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African Orphan Educational Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: African Orphan Educational Foundation supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and impoverished children in Africa at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.

Results: African Orphan Educational Foundation meticulously vetted and cemented long-standing relationships with U.S. mission/aid partners in Uganda, Kenya and Burundi, and secured donor funding to consummate full-year educational sponsorships for 25 orphans and at-risk children in greatest need. The learning spectrum of our sponsored students ranges from pre-primary education to post-secondary school and vocational training. Our recently launched Young Friends of AOEF program offers young adults in the U.S. and Africa leadership training and mentoring opportunities while facilitating youth-centered exchanges across continents and cultures. Proprietary and culturally-relevant programs in various stages of development include those designed to advance the leadership, entrepreneurial, life skills and earning prospects of our students while simultaneously providing job placement guidance and support.

Target demographics: Orphans and disadvantaged youth

Geographic areas served: Africa

Programs: Primary, secondary and post-secondary education, personal development and leadership/mentorship programs

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"The gift of education is the promise of a future. This is AOEF's gift to Africa and why I am involved" -Eno Okpo Volunteering with AOEF has given me the opportunity to invest in Africa's future. Seeing the transformation in the lives of their beneficiaries gives me a sense of hope that Africa is rising, that our children have access to the most important opportunity that guarantees their future. Every donation of time, funds and any other resource to AOEF is an investment that builds a preferred future and changes the narrative positively about Africa.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Orphan Educational Foundation

Everyone involved with this wonderful,
innovative organization are compassionate
in their mission focused on empowering education, providing food and building community for under privileged African children. AOEF ignites hope in their
hearts and cultivates their dreams into reality. Also, AOEF supports U.S. missions and aid agencies that are responsible for managing the operations within the African villages.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was first learned about AOEF, I thought it was a wonderful organization seeking to help disadvantaged people in parts of Africa. What I didn't realize was what an amazing Board they have and the level and quality of Leadership being expressed and delivered to these African youth future leaders. AOEF presents a magnificent Leadership program that helps youth develop solid entrepreneurial skills and actually puts them to use each week throughout the program. Very impressed so far!

1 Kelcie Rebecca R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AOEF is an amazing organization. Everyone involved is so passionate about the organization's mission. They are a great example of an organization who strives everyday to fulfill their purpose!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

AOEF is a fantastic organization doing incredible initiatives to transform the lives of orphans in Africa. Providing dream building, hopes for an impactful future, driven through education. To see the transformation in thinking and to focus orphans on dreaming a better future has been a humbling experience and leaving a legacy of change. This organization is truly making an impactful transformation of the lives of all that are involved in its amazing mission statement.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AOEF is surely a guardian angel to the less privileged in Africa. The journey of picking up the orphans and the less privileged from the dust to another level and finally realesing them into their future and full potential can never be underestimated, adding value to the lives of those that had lost hope. Every single dollar from a compassionate heart can light up a candle in one's world. There is no greater ministry to the world than this. This is what makes a difference in the lives of many. It is what makes me proud being part of this great Organization.
Margret Nalumansi.

1 Debby Butz Montgomery J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AOEF has a vision of changing a child through education and with one educated child you'll change a family and with a family you'll change a community...a country...a world! Not only does AOEF help with daily classroom needs they have a comprehensive plan for the next 10 years. Their dedication to the children goes far beyond pencils and books and incorporates mentors, coaches, and curriculum that will teach and help "level the playing field."

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization is a great example of what people can do when others are in need. The efforts made on the ground for these African Orphans will pay incredible dividends in the future by allowing the development of skills to improve the quality of life for thousands of people. I am proud to be a participant in this wonderful foundation.
Dr. Henry K. Stark

1 Melody W.3

Donor

Rating: 5

The passion and dedication to excellence in achieving these goals for this growing population of children is unmatched. Kathie, the founder is truly an inspiration and is creating a beautiful legacy now and with generations to come!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education is a light for the future which makes African Orphan Educational Foundation a light for Africa.

Kakaire Collines | AOEF Youth Advisory Council | Young Friends of AOEF

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work that this place is doing, I wish more people would get involved and help out the organization, the education that the children are getting from them is phenomenal. I am helping by advertising and a collection box at my store.

1 Nancy A. F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure and honor of watching the birth of this amazing charity, and knowing the heart of Kathie Kreh, its founder. It has been my honor to sponsor a young man in Kenya, and getting to learn about him and the great impact my seemingly small donation is able to have.

