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Action in Africa Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Women, Womens Service Clubs, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Action in Africa strives to Educate, Inspire, and Empower people in Uganda by focusing on education and community development. Our goal is to provide sustained education, allowing individuals to reach their untapped potential and incite economic growth by becoming the next leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in their country.

Target demographics: educate

Geographic areas served: Kampala, Uganda

Programs: creative based programming (music, drama, dance, rhythm, storytelling, painting, drawing, etc.), tutoring, adult English classes, a women's support group, and much more!

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Action in Africa in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. The organization has blossomed since I first visited in 2011. The organization has empowered the community in a unique way, and the way that the students have grown with the organization is remarkable. I've always valued the way Action in Africa handles their organization. Nothing is just free, and as a result it allows the community to come together and work toward common goals. The staff at Action in Africa is passionate about what they do. With as many people as the organization constantly has, it's incredible that the staff continually works to meet their needs. Spending time with the children and the students there has constantly impacted me, and Action in Africa has provided me a way to serve and love on them. In short Action in Africa is incredible, and I have no doubt that I'll volunteer with them again in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Action in Africa for nearly 7 years, after first hearing about it my freshman year of college and becoming actively involved. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Uganda three times to see the amazing work AIA does firsthand. It has been absolutely incredible to see the growth over these past few years at The Center. Everything AIA does is intentional and with the input of the residences of Nakuwadde. Educational scholarships. After school programing—art, dance, sports etc. Adult programming—English lessons, women empowerment etc. AIA has a zero-tolerance policy for dependency, which is a central part of program planning. Additionally, AIA is transparent in how they work and how donations are used. AIA is small nonprofit making a big impact. It has unfortunately been a couple years since my last trip to Uganda and I am aching to get back to this community of amazing people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to travel to Uganda and volunteer with Action in Africa twice over the past two years. Each time, I was completely blown away with how much this organization can accomplish with the resources that they have. It is a testament to the people running Action in Africa that they can create such an amazing sense community. During my second visit (which was three months long) I got to know the personalities that drive this organization. It really is the individuals and their motivations to embrace the Nakuwadde community that pushes this organization above and beyond.

Action in Africa takes an honest approach with its surrounding community. It does not simply take action that looks impressive, or produces impressive numbers. It takes time to have a real meaningful discussion about the individual problems in the community, and how it can effectively address them. I can say from experience that this approach has had a profound impact on the Nakuwadde community and everyone who comes to the center has an experience that is personalized for them.

This organization does amazing work!

Michael410

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Action in Africa for over 10 years and can honestly say that the experience keeps getting better and better. This organization tackles education and community development holistically, providing primary, secondary, and even university scholarships to send kids to school, while offering supplemental educational programming at a community center that has quickly become the center of Nakuwadde, the village where the group is based. These classes at the community center include arts and crafts, music and dance, story telling/creative writing, and debate, and they are designed to help the students think both creatively and critically. Via its scholarship program and community center programming, AIA has impacted the lives of thousands of students!

I have traveled to Nakuwadde to work with Action in Africa 5 times, and I can attest to the amazing work being done on the ground there. This group is a living testament to the fact that successful nonprofits are built though experience! Really excited about what the future holds for Action in Africa.

Lance F.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Action in Africa is a remarkable non-profit that educates, empowers, and inspires both Ugandans and those lucky enough to work or volunteer with the organization. It started with myself and several of my high school students, who have now taken control of the NPO. We have learned along the way and have truly learned to listen and collaborate with the African community we are trying to support. We are now seeing several of our first students we helped become young adults who contribute and work not only within AIA, but also their community at large. All but one of our employees are local Ugandans. AIA has also opened its doors to numerous volunteer groups who have come and really been challenged to rethink their own lives. Overall this is a dream come true for me as the torch continues to get passed along. Huge kudos to Sarah who has dedicated much of her life to the success of this wonderful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Two summers ago I chaperoned a group of 12 relatively affluent high schoolers from Aspen and Kansas city on a 10 day service trip to the Action in Africa compound in a small, impoverished community in Uganda. it was truly a profound, life changing experience for all of us. Upon arrival, there was a feeling of sadness to see how theses families lived, in their small, shack-like homes, most of which had no running water or electricity. As we worked at the compound and spent time with these children and their parents, we witnessed a phenomenon that proved to be quite eye opening. These people were happy, content, talented, and bright. Their desire to learn and improve themselves was unquestionable.
The epiphany that overcame us was that in a world of minimalistic material means, we witnessed feelings of unbridled happiness and contentment. They had no ambitions on getting the new I Phone 6 to replace their older model! In fact, only a small handful had phones, televisions, or any of the other comforts that we have come to expect. Health, clean water, and a meal on the table were their only expectations, and even in the absence of those, they stood strong and happy. My hope and goal was to have our children come to realize that happiness and contentment does not arise from the accumulation of material goods. It is much more about family, the most basic essentials, and an ability to survive peacefully and in good health. No anti-depressants, ACT tutors,or opulence Just unbridled happiness. This was a life lesson that I hope and pray many more children from our opulent lifestyles will get to experience I promise that it will be forever life-changing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children and their friends have been involved in AIA for serveral years . They have had the amazing opportunity to visit and volunteer and experience first hand the incredible development and growth of the center . The center provides after school activities , creative writing workshops, study sessions, and many other wonderful events for all age groups. The center also provides and teaches the community members a myriad of skills so they can support their families and cultivate a way of life that can sustain them moving forward and for future generations. I personally was there this summer with my 15 year old and witnessed how extraordinary and hard working the staff is and how determined they are to continue in their quest to teach , develop and enrich the center and their community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Action in Africa (AIA) for over 8 years and have been to Uganda 5 times with the organization. I have seen AIA grow from a small high school club into a flourishing, dynamic, and inspiring non-profit. Even after being at "The Center" for a mere several days, one can quickly sense just how important AIA is to not only the small village of Nakuwadde, but to the country of Uganda . The incredible amount of growth and interest in the organization over the past several years attests to how impressive AIA is.

