The Education Advancement Fund International is an international non-profit organization that assists in: education exchange, cultural understanding, global education reform, and gender equity.
The events of 9/11 brought into our collective consciousness the reality that many around the world maintained negative opinions of America and Americans. To Kate Zhou, political science professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who was born and raised during the height of Mao Zedong’s revolution, it was easy to see how ignorance could compel individuals to harbor contempt for others. Feeling troubled by the events of 9.11 Professor Zhou concluded that the best way to increase cultural tolerance was through cultural exchanges about the virtues and values shared by Americans and like minded societies. As a result of this belief, Professor Zhou decided to devote her time and energy to creating a non-profit organization that would promote English language education and cultural exchanges in China and other corners of the world.
|Dr. Kate Zhou|
In the Spring of 2002 Professor Zhou and five other American educators traveled to West Hunan to assess the region as a possible site for their new organization. Upon arrival they were surprised to discover that the majority of the people in Hunan maintained positive views of Americans and almost all wanted to travel and study in the United States. The welcoming nature of the people of Hunan, and their desire to learn more about America, compelled Professor Zhou and her colleagues to establish the non-profit organization Education Advancement Fund International (EAFI) in June of 2002.
Since its founding EAFI has initiated various programs aimed at furthering its mission of facilitating international education exchange, cultural understanding, global education reform, and gender equality in education by assisting poor, minority, and learning disabled students to overcome financial barriers to appropriate education.