first time. This is a one-time enrollment fee for primary school. After that, annual fees are nominal.

$84 provides lifesaving food for a malnourished child for one month. This is our new emergency intervention scholarship.

$266 supports our health classes, girls club, and mentorship programs for one month.

$3,500 builds a library in a school with no access to books or educational materials and trains librarians to keep it running.

If you are interested in sponsoring an individual child, please contact Gina directly at

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One of the early scholarship recipients


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