Mission: The mission of African Soul, American Heart (ASAH) is to Protect, Educate, and Empower orphaned girls from South Sudan. Due to the ongoing civil war, we operate our program in northern Uganda to ensure the safety of our students and to have access to schools and other opportunities unavailable in their home country.
Results: We opened our boarding school in Jonglei State, South Sudan in 2012 with 13 students in South Sudan and 11 in Kenya. By 2013 we had total 40 students. Our South Sudan students fled with their extended families in February 2014 after the war reached their villages. We located them in 11 different refugee camps in three countries and moved them to Moyo, Uganda. We currently have 47 students in Uganda and two in Kenya, including our first girl in college.
Target demographics: Protect, Educate and Empower orphaned girls from South Sudan
Direct beneficiaries per year: 47 orphaned students
Geographic areas served: Uganda and South Sudan
Programs: housing and compassionate care at our compound, food, clothing, medical care, school fees and uniforms, sports, and extracurricular activities.
After meeting Debra and seeing how much she personally invests into this non-profit, I was very impressed. She isn't one of the founders who sits behind a cushy desk raising money, she GOES to Africa and works first hand helping these girls so they can improve their lives. She has a website so donors can actually see where their money is going. As far as I can tell, she is doing everything right! More non-profits need to be run this way!