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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

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For many years we have collaborated with African Childrens Haven. It is a great idea organization! The founders Linda and Edward Sulzberger are very committed in their mission to help the poor in Africa. Since the founders themselves lived in Africa, they understand the culture and needs and difficulties the poor are facing. Linda and Ed are easy to work with, full of good ideas and initiatives. A whole group of amazing people from all walks of life , dedicated professionals ,support them as members and board members. As an organization ACH is totally transparent and every Dollar is accounted for.
Ines Sudra, vice-chair

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been collaborating through our Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust with African Children Haven (ACH) for several years in assisting four very poor schools (one with the orphanage) in Nairobi slums. Assistance included,among others, the support of feeding programs, improvement of equipment and facilities, support of salaries and basic benefits for teachers, and provision of textbooks and of learning supplies.
ACH has proven to be the most effective, responsive, caring and forward-looking of our partners. We also very much agree with their emphasis of focusing on the "enabling assistance" helping the beneficiary organizations to move towards maximum possible levels independent sustainability. We very much enjoy working with the ACH and look forward to further expanding of our collaboration in the coming years.
Dr. Tomasz Sudra, Chair, Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an expatriate living in Nairobi, Kenya for the past 16 years, I've been both privileged and proud to see first hand the impact of African Childrens Haven, especially its efforts to provide educational opportunities in the slums of Nairobi. It is difficult to capture in words the huge difference that ACH is making in the lives of hundreds of young people who otherwise would grow up with little or no hope for a better future. But when you see these kids, when you see the wonder in their eyes and hear the enthusiasm bursting from the classrooms, you feel their excitement and optimism, and you can't help but become excited and optimistic yourself. ACH is a truly wonderful and extremely well managed organization, which is something of a rarity in the world of non-profits these days. In my professional life, I've worked with a large number of non-profits, but few that embody the kind of passion that drives ACH or have the kind of long-term impacts they are achieving. They are changing the futures of African youngsters by instilling hope, optimism and a strong sense of self-worth. These children are the future of Kenya and of Africa more broadly; all they need is the chance to learn. ACH gives them that chance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have lived and worked in Africa for nearly 15 years in the area of agriculture and community development. In that time, I've supported the efforts of a number of organizations purportedly engaged in activities aimed at bettering the lives of the poor, and especially children. A common experience with all these organizations, save one, has been that when the project ended and/or funds dried up, there was not much of a legacy left behind to perpetuate the benefits of the organizations' activities. I believe that a primary reason for this is that most such activities comprise external interventions that, however well meaning they may be, lack the organic community-level genesis needed to ensure sustainability.

African Children's Haven is markedly different in that it is dedicated to supporting local, community-based initiatives that are begun by concerned individuals and groups who, because they live there, are in it for the long haul. Through such community-based efforts, ACH is building sustainable educational opportunities for children and orphans coping with the terror imposed by severe poverty. A bedrock principle of ACH is that the future of Africa truly does rest in the small hands of its children, often those with few or no socioeconomic advantages and little hope for happy and productive lives. ACH thus targets its efforts in support of locally developed and locally led initiatives aimed precisely at opening doors for disadvantaged children, creating opportunities and hope where none existed before.

This is what makes African Children's Haven special to me personally, what sets it apart from other organizations attempting to do similar work, and what will enable it to succeed over the long term, while others come and go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Phylis Nasubo Maging, Managing Director of The ABCs of Sex Education, an NGO based in Kenya. We work very well with African Childrens Haven. They have sponsored our teaching of sex education to the vulnerable children of 12 years and above in one of the biggest slums in Kenya, called Mathare. These are children who seriously need this education given their situations and conditions they live and grow up in. African Childrens Haven sponsors , under the wonderful leadership of Ed and Linda, do a great job of ensuring that we get funds to facilitate many of these teachings to many counties in our Country Kenya. For this we are ever grateful.

