Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Anna-Karin Ericsson founded Aiducatius Foundation in 2009. As the founders of an international student exchange, both Tom and Anna-Karin have extensive knowledge of the value of education.
Aiducatius Foundation is a Sweden-based foundation that works to support young people’s education. Today, money is donated to The Gambia, Tanzania, Ecuador and Brazil. Southern Cross Cultural Exchange focus on supporting two AiDucatius projects; education for students at St. Martin Basic Cycle School in Kartong, the Gambia and tree planting, climate compensation our students and staff travelling, in Tanzania.
“We believe education is for everyone”. / Tom Ericsson
Since 2013, Aiducatius Foundation has been running as an independent foundation.
By covering the most essential cost of schooling, such as books, uniforms, shoes, and exam fees, Aiducatius acts as a catalyst for community growth. In a district like Kartong, The Gambia, with an estimated population of 6 000 inhabitants, families sending their child to school enables parents to save up money to allow their children to attend higher education, expand their own businesses or afford to employ workers. As a high school exchange student with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, your exchange experience does not only impact you!
At Southern Cross Cultural Exchange we care about the environment and try to live as green as possible, but most of our students do board an aircraft to fly to their high school exchange experience, and sometimes, our staff needs to travel to their colleagues. To climate compensate we support green initiatives.
In Tanzania, Aiducatius every year sponsor a farmer managed natural regeneration of forest project. The project is run by the Finish Swedish In Tanzania, Aiducatius every year sponsor a farmer managed natural regeneration of forest project. The project is run by the Finish Swedish protestant church and supported by the ministry for foreign affairs in Finland. Every year farmers learn about environmental issues and climate change and tree planting deals are made. Farmers recover one acre of natural forest and receive 500 pine seedlings to plant another acre. This generates private tree nursery initiatives and increases the income for local farmers.
To learn more about projects run by Aiducatius