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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: African Childrens Haven supports grassroots organizations that help local kids lead healthier, more productive lives. We invest in a variety of projects, but place special emphasis on education, especially for orphans and children living in extreme poverty. Our belief is that Africa’s future rests with its children and that projects developed and run by local communities produce long-term results.

Results: Orphans: In Western Kenya, an area with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, we support children affected by the AIDS pandemic. Just $10 per week provides shelter, food, clothing, medical services and education for a child in need. Education: To the greatest extent possible, all of our projects focus on education. In addition, at many locations – as in Tanzania – we provide scholarships for girls’ secondary education. It costs about $1000 to send a teenage girl to middle school or high school for a year. Eventually, we will provide scholarships so that the very best students can go on to university. Gender: Lastly -- but perhaps most importantly --African Childrens Haven, gives a high priority to projects that support girls and mothers. Africa is traditionally male dominated, but that’s changing as women rise to positions of influence and as women become empowered to support their families, enter the cash economy, and become community leaders.

Target demographics: at-risk kids lead happier, healthier and more productive lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: 650 children and reached some 10,000 people through our sex education initiative.

Geographic areas served: Sub-Sahran Africa

Programs: our secondary school scholarship project for orphan girls in Tanzania. We also finance projects that support teachers working in urban slums and that rescue girls facing female genital mutilation. In 2014 we fielded our first teams of paid sex educators who travel in poorly-served rural areas teaching safe sex and local production of sanitary pads. The lack of sanitary napkins is a leading cause of school failure among young girls living in poverty.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me siento muy honrado por haber tenido la oportunidad de conocer ACH y de la su importante misión e impacto del trabajo que desarrollan.

Sus variados e importantes proyectos le dan oportunidad de un mejor futuro a sus beneficiados. A principios de 2016 tuve la oportunidad de viajar a Kenya y poder experimentar en persona y graficar en video la extraordinaria labor y el alcance de los proyectos, de los cuales se beneficia la niñez más necesitada.

Lo que les puedo garantizar, que el trabajo de los donantes, el compromiso y dedicación al 100% del personal en cada uno de los diferentes proyectos, el efecto es reciproco, las niñas y los niños beneficiados ingresan a los centros llenos de energía, con deseos de aprender y aprovechan esta única oportunidad con fe de un futuro mejor.

Me gustaría compartir una experiencia que viví en Kenia, el primer día que llegamos le pregunte a la directora de uno de los proyectos, a qué hora comienza la actividad en la escuela? ella sonrió, y me respondió - a las 4 de la mañana.

Según me lógica pensé a las 4 am en las zonas menos favorecidas en Kenya

Sin acceso a energía eléctrica, calles rurales sin pavimento ni drenaje que seguridad tiene los niños para caminar a tan temprano. La mañana siguiente me dirigí al centro educativo esa oscura mañana y fui sorprendido otra vez, ingrese a la escuela oscura, donde no se veía nada, a lo lejos escuchamos murmullos al final del centro a dos aulas iluminadas con candelas y albergaba alrededor de 20 a 30 niños por aula. Los niños estaban usando con mucho orgullo sus pulcros uniformes, sus zapatos y camisas con huecos y manchas pero limpias – durante esta visita ni los profesores, ni los niños sabían que los visitaríamos, todos nos sorprendimos, ellos al vernos y nosotros de ver tanta disciplina y dedicación.

Fue impresionante ver su dedicación, concentración y disciplina al hacer sus tareas. Los niños al notar nuestra presencia, se pusieron de pie de manera ordenada, al unísono nos dijeron Good Morning! Y se sentaron a continuar con su misión de continuar estudiando.

Tanto los directores de los proyectos, el personal y los niños beneficiados son incondicionales, dedicados y apreciativos del benéfico que reciben.

Es maravilloso que la fundación ofrece proyecto integral, cada niño al recibe alimentos, educación y salud. A pesar de su corta edad entienden que es un privilegio el tener esta opción como camino para salir adelante y superar la pobreza en la sus antepasados han vivido por generaciones.

Gracias a esta oportunidad conocí al primer resultado del impacto de la fundación ACH.

ACH ha apoyado al camino del éxito a una científica en alimentación, una abogada, un periodista, y una cantante famosa en Kenya. Todos llegaron a cumplir su sueño.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

African childrens haven is an amazing organization in so many ways. We as Mission with a vision a Kenyan charity that has received support from ACH since it was founded have great respect for ACH commitment to support of the African child. We deal with girls escaping female genital mutilation and forced early marriage and ACH has stood by us by offering school fees, clothing and even feeding the girls. ACH has reached out to the Kenyan girl child in all aspects and given hope to so many girls who did not have hope. I am so grateful to be associated with ACH.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to contribute to African Childrens Haven. My husband and I chose to give to this organization because they help educate and care for children. We have been able to follow the progress of some of the young women that we have helped with school fees. It has been wonderful to see them get an education that has allowed them to get jobs and help break the poverty cycle in their families.

