LINKS AFRICA

Rating: 4.45 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1002 S Quebec St Apt 9 % Jane Wangari Njuru Arlington VA 22204 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Links Africa is one of the few international nonprofit organizations that are making significant positive social change in Africa. Addressing the issue of girls and women who have dropped out of school due to lack of finances helps utilize talents and skills that would otherwise go to waste. It is for this reason that I support the organization as I strongly believe in providing every human being with the opportunity to realize their full potential. There is no debate that education is crucial for competitiveness in the global economy. As such, Links Africa is performing an excellent job in supporting access to quality education particularly among the less fortunate members of out society. In addition, the provision of public policy advocacy makes certain that policies that are beneficial to women are formulated, implemented, and supported.

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The wonderful success stories narrated to me by two girls who received help from this organization; they described it as 'mom and dad'. That touched me and i decided to help so as to have more girls telling someone else a similar story. If anything, the future of the world depends on the bright future of the ever lagging behind girl child

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step up the funding to enable the advancement of the projects they are undertaking-it is noble, it is realistic and it is a cause bordering on humanity itself; The girl child is the main artery(the jugular vein) of humanity

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although Africa is a continent filled with rich culture and resources, women and girls continue to face dire issues related to poverty, female genital mutilation (FGM), gender violence, HIV/AIDs, childbirth, poverty ownership and access to credit. Women particularly in the rural areas are hit hardest by these issues. Despite many successes in empowering women, some of the mentioned issues continue to torment women. Links Africa is one of the international nonprofit organizations that are making effort to address the se issues at the grassroots level. In Partnership with other like minded organization, Links Africa is attacking the issue of poverty by empowering women through quality education and training. That is why I volunteer my personal resources to this organization as I strongly believe in the mission and the strategy the organization has established to achieve that mission.

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poor girls from the rural area have received support that has made a huge difference in their lives and that of their families.

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I would broaded the resource base and strengthen the partnerships and strategic networks.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Although research shows that Women work two-thirds of Africa's labor hours, they unfortunately receive less than 10% of the continent’s income and remain the face of poverty. They are not only paid less but they also own less than 1% of property in Africa, they are continuously discriminated by most public policies, and have fewer chances to pursue education. Worse, the little earning that women make is spent on children and household. Hence, Links Africa is an international nonprofit organization that recognizes the need to empower women and girls through education, public policy advocacy and capacity building for women leadership. The education and training that Links Africa provides enable women and girls achieve their full potential. Links Africa is a relatively new organization and it operates on a limited budget. However, their programs make a huge lasting difference in the lives of poor girls and women in Africa. I support Links Africa and will continue to support it because I strongly believe in its mission and vision.

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The capacity building for women leadership aspect of this organization is great. the programs too are very productive. Women from all walks of life have been encouraged to actively participate in the political and public policy processes.

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The organization is doing great but it needs more resources to meet the challenges ahead.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Links Africa is an international nonprofit organization that deals with one of the direst challenge facing girls and women in Africa. The organization applies practical common sense strategies to deal with the problem of abject poverty. By empowering girls and women through education, Links Africa provides the necessary tools to enable female members of community particularly those from poor families to fairly compete in the global labor market. Education is very crucial for competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy. It is for these reasons that I support Links Africa with technical advise and urge my friends to contribute to its great mission. The need is so huge in the continent of Africa but with little contribution from all of us, we can create a positive social change.



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Yes, the public policy advocacy program is very instrumental to women empowerment agenda

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This organization is great!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Links Africa uses a very pragmatic approach to deal with the challenge of poverty particularly among girls and women in Africa. Research shows that poverty continues to impoverish majority of citizens in the developing world who live on 2 dollars a day. Links Africa strongly believes that if such people are provided with scholarships to access quality education and academic excellence awards so that they are motivated, they would have an opportunity to realize their full potential and compete in the global economy. The organization also believes that women must seek elective positions in the public sector so that they contribute to the decision-making process. It is for these reasons that Links Africa is my favorite nonprofit organization. However, the organization operates under a very tight budget and finds it difficult to turn away some of the very needy girls. The organization commits almost 100% of the funds towards the programs. Any person who has an opportunity to volunteer or donate should consider supporting Links Africa – you will definitely get true value for your help.

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LinksAfrica has supported needy children that I know about.