There is no doubt that Kathie Kreh and AOEF have the best interests of the children at the heart of their mission, and they are accomplishing that mission magnificently.

1 Dennis R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The African Orphan Education Foundation Is an exceptional non profit organization that inspires anyone, who knows of their mission, to care for African
orphans who need a real opportunity for success. The Foundation's goal is to provide the means for African orphans to get a credible education and have the opportunity to step out of crushing poverty into a productive life. I recommend them to you wholeheartedly and encourage you to consider them for your support as well.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kathie Kreh is a remarkable woman and an inspiration. She founded the African Orphan Educational Foundation to provide resources and education to disadvantaged children who are in greatest need. The importance of her work cannot be overstated: her foundation is helping children in Africa access education, opportunity and advancement to develop into future leaders. As the founder of an educational non-profit myself, I know the vital role education plays in a child's social development and financial success. I encourage those who can to step forward and support this vital lifeline for these precious children.

- Melanie Cabot, Founder, Foundation for Women's Economic Literacy

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I look forward to seeing this excellent organization achieve their dreams and visions for the children of Uganda. Already so many helped in its first year of existence, no question AOEF will grow to become an educational light and means of hope for the children of Africa.

1 Alliance of  Women Executives

Donor

Rating: 5

AOEF supports education and the personal development needs of orphans & impoverished school aged children in Africa. Kathie Kreh, the founder of AOEF, is a dedicated, strong leader with a giving heart. Education can change the entire trajectory of someone’s life – I am proud to support AOEF and encourage others to as well.

1 Josh B.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I think its so cool that you can change the trajectory of a child's life for such a small donation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a humanitarian who will soon be an educator in Africa, I applaud AOEF for providing me opportunities to exercise my passions in serving and advocating for disadvantaged youth striving to attain an education in Africa.

Ballaion Cadet Joram

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a proud sponsor of AOEF, supporting a secondary school student who wants to become a doctor. I appreciate AOEF for caring enough to bring the educational needs of orphans and disadvantaged kids in Africa to the attention of those who might be in a position to help. Rather than recreate the wheel, they work alongside U.S.-based mission and aid agencies who identify the children of greatest need. What a phenomenal operation!

Patty B

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are fortunate to be able to educate our children in the U.S. Not everybody in the world is as fortunate.

When I first heard Kathie Kreh speak about AOEF with hands-on knowledge, passion and commitment, I wanted to learn more. I had always been interested in Africa as I had a friend who lived in Uganda years ago. I asked a couple of questions and listened intently. A nonprofit benefiting African children starting from the ground up? I wasn't so sure...

It didn't take long before I asked to serve on the Board. With huge potential, children's education at the forefront, a leader who sees around barriers and won't utter the words "it can't be done", AOEF is destined for great things.

This is a unique opportunity for many, either financially or volunteering at some level. With Kathie's leadership and a strong team vested in the vision, the road will surely test us, but it will not win. I envision strong and steady growth in the number of children being educated as well as the number of people getting involved with and supporting this charity.

Bonnie Siegfried

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the enthusiasm of this organization. Their mission tugs on my heart strings, it wasn't a hard sale. With AOEF I am confident in how my financial support is being used. Why am I confident? They collaborate with U.S. mission and aid agencies that have been operating in these regions for decades. Katy D.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I lived in Africa for ten years, working for the humanitarian sector. I have therefore an important knowledge of which organization will be successful at helping the people in need in Africa. Some think it's all about ensuring a good flow of funds but it is a lot more than that. It requires a complete and complex understanding of the culture, the system, the people, and the realities there. I give you an example. When I lived in Africa I saw many Western organizations funding wells. Everybody was happy, finally the village had water... Pity that 6 months or a year after the closing of the project, the well broke down. Since the non-profit organization had left by then (and the village didn't have any parts to repair the well) the village was left with no water again. I have seen this happening so many times. That's why I cannot emphasize enough the importance of choosing the right organization when wanting to help Africa.

And that's exactly why I decided to get involved with AOEF. It has the perfect understanding of what needs to be put in place to ensure the success of its projects.

Also, AOEF is led by a group of people who are truly devoted to make a difference in Africa by helping orphans getting an education, a meal, a normal life. It's their life mission and it's mine too.

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KKreh 06/09/2020

Thank you, Sandra, for your kind and thoughtful words. You already know that we embrace those who treasure Africa. And, we certainly treasure you! We are so pleased you reached out and tracked us down when you did. How fortunate we are to have been found by you!! Kathie President/Founder African Orphan Educational Foundation