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Asante Africa Foundation Inc

Rating: 5 stars   40 reviews 5,340

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, International

Address:

1334 Carlton Pl % Erna L Grasz Livermore CA 94550 USA

Mission:

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am an alumni of a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Workshop 2014. Through the LEI, I was able to learn about giving back to the society,communication skills, entrepreneurship skills and Financial Literacy. As my community give back commitment and through the knowledge acquired through Asante Africa, I am currently working with a group known as Full Circle that rehabilitates women in Prostitution in the streets of Nairobi. I have also been able to open a money market account in order to save for my future. Asante Africa is a great organization that is helping youths towards a bright future.

 
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I started volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation in 2011. I've been a board member since 2012, & continue to volunteer with the marketing team. From the start I was very impressed with the organization's clarity of mission, fiscal responsibility & common sense approach to making a difference. As I got to know more, I was impressed by the opportunity volunteers have to build their resumes with valuable skills. Now, as our very first students are finishing university & embarking on their careers, I'm most proud of the sustainability of the work we do. By instilling not only skills but a pay it forward mentality, this organizations is truly empowering East Africa's youth to not just to thrive themselves but to catalyze positive change, locally & globally. As we've matured, additional rigor in monitoring & evaluation has enabled us to start quantifying the impact of this amazing ripple effect. This summer I had the opportunity to meet some of these young rising stars, as well as our staff. I'm proud, honored & humble to work with all of them.

 
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When I visited Tanzania in 2006, I was deeply touched by the value people place on education (kids don't beg for candy or money, but for pens & books), and the pride that shines in even the poorest village. When I met Erna last year & heard about the wonderful work they were doing, I knew I wanted to help. This isn't just another charity that sends $ overseas or "teaches" Africans to do it "our way." Asante Africa works very closely with local communities, families & educators to figure out what solutions will best target the root causes for why kids aren't going to school, or doing well in class. Well over 90% of funds go directly to programs in Tanzania & Kenya.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

After visiting Tanzania, I stayed in touch with my safari guide. In 2011, he came to the US for a visit. By this time he had finished college & started his own tour business. He was also on the board of Asante Africa Foundation; turns out Erna & her husband Mark had been on one of his safaris the year before us. He introduced me to this crazy, motivated, inspirational dynamo of a woman & I learned about the great things they were doing to literally transform children's lives. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising funds to scale up our very successful programs so that we can impact even more communities

What is its top priority in the long run?

Fundraising & staffing to support growth & innovation of more impactful programs

 
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I first started volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation because of my interest in international development and desire to work within the non-profit field. My experience as an intern these last seven months has exceeded all of my expectations. Asante is a small but quickly growing organization and there is plenty of work to do. My tasks shifted from donor outreach to marketing user engagement analysis and beyond.
Almost two months ago however, I was made project manager for a panel discussion regarding the link between girls’ education and a prospering global economy. I was charged with mobilizing the efforts, talents and contacts of a 20-person team. I had never led such a sizeable project before. Under an uncomfortably tight timeline and some serious doubts, the panel was a clear success. Our speakers and panelists rocked the house and our audience, almost 70 in total, was clearly engaged.
This experience gave me the opportunity to excel. It has greatly enhanced my confidence along with my organizational and managerial skills; and it has affirmed my desire to work in the international development field. I have seen what happens when a small and collaborative group gets behind a clear purpose. I believe in Asante’s vision, I believe in their approach and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with this dynamic group. So I say to my team, Asante Sana (Swahili for thank you very much)!

 
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Interning for this Oakland-based international non-profit has been a blast thus far. The CEO, Erna and the board's passion for education and entrepreneurial development in Kenya and Tanzania is truly contagious. Asante Africa Foundation is merely the accelerant that supports hundreds of teachers and administrators in East Africa - over 40,000 lives have been impacted and I am excited to be on board for what comes next.

 
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Working with Erna Grasz (my sister-in-law) has been a real delight. Not having any non-profit experience, Erna has made me feel right at home. The passion and drive to succeed resonates within the entire organization. This is a group of very talented individuals from all walks of life. I can't put into words the feelings I get when describing what is going on at Asante Africa Foundation, you just have to experience it for yourself.

 
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I decided to volunteer with Asante for several reasons: as a granddaughter, daughter and sister of teachers, I strongly believe in education for children. I went several times in Africa and could attest of the needs regarding education and the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they can live their potential. And as an HR professional, I wanted to help the Organization and share with them my knowledge and competencies.

What a surprise when I joined the team - so amazing, great, dedicated people! I love working with the AAF team who strongly believe in what they build with always a smile and an awesome working ambiance.
I strongly recommend anyone who wish to be part of a great adventure to come volunteering with AAF

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Several years ago a woman came to my Rotary Club to talk about her non-profit that was educating kids in Africa. I remember being drawn to her passion and appreciating the logic and determination. That woman was Erna Graz of Asante Africa Foundation. Since that date I have had the opportunity to learn more and more about this organization and the more I've seen the more impressed I've become. Erna attracts very special people to participate in her team and the result is great results. If you are passionate about changing the world for the better, Asante Africa Foundation is a great organization to accomplish that goal.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

They have amazing energy. The passion in the room is truly amazing. Working with them is going to be amazing . Everyone one was amazing experience that I will be able to learn from and take with me in my furtherendeavors.

 
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Since my first day volunteering at Asante Africa I felt te amazing energy and wheel to help with the power of team work and collaboration! Fantastic group of people with the same objective: trying to make this world a little better place!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Yes, we talk about education and the power that has to change the world and that was the first thing that attracted me to want to join Asante Africa's team but the one thing that made me more impressed with Asante's mission is that its work expands beyond the classroom: they impact the whole infrastructure that surrounds it! They work on providing a healthier, safer and warming environment for the students to learn.

You can see the results and the difference in the facilities after Asante has a change to work with them and you can see the kids and how they are happy. That gives a solid base for the teachers to work and for the kids to learn and be eager to be in the classroom as well!

I just love it!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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As a long time volunteer, I did not have expectations for Asante Africa to be anything apart from my previous experiences. However, from the outset, I could tell that it was an organization that not only was deeply committed to its cause, but also extremely professional and methodical in its operations. It has been a joy to work for Asante Africa because you are an integral and involved member of the team. Ultimately, everyone at the organization wants to achieve the same goal, to facilitate access to education, and Asante Africa does an excellent job of achieving its goal while imparting valuable skills to its volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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