1 Nick U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Action in Africa for 5 years and have experienced first hand the life changing work that has been done for the people of this community. In an effort to enrich the lives of all of its members, AIA provides a number of programs geared towards educational development and personal empowerment. "The center", AIA's home base, provides a safe place for everyone and anyone who walks through the front door. At "The Center" Children can participate in a variety of programs including creative workshops, English classes, music classses, group study sessions and more. "The Center" also provides free HIV testing, free haircuts and other programs offered on a monthly basis. The work that Action in Africa is doing is nothing short of inspiring and I would recommend anyone who wants to make difference to get involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Action in Africa since the summer of 2008 when my oldest son first travelled to Uganda. He has since been five times and everyone in my family has been at least once to see first hand the incredible educational programming Action in Africa is implementing in a small Ugandan village outside of Kampala. I am now a member of the board. The entire goal is to provide and supplement the education so that the people of Uganda can thrive. I urge you to read about this organization on line to learn more about the wonderful work they are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Action in Africa high school club three years ago and ever since I have been so excited and involved with everything they do. I have traveled to The Center in Uganda twice since being in the club and each day I spent there I was blown away. The amount of support Action in Africa provides for the small village where The Center is located is amazing, from counseling with the women around the village to after school programs and porridge for the kids or free english lessons Action in Africa has made a huge impact in Uganda. The continuous work from the staff and volunteers in incredible. Action in Africa provides amazing opportunities for the village each and every day. Visiting The Center for the first time in 2015 was shocking, I was shocked and blown away by the effect AIA had on the community even if it was as little as doing a village clean up. Going back to Uganda in 2016 was even more incredible. I saw first hand the progress of these peoples lives. I could see that what AIA does was actually changing their lives for the better and their support was loved and needed by the community. I've witnessed Action in Africa has doing amazing things in one year and there is only room for growth with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I arrived in Uganda, I felt the impact of what I was doing. From the students near the center who came to see us even on the weekends, to the adults who spent their time at the center in woman to woman classes and english lessons, to the children who came every day after school to participate in art classes, dancing, and exercise. Every night, children would stay late to read, study, clean, and talk to the staff. The organization itself was full of friendly people, and felt like a family in a far away place. Beyond my time at the center, AIA organized trips for me and my fellow volunteer to visit other NGOs and non-profits so that they could talk with us about our experience there and improve their own program. Constantly looking for ways to improve, loving, and effective are the perfect descriptors of AIA, and I can't wait for my next trip back to the center in Nakuwade.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In all my aspirations of working in the non profit world, I could have never imagined that an opportunity like the one granted to me at Action In Africa could have landed in my lap just a year after graduating from my undergraduate education. Sarah (President) gave me the unique chance to test the things that I had studied and the ideas I had about the potential for women in the underdeveloped world by giving me the reigns of Women to Women- the women's empowerment program at AIA. I spent 6 months with 50-odd amazing women aged 20-60 years old and learned more than I could ever imagined was possible.
Aside from that, working with Sarah in the goal of providing the children of the community of Nankuadde (outside of Kampala) with the opportunity of continuing their education through secondary schools (something that many families can't afford) and the sorts of additional educational opportunities that we in the developed world take for granted like having artistic and physical education along with scholarly education.
In attempting to find my first "career job" in the world of development non profits, I was terrified of having to settle for a job with an organization whose mission and actions I couldn't agree with. The way Sarah has taken on the challenge of reshaping and reinventing AIA since its founding in 2008, is incredibly admirable and has made me extremely proud to be linked with AIA for the rest of my life. The organization's growth even since it moved locations in the village was completely unprecedented and as it continues to gain the following of children, mothers, and community members, it deserves to be acknowledged and rewarded as an organization that wholeheartedly pursues its mission in sustainable and effective ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Action in Africa was incredible. They are tapping into new realms of foreign aid and have done so very successfully. The creative-based learning that Action in Africa focuses on has opened up a different world to its students. It was amazing to see firsthand what an impact Action in Africa has had on the people that it serves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Action in Africa cultivates a safe space for anyone who wishes to visit. Their programs, staff, and beneficiaries have nothing but warm and welcoming hearts to offer. If you're looking for an organization to give to, please consider Action in Africa. From the top down, their staff is trustworthy & when you visit their programs on the ground you can tell your money is going to good use. :)