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F.A.Q.

Please find below answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question contact our office for more information.


Q: About Akaraka

AkarakA was founded in Singapore in 2010, based on the principle that education is the key to eliminating poverty. We award scholarships to underprivileged students to ease the monetary burdens of higher education.

Since its incorporation in 2014, Akaraka Hong Kong follows that very same path, yet with a different regional focus.


How – Four Simple Steps

Selection

We work in conjunction with educational institutions and NGO’s to identify students who show great promise, but are financially struggling to stay in school. Selection criteria takes into account; family income, enrolment in a recognized educational institution, and includes an interview process involving both the student and their immediate family.

Scholarships

A scholarship may cover; formal classroom education including vocational studies, tuition fees or non-tuition costs such as living expenses, books or materials.

Mentoring

Our scholars are generally the first in their family to enter higher education. We match our students with a mentor from the corporate world for guidance, to impart employability skills and an awareness of social responsibility within the work place and their community.

Career Advisory

Students are encouraged to attend seminars run by AkarakA. These seminars incorporate presentations by our corporate partners with topics aimed at the transition to paid employment.


Q: What does AkarakA mean?

AkarakA (from the West African Ibo language) means “Handprint” and “Destiny” – as in “Destiny is in our hands”. It connotes personal ownership and is also a play on “hand-in-hand”, and refers to the connectedness of our individual and collective destinies, that everyone needs a helping hand in their journey.


Q: Can I get involved and become part of the team?

Absolutely! Even though our Founding Members where all from the very same company our current team consists of people from various working backgrounds. Get in touch with us by clicking on ‘ Become a Volunteer’ .


Q: Is AkarakA a non-profit organization.

Yes, we are. Both AkarakA Singapore and Hong Kong.