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I would help them fund raise more funds to meet the huge needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support Links Africa because its programs that pertain to the empowerment of girls and women through education, public policy advocacy, capacity building for women leadership and provision of academic excellence award fundamentally address the challenge of poverty. In Africa, women bare a great responsibility to taking care of entire family. Therefore, providing education to them enables them to make informed decisions that impact everyone in the family. For example, educated women are more likely to make better decisions about the quality of education, healthcare and nutrition for their family. Hence, an educated and empowered woman becomes an asset for not only the family but the entire community. Although, Links Africa has a limited financial base, I have been encouraged to see that each dollar goes a long way to help needy girls and women in Africa. I will continue to support the organization and to encourage others to support its great mission.

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Know many hard working and smart girls who should be in high school but they are not.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more sponsors to increase the number of students

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Rating: 4 stars  

Links Africa is a God sent international nonprofit organization that is doing a great service to help poor girls and women access quality education in Africa. There is a general consensus that education is the key that opens doors of opportunity. Hence, Links Africa’s mission is based on the school of thought that stipulates that offering a fishing rod to poor girls so that they can learn how to fish for themselves is much better than providing them with fish or any other form of handouts. The education acquired through Links Africa scholarships definitely positions the girls on a level playing ground so that they can fairly compete in the global labor market. It is for this reason that I find Links Africa to be among the best nonprofit organizations that create direct positive social change. Unfortunately, the need in Africa is so huge and Links Africa has a very limited budget. However, the organization does the very best to ensure talented but poor girls are not left behind. I volunteer for the organization whenever I can and I have enjoyed working with needy families across East Africa region

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Yes, good experince

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Links Africa is involved in one of the greatest and innovative ways of tackling abject poverty at the grassroots level in Africa. As women and young girls remain the face of poverty in the world, Links Africa believes that provision of access to quality education is a key driver of the global economy. By providing scholarships to girls who would otherwise not be able to attend school due to financial constraints, Links Africa makes certain that women are not left behind in the social, economic, and political development. The cycle of poverty is prevalent among African women and the surest way to alleviate it from all societies is to educate women and girls as they play an important role in the households.The need in Africa is so huge and Links Africa operates on tiny budget but the impact created makes a valuable difference in the lives of underserved communities There is a saying in my local community that when you educate a woman, you educate the whole community. I would recommend support of Links Africa as the mission and the strategy to realize is based on common sense.

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I am personally attracted to the work of Links Africa because I am the benefiary of a similar program. I was born into a very poor family who could not afford to pay for education but I am what I am today because of the kindness and financial contribution of well wishers

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Increase the capacity of the organization to educate more girls per year

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Rating: 3 stars  

Links Africa is a great organization. The staff and volunteers in the organization were extremely nice and helpful to me. The organization has a remarkable mission, to support girls and women to access quality education. It makes so much sense as education is a main driver of the global knowledge-based economy. I am one of the sponsors who always wanted to support girls’ education in Africa but did not have the opportunity until I found Links Africa. The organization works closely with me and provides the progress report of the two girls that I support. Links Africa has made the dream of my lifetime come true and if your desire is to help the less fortunate members of the society, you will not go wrong working with the organization. Please include Links Africa as part of the 2011 Women's Empowerment Campaign and include the organization as one of the Top-Rated Women's Nonprofits List for 2011.


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The organization is result oriented and focused

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I would want more involvement of volunteers and field staff

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Rating: 5 stars  

Links Africa is one of the first nonprofit in the United States that provides scholarships to poor girls in East Africa so that they can pursue education and realize their full potential. I have been volunteering for Links Africa for a couple of years and it is my favorite nonprofit. Despite operating on a very tight budget, Links Africa has helped many girls in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to complete their studies. In addition, Links Africa grants an excellence award to girls who perform above expectation academically – this award provides an incentive that inspires girls to continue working harder in order to achieve outstanding success and be in a better place to compete fairly in the global economy. Links Africa also undertakes public policy advocacy to ensure that policies that are not friendly to women are completely eliminated and those that empower women are formulated and implemented. Links Africa’s work in building capacity for women to participate in leadership, political and policy processes is recommendable. This effort has enabled many women to contest for elective offices. The organization is run mainly by volunteers – a wonderful organization with a great mission that deserves great support and appreciation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Positively changing the perception of girls and their parents towards the importance of education as a bridge to get them out of abject poverty. I have also witnessed women get more actively involved in political and public policy processes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to help them get more funding as the need is too much in East African region and in deed the rest of the continent. I believe with more funding, Links Africa will help thousands of girls complete their education and achieve their full potential

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