MAD was founded by Theresa Grant. Grant left a marketing job in Silicon Valley, California to make a difference in the world by investing in education. She started helping up to 2,000 children in Zambia, Africa by sending them to government schools, but later found that many of the children were not acquiring the knowledge, nor skills they needed to rise out of poverty. The conditions at the schools were insufficient for learning. Many teachers were underpaid and failed to show up for class. Additionally, the children lacked the resources they needed to get the quality education which they deserved.
While helping in Zambia, Grant was asked by local Tanzanians to come to Tanzania to support the formation of an orphanage. After much research, Grant discovered that the conditions at the government schools were very similar to that of Zambia. Thus, she committed to send the children to locally run private English medium schools. The difference in quality of education was clear. After only one year of sending the children to private schools, Grant was able to see the difference being made in the children’s lives.
Grant founded her organization, (MAD), as a local charity to help raise funds to send the children to high quality schools. Since it’s inception in 2008, MAD has developed a unique model of care, which is enabling vulnerable children in developing nations get the chance to not only rise out of poverty, but also become leaders within their nations. Upending the status quo of accepting a large number of children but only providing the basic necessities, MAD seeks to concentrate resources on a smaller number of children with quality care.