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Through his Rumie Initiative, Toronto’s Tariq Fancy is providing kids in the developing world without access to school the chance to learn.
Tariq Fancy: Bringing education to the world’s poor children
By: Paul Hunter Feature reporter, Published on Sun Dec 28 2014
Tariq Fancy believes he can change the world.
So much so that the Torontonian abandoned a very lucrative salary as the youngest partner at a Wall Street investment firm and turned in his keys to a loft in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village so he could come home to share a two-bedroom apartment over a noodle house on Baldwin St., earn no salary and chew through his savings.
He did all that because of his faith in The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit organization he began in 2013 to educate children in developing countries. Rumie distributes tablets preloaded with textbooks, interactive lessons and other instructive tools to areas where access to education is either limited or non-existent.
Fancy’s brainchild is projected to dispense 30,000 of the $50 tablets in 2015 alone, largely targeting Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kenya, with an emphasis on getting them into the hands of girls in places where it is often impossible or dangerous for them to attend school. An important focus for Rumie in 2014 was Liberia, where Ebola forced the closure of schools.
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