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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: AmshaAfrica Foundation is determined to enhance the living standards andcommon good of people within some of the world''s poorest villages andslums in Africa by reducing chronic social concerns such as hunger,disease, illiteracy,unemployment, substandard housing, and poorsanitation.

Results: Our Water, Health, and Sanitation programs has reduced school dropouts significantly in areas that we serve since the high level of school dropout was directly related to water shortage since kids had to trek for miles to fetch water, with water availability, parents were able to ensure that their children attend school. Dropout rates reduced significantly in some communities and school attendance rates shot up to almost 100%. Child Abuse Prevention Program Successes: Amsha Africa Foundation has created an organization of 20 lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violated in Kenya. These lawyers have successfully provided free legal services on 42 cases and have 120 cases that are being worked on. Amsha Africa Foundation has worked with over 12 community based groups and helped create child protection teams within rural communities. These child protection teams have helped reduce child in some rural communities by over 95% according to our surveys. The Foster care program has encouraged and facilitates foster carers to look after children in need. There are currently 6 foster cares that AAF has helped form and the success of the children taken in these foster homes has grown exponentially from their previous abusive homes. Dear Friend Penpal Program Success: More than 200 children from the Kenya, the U.S., and Europe are currently participating in this program and from the surveys their supervising adults have provided, the program is extremely popular and successful. A number of children have significantly improved their cultural awareness and letter writing skills. A mother in the U.S. said that her 8 year old child wants to grow and join the peace corp and is now immensely interested in helping other under previledged children from Africa from the experience gained from this program

Target demographics: Low income communities in Africa that live below the $2 a day threshold.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Programs: Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program Water, sanitation, and hygiene are all critical to reducing the burden of water-borne diseases. We work with a community based groups to find effective sanitation approaches that will contribute to a world where children and families lead healthier, more productive lives. We aim to develop scalable business models and technologies capable of moving communities we work with from unsustainable to sustainable sanitation services across the sanitation value chain. We invest in technologies and methods for increasing sustainable access to clean water and hygiene. Child Abuse Prevention Program We work with our partner organization in an effort to stop child abuse and neglect and educate communities in Kenya. We support children who are forced to work for their survival and work with schools in Income Generating Activities to support children under situations that would lead to neglect and drop outs. Our program helps create child protection teams within rural communities and helps create an organization of lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violeted. We also participate in research activities on children's right, such as street children. "Dear Friend" Pen Pal Program The goal of the Dear Friend pen pal program is to sustain long-term, 1:1 relationships between as many pair of U.S. and Kenyan children as possible, and to help all participating children achieve literacy goals, heighten their cultural awareness, and feel the joy of knowing another child across the world cares about them. This project will preserve the art of letter writing for our generation's children, teaching them to communicate well through the written word.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bedan S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I served in Amsha Africa Foundation Board and i truely loved the experience which included changing Africa to be a better place to live in. I loved the interaction with the Old men and women when we donated free reading glasses to them. I was also involve in Penpal children program in the slums of Nairobi and these child project was amazing and had great impact in the African child's development. Also working with Kisumu communities on Aquaponics as well as Singilla majengo in Taita water projects was a worthy challenge.

As a former projects manager in Kenya, i witnessed high level of honesty and teamwork with my kenyan Colleagues, Janet,Robert, Festus etc.
Tony Abuta - the founder of AAF is an amazing man and the coordination with the Dallas Office was very great..

Thank you and may God bless AAF.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

working with AAF has been a great experience. Best organization

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Amsha Africa Foundation (AAF) staff in the U.S. for the past 3 years, helping with the Aquaponics project and formulating ways of simplifying their prototype for use in third world countries. By far, AAF is one of the few non profits i've worked with that is really visionary and committed to improve the lives of the poor in Africa by working on solutions that are sustainable and can be replicated at little to no cost. It is always a pleasure working with the AAF staff, especially it's knowledgeable founder Tony who has a great passion and commitment to AAF's goals. I always look forward to working on AAF projects and knowing that they are really doing what they mean to do in the third world countries and communities they support. I highly recommend this organization to anyone with interest in their programs.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been with the Amsha Africa Foundation for a little over a year and i feel that the work they do and the projects that they are involved in are both rewarding and life changing for for me as a volunteer and for the people and community's that they help, my only regret is that i cant do more. they are a wonderful organisation with beautiful warm hearted people striving to give all the people they help a voice, hope, dignity, safety, love and hope.

3 Katie29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served on the Amsha Africa Foundation (AAF) board since early 2010, after successfully working with AAF on a holiday card project: For the 2009 holidays, I asked parents and teachers in the U.S. to have their children make holiday cards for children in Kenya. I had met Tony Abuta, AAF's Executive Director, the preceding week by phone, and he agreed that this would be a fantastic initiative. With one week's notice, 150 children in the U.S. made and sent me cards for Kenyan children. On the day Tony received them from me by U.S. Mail, he scanned all of them for future digital presentation, just before hopping on his planes to New York, London, and ultimately Kenya that evening. From that point on, Tony and I have worked together smoothly, without ever meeting in person. Any time I ask Tony for support or information, I receive a phone call or email within the hour. AAF relentlessly seeks to improve conditions wherever suffering exists in Africa, and is generous in giving to those few causes it does not personally take on. Transparency and accountability are founding values, whose refrain I frequently hear directly from Tony. Also, Tony personally travels back to Africa at least a few times per year, to check on projects and further development, while managing a full-time professional career in the U.S. AAF is top in its field in integrity, compassion, professionalism, and efficiency. My board member bias aside, I am a huge fan of AAF, ever thankful for the reminder that good work can be selfless, organized, and fun.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Amsha Africa is a great NGO! We are very committed and professional, transparent and the work done is changing the way people and indeed lifting themselves out of poverty. Many orphans are grateful, communities are learning to be self-sustainable. This NGO needs all supppoort and funds, and together we can help the less fortunate communities.