One young woman wrote that she was reunited with her father after getting an education and he was very proud of her accomplishments. We can see that our contributions to ACH are helping to change the role of women and girls in rural Africa.

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Donor

Rating: 5

African Childrens Haven is an amazing organization. I have been contributing to their cause for several years, and continue to be impressed with the impact they are making.

Thru African Childrens Haven's partnership with Mission With A Vision. I have been able to help several young people in Kenya get an education and avoid genital cutting and early marriage. I am so proud when these young women are able to graduate from high school, and often get a technical skill or even attend college. 100% of my contributions go to the girls!!

The organization is run by volunteers and all my contributions go to the people I want to help. It makes me so happy to be able to make a difference in the world by contributing to the education of children thru African Childrens Haven.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to be impressed with the work of African Childrens Haven in Africa. With a heavy focus on supporting young children in school, girls in high school, lunch programs for students, sex education for adolescents, and more, this organization is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of extremely poor children. The organization's leadership includes individuals who have decades of experience on the ground in Sub Saharan Africa. They have implemented a system that provides oversight of their programs to ensure they are effective and to modify them when necessary. ACH keeps administrative expenses to a minimum without jeopardizing results. Overall, a wonderful organization to support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known African Childrens Haven and its work since its inception. I was fortunate to be able to visit one of the schools it supports in Kenya and was amazed by the commitment of its staff members to the students and the joy and love they projected in their work. The children were learning, receiving nourishing meals, and very happy. African Childrens Haven is extremely good at choosing the local groups it supports and therefore ensuring that children truly benefit. I also have been impressed with the organization's commitment to helping African high school girls interested in the sciences go to school. African Childrens Haven's support of poor kids, primarily through education, is changing lives and creating better futures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Yo apoyo a Africa Children Haven por que reconozco que la educación es esencial en la vida de las personas. También se que solo con educación tendremos progreso y sociedades mas justas. Con proyectos como Africa Children Haven ayudaremos a mejorar la vida de muchas mujeres en Kenia y Tanzania, permitiéndoles educación, mayores oportunidades y así lograr un futuro mejor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Permit me to commence this review by resoundingly and unequivocally stating that ACH merits a FIVE STAR RATING!!! Their noble work of uncomprising commitment to the education of the youth in Africa is most admirable and noteworthy. Moreover, since their inception, they have remained true to their mission statement and with unwavering dedication have pursued diligently their commendable mission. There is no greater gift than to educate a human being. The impact of such an act will reverberate and touch generations to come. Bravo to this dedicated and highly laudable organization. May their enobling work continue to touch untold many. -- Kamran Mashayekh, Houston, TX

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Starkid school & Rescue centre in Nairobi - Kenya (Africa) has no words to describe the enormous support from African Children Haven ever since 2014.

Our population is 245children to date. Among these children 87 children live in the school shelter(42 boys & 45 girls). The shelter children are 6-19 years.

These children have been rescued from child abuse, child labour, early marriages, early pregnancy, drugs, mistreatment, torture and violence.

These children need love, protection, clothes and other needs inorder to persue their dreams and change their future. Being poverty stricken with some children having no parents, this dream would definitely be aborted. Our slum would in turn be more insecure and more violent!

This is where ACH has been like that cement/ building block between the children and their dreams! ACH has supported the Centre with feeding, teaching materials and equipment, facilities, infastructure and running costs among many others!

Recently, we have started computer program courtesy of ACH! They are working to ensure that we have enough hopefully by next year.

We would like to acknowledge this huge support which has kept the children off the streets, given them a shelter and education to make them better persons.

Lastly i would like to appeal to all people of good will to support ACH. They have vowed to fundraise,so as to help our Centre to relocate to a more secure place to avoid closure. This would help protect the children from going back to where they had been rescued from.

What else can i say, ACH is only a click of a button and you are assured of their help!! 5stars for them!


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Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time supporter and donor to African Childrens' Haven, I became aware of the need and interested in the work that is being done to support the growth and education of young women and children of Africa. Having personally met some of the individuals involved and associated with this organization, I know they are extremely passionate and totally committed to educating and nurturing the body and soul of these individuals. I know with the help received from African Childrens' Haven many are learning to create a safe and healthy environment in which to raise their children. This alone will have a profound affect on their community now and for many generations to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a longtime donor to children's-related charities I have found that the biggest impact is by grassroots organizations that have multi-year engagement with the children. Be it housing and educating orphan girls in Tanzania, providing education in the slums of Nairobi, or protecting girls from genital mutilation, a donation goes a very long way. African Childrens Haven provides a vital service to concerned donors by finding, evaluating, funding, and monitoring such organizations in Africa. They ensure that the donor's dollar is wisely spent and having a meaningful and lasting impact on the child's life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a contributor to this group because they are making a real difference to the children in Africa. They carefully research groups they contribute to, including site visits, to make sure the money is going to the people who need the help as efficiently as possible. They try their best to pick organizations that are or stand a good chance of being self-sustaining. This group has the right approach to make a real difference in the lives of real people who appreciate their opportunity.