Thanks African Childrens Haven.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Walking with Africa Children's Haven for the last seven year have been such a rewarding life. I have seen young girls from their 1st year in Secondary school to certified nurses, University/college girls maturing into professional women. ACH through the Carol Cole Scholars program has supported these girls to build on their dreams by paying for their school fees and living allowances as well as facilitating their mentoring program. The young girls are self aware and confident raising their Emotional Intelligence , which is instrumental for a happy and successful life. As a mentor of these girl's it has also been a great learning period for me. I now see the great value in giving purposeful support that imparts on social and economic independence. I do hope ACH will get more resources to touch the lives of more disadvantaged girls out there and generate more women scientists world all over. Photos: (1)The nine girls in a mentoring session. (2 ) Maria Felix receiving her lap top from ACH and (3) mentor/mentee meeting. Mariana and Aichi

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

African Childrens Haven (ACF) is an exceptional organization. ACTsupports grassroots organizations in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania that help vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in urban slums and rural communities lead healthier, more productive lives. They support education programs for underserved youth with a special focus on orphans and girls. Their work is grounded in a believe that Africa’s future rests with its children and that projects developed and run by local communities produce cost-effective, sustainable long-term results. Their education services and programs include:

Orphans: Nairobi’s urban slums and Kenya’s rural villages, have among the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. ACH supports children affected by the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic. Our programs provide shelter, food, clothing, medical services and education for children in need. We also support life skills training and sex education that bring life-saving information to children and families in the rural communities and urban slums where we work.

Education: To the greatest extent possible, each of our projects focus on education, vocational training and life skills. In addition to providing scholarships, we also support school feeding programs and work to make sure that teachers are paid a living wage and have health insurance for their families.

Gender: Lastly -- but perhaps most importantly -- African Childrens Haven gives highest priority to projects that support girls and mothers. Africa is traditionally male dominated, but that is changing as women rise to positions of influence and as they become empowered to support their families, enter the cash economy, and become community leaders.

I strongly endorse African Children's Haven and would encourage other to support the urgently needed services they are providing.

Donor

Rating: 5

The African Childrens Haven is run by passionate individuals whose focus is to improve the welfare of the most vulnerable members of society through many different projects. Their ambition is commendable and their love for them is contagious, which is why I am proud to support their organization.

Their model of supporting community-based projects and initiatives have seen great progress, and I look forward to seeing their growth.

Dinesh D.

Donor

Rating: 5

African Children Haven has given me a great opportunity in reaching out to the children of Kenya.
Under the guidance & assistance of Linda & Ed Sulzberger, I was able to fulfil my long time desire of an Art Charity 'Draw Your Dreams" by Dinesh Doshi
to provide free crayons & drawing pads for young children in Kenya.
The art program creates a vehicle of imagination, art skills & a potential drive to exceed better in their lives.
It also draws children together to view each other's dreams and discuss a hope of future growth.

Donor

Rating: 5

This year we once again have contributed to African Childrens Haven as it is one of our favorite charities. The project I know the most about that they help fund is "Mission With A Vision". That project is run and managed by local people and is non-denominational. I believe the people in the community know best how to provide for their members. I like that education for young people is a focus.

In the many years that I have contributed to African Childrens Haven, I know my money has been well spent. I have been able to connect with some of the young women that have been able to get an education due to their work, and it has changed their lives and the lives of their families.

This is a great organization, thank you to them for all they do.

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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

American Cildrens Haven is such a wonderful non-profit! I have contributed to the organization for more than 5 years. During that time I have become more aware of the work they do. I especially am amazed by the difference of hey have made in their work with young females. The lives they have changed will continue to make differences in other lives. As a retired educator nothing makes larger changes in the world than all the types of work that ACH does with young women. The best thing about giving to ACH is that the people that work with the organization are so so passionate about this work they do. Passion makes all the difference!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The first time I visited one of the grassroots organizations in Kenya that African Children's Haven supports was 2009! Since then I've had the good fortune to see three more ACH beneficiary organizations in action while working in Kenya. Each of the four truly grassroots organizations, from a K-8 school in Mathare slum to a program helping Masai girls fleeing early marriage and fgm, was founded and continues to be run by charismatic, passionate local Kenyans. ACH not only gives financial support, but also guidance and mentoring when requested. The ACH board has decades of experience in on-the-ground international work themselves, and are uniquely positioned to select and support effective organizations.

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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 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.