Changing the world one backpack at a time

Mongai Fankam, Founder No BackPack Day

Mongai Fankam is an award-winning fifteen years old Cameroonian-American who is an activist and avid supporter of underprivileged children.  Mongai has met with some world-renown leaders in line with her education advocacy work. She has shared the stage with Dr. Joyce Banda former President of the Republic of Malawi, Mrs. Ligia Fonseca, First Lady of Cape Verde, Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa, Former First Lady of Zambia, Mrs. Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Former Mayor of Charlotte. Mongai was invited to the US Senate to meet with Senator Chris Coons. At the tender age of 3 years old, Mongai’s mother began taking her on mission trips to Cameroon, Africa. As Mongai got older, she realized that most of the children in rural areas of Cameroon had to walk miles to school and had no backpacks to carry their supplies in. Mongai decided to take action so she shared her concern with her teacher. Mongai wanted her schoolmates at Blythe Elementary School to donate backpacks and school supplies for the children of Cameroon on the condition that the kids come to school for a day without their backpacks! they would have to carry all their supplies and books in hand or in plastic bags just as the Cameroon children do every day. The principal at Blythe Elementary, staff and entire student body rallied their support for the cause and designated it as “NO BackPack Day”! Since 2012, close to 40 schools in Charlotte have also joined in on “No Backpack Day” and more than 16000 backpacks with supplies have been given to the children of Cameroon, Cape Verde, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa and locally in North Carolina. Mongai hopes that “No Backpack Day” will continue to spread to more schools so eventually no child will have to go to school carrying their books in plastic bags or in hand. [DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS]


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  No BackPack Day is a great way for students to walk a day in the life of those less fortunate. Empathy is a great teacher.

A BIG thank you to participating schools

Blythe Elementary School Huntersville

Charlotte Country Day

Carolina International School

J.M Alexander Middle School Huntersville

North Meck High School Huntersville

Costwold Elementary Charlotte

Randolph Middle School Charlotte

Victory Christian Center School

CT Walker Middle School Augusta GA

Piedmonr High School Charlotte

Mountain Island Elentary charlotte

Westerly Hills Elentary Charlotte

Harding High University Charlotte

SmithFiledd Academy Elementary Charlotte

Landsdowne Elementary Charlotte

East Meck High School Charlotte

Harding High University

Waddle Language Academy

Huntingtowne Farms Elementary Charlotte


W.J Gurganus Elementary Havelock NC

Trinity Episcopal School

McKinney Academy Davidson Charlotte NC

Thomasboro Academy Elementary Charlotte

Shamroock Garden Elementary Charlotte NC

Torrence Creek Elementary Huntersville

Christian Montessori School Huntersville NC

Lake Norman Chartered Huntersville NC

Corvian Chartered charlotte NC

Myers Park Traditional Elementary

Grand Oak Elementary Huntersville

Davidson Elementary

Albermarle Rd Middle Shcool Charlotte

West Charlotte High School

Cornelius Elementary

What to donate?

New and GENTLY used backpacks and …. Scissors, glue, paper, pencils, handheld pencil sharpeners, crayons, notebooks, binders etc. nobackpackday