AID FOR AFRICA, INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, Philanthropy

Location: 6909 Ridgewood Ave Chevy Chase MD 20815 USA

Mission: Helps African children, families, and communities through a network of charities providing healthcare (HIV/AIDS, malaria), education, food, economic improvement, conservation, wildlife protection, and arts programs.
Results: Aid for Africa has helped empower thousands of families in Sub Saharan Africa to build better lives through our support of more than 80 US-based nonprofits in our network. Activities included building schools, providing scholarships to students, providing women with capital to start small businesses, training mentor mothers to help stop the spread of HIV to the unborn, conserving rare wildlife, protecting rainforests in Tanzania, providing support to families in Northern Uganda, disseminating new agricultural technologies, and more. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund increases the number of girls in primary and secondary schools as well as college. Aid for Africa also partners with the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University through its Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which supports graduate students undertaking research in Africa. Through its blog and other social media outlets, Aid for Africa reaches thousands of followers with information about the complex issues facing Sub Saharan Africa how the challenges they present are being met.
Target demographics: Poor and marginalized communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
Geographic areas served: Sub Saharan Africa
Programs: Provide support for nonprofits working in Sub-Saharan Africa undertaking programs in healthcare, education, food security, micro-enterprise, wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and the arts. Educate U.S. citizens about Sub-Saharan Africa.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I had the sincere pleasure of working with Aid For Africa and learning the details of how they support a wide range of great organizations around the continent. AFA's mission is distinct and a significant part of what makes them so valuable for the types of work their member organizations perform. Rather than trying to directly deliver many things for the myriad needs of Africa, AFA directly supports many small, targeted, tactical nonprofits that are on the ground in Africa delivering a range of services and supplies. Some of these members, I suspect, would barely be able to function without the financial and strategic support AFA is able to provide.

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Aid for Africa supports a network of great non-profits that provide life-saving services to tens of thousands of people across Africa. One of its most important objectives is to support girls education. Aid for Africa recognizes and emphasizes that educated women raise educated children and that when women can care of their families everyone benefits. In addition, as a member of Aid of Africa, our small non-profit has benefited not only from the financial support we receive, but from our association with other member groups and the opportunity to collaborate with them in ways that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our programs.

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

I wouldn’t change much. Aid for Africa is a huge success story. If I were to make any changes, I would perhaps invest more time and resources in demonstrating to the public that investing small amount of money through the organization provides a high return on investment.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have been pleased with the assistance that our small grass roots organization has received from Aid for Africa (AFA) over the past 6 years. Our small non-profit group, Medicine for Mali, works with about 11,000 people in nine different rural villages in Mali. With the help of Aid for Africa, we have been focusing on five areas: school education, microfinance, clean water, medical and public health education. AFA has the same ideas as we do in helping the people in the villages in Mali. Some of them are the following: increase the education for the girls, give the people a sense of accomplishment and resposibility with a microfinance loan, provide clean water with deep wells in order to improve health, provide medicine and medical supplies to the village clinics and finally to teach the people the importance of good health by educating them about proper nutrition and healthy practices. AFA has helped Medicine for Mali to make a big difference in this small part of the world. Dave Merschman , President , Medicine for Mali

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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