AIE's mission is to break the bonds of poverty by empowering youth to reach their full potential through educational opportunities, sports, mentorship, resources, and a pathway to self-reliance.
We envision the day when young adults can draw on their educational and life-skill foundation to exercise agency as informed, purposeful, compassionate global citizens and positioned to drive change.
Anything Is Everything (AIE) is an organization that believes the highest form of investment is the proper nurture and empowerment of youth. As Frederick Douglass best put it, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” It is left to us to build "strong children" for the future development of society.
Anything Is Everything (AIE) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 as a charitable campaign geared towards youth development in Liberia and Oakland with the core goal of providing youth at risk access needs and the necessary tools and opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Between 2016 and 2018, AIE was successful in collecting more than a 20ft container worth of donated items such as school supplies, medical supplies, clothes, shoes, and sports equipment. To finance the shipment of the container to beneficiaries in Liberia, AIE raised over $18,000 through direct email marketing and social media campaigns. The founders of AIE, led by Darlington Martor, also traveled to Liberia during the first shipment to facilitate the release and distribution of the items. In addition, AIE hosted a three-day under 14 soccer tournament to benefit and engage with local communities. This effort was successfully implemented through partnerships with a local nonprofit, Monrovia Football Academy. Furthermore, AIE facilitated the establishment of a small library for Restore Hope: Liberia beneficiaries in Kolahun, Lofa County Liberia. During our second campaign, AIE raised enough fund to applied for its 501(c)(3) and was approved on April 28, 2018.
AIE is currently working towards establishing its Big Brothers Big Sister of Oakland and its after-school program in Liberia during the 2020/2021 school year. This after-school program is in partnership with a local junior high school called (Mother's Pride Academy). AIE initiative intends to nurture and instill discipline, confidence, emotional intelligence and sense of responsibility in youths. This after-school program is a pilot program for AIE long-term strategy of opening an Educational and sporting Academy in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia in 2025. This Academy will combine education, IT and sports to provide our students all the necessary resources and opportunity to develop as future leaders who will raise Liberia to greater heights.
An estimated 64 percent of Liberians live below the poverty line, of which 1.3 million live in extreme poverty. Social safety nets are fragile. Agricultural production has improved since the end of the war, but the country still depends on food imports and is vulnerable to economic shocks. Young people account for about 65% of Liberia’s 4.4 million population. This means that Liberia has a youthful population that is capable of serving either as a driving force of economic growth and development or a risky channel of violence and insecurity. Creating gainful employment, empowerment and educational opportunities for young Liberians is very crucial to sustaining long-term peace growth and harmony. AIE see its self-playing a major role in the upward development of Liberia.