3 Auldridge Chibbwalu

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as Country Representative-Zambia with Amsha Africa Foundation in Zambia for some 8 months now and i am always heading her activities and keenly work towards empowering the local poor communities in Zambia to lift themselves of poverty with dignity and it is great organization worth supporting to touch more lives in Africa. I am working with some local and international organisations to come on board to support our work in Zambia

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked as a volunteer for AAF's Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect program for 3 years now. AAF's dedication to to support children are abused in Kenya is outstanding. Every instance of possible abuse reported to AAF is thoroughly investigated and assigned a team to follow up. AAF has helped over 500 abused children over the past 2 years by removing them from the abusive environment, and bringing to justice the perpetrators. I am proud to have worked with AAF and looking forward for more years working with them.

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AAF on two occasions, in 2009 and 2010 working on their Health Focused Program geared for International Volunteers.

It was my second time working with an international non profit organization and my first visiting a third world country. I was excited to go to Africa for the very first time, but also concerned about my safety. My parents and colleagues were concerned too since there were travel warnings to Africa from the State department.

I was introduced to Amsha Africa Foundation "AAF" when its staff made a visit to our school to showcase some volunteering opportunities in Africa. They provided us background information on AAF and volunteer opportunities and options that AAF had in Kenya. They also worked with my University's Student Affair's dean on a plan for the logistics, accomodations, and activities for the 4 week duration of the trip.

The schedule AAF provided to the chool for the four weeks volunteering in Kenya was extremely detailed with exactly what was to be done on a day-to-day basis, down to the hours. Contacts were provided, and we had a mandatory pre-trip orientation that focused on safety, travel to and within the project sites, sanitation, visas, health and immunization, etc. I thought the orientation was great, especially for me since I had never been to a third world country. I also liked the way the program details and itinerary was broken down.

After our orientation, I spent about two months preparing for the trip. AAF was always quick and upfront in responding to our questions, concerns, and providing details about everything we requested. Tony, AAF's founder, was awesome since he was easily accessible to answer any questions we had whether through email or phone calls.

We had about 10 volunteers from the U.S. for our flight to Nairobi. I was the team leader. The flights were organized by AAF and we flew using British Airways from Dallas with a 3 hour connection in London at Heathrow airport.

We arrived in Nairobi, Kenya at about 9 p.m. local time after the 9 hour flight from London. At the Nairobi international airport, we were met by AAF director in Kenya (Janet Shali) and 3 other officials. They had a nice brand new 30-seater tour bus that was waiting for us outside our arrival gate. They helped us with our luggage and we were quickly driven to our rented house for rest. The drive was more like a 25 minute drive from the airport in a gated community in Westlands, Nairobi. The house we were staying in Nairobi was gourgeous, it really felt like home. Everyone had a room. we were split into 4 people a room and the beds were full bunker-type beds-very comfortable. We had internet access, and were served a late dinner before we retired to bed.

Over the course of the next few days in Nairobi, we attended a culture program and orientation with swahili language. We had AAF staff provide us with information on what we needed and introduced us to the Kenyan culture. We had a really cool cultural immersion program at a place called Bomas of Kenya and went for sight seeing of Nairobi and the surrounding areas.

We followed our schedule to the book, and I really enjoyed how the AAF staff worked dilligently to make sure we were comfortable and learned as much as we could.

We spent two weeks volunteering at the project site in Voi, Kenya. The project location was a 4 hour drive. We always had a designated driver, two safety officers (more like bodyguards!), a cook, and a project coordinator at all times.

At the project location in Voi, we stayed at a lodge that was really comfortable and had a beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro. It had bunker beds, mosquito nets, and all the basic amenities that made our life comfortable. The lodge was fenced off and had a gate with a guard. Bottled water, packed meals, were provided. We were not allowed to drink water from the local taps unless it was boiled and filtered. While working at the project location, our poject coordinator was always with us along with the safety officers. We were encouraged to write journals of our daily activities at the project site and had a supervisor that we reported to at the end of the day.

After finishing our 2 week volunteering gig, we went for a 2 day jungle safari that was awesome. We visited Tsavo national park where we camped for a night before being driven to Nairobi. We also had a day to shop for sourvenirs at Masai market and I bought so much authentic stuff!

The last day before we flew out, we filled out surveys, completed a checklist, and had a farewell dinner before being driven to the airport.

If I'm to have a chance of volunteering again with AAF, I will not hesitate. I had a life changing experience that will forever be with me. I made some really good friends too. AAF did a great job making sure that all the volunteers were catered for and provided the entire team with a sense of security and accomplishment.

When one of our volunteers fell ill at the project location, we had a medical doctor right with us to take care of him. We were always adviced on what to do and what to watch out for. We learned a lot from the cultural immersion program and just by interacting with the locals who came to the hospital that we worked in.

I am looking forward to doing another volunteering gigs with AAF. The only limitation for me is finances now that I have a newborn. The airfare to Kenya is a little pricey for me, but if I had the opportunity and funds. I would be packing my bags right now and going for another adventure.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amsha Africa Foundation works with impoverished communities in Africa, providing life-saving supplies. I've worked with this organization for the past year and been involved in food distribution, water and sanitation projects, educating the rural population on self-sustenance, and working on water and sanitation projects in many areas. The organization has a solid leadership team and background in helping the poor. It does just enough to make a lasting impact on the communities it works with and I'll be volunteering with them for a long time coming.