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Asante Africa Foundation Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Youth Development

Mission: To educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.

Results: As of 2016, Asante Africa has successfully impacted around 360,000 beneficiaries in total. We are talking about 335,000 Youth positively impacted, 12,650 Parents engaged, 11,763 Teachers trained, 393 Schools transformed, and 105 Communities served. In the past 7 years, 8500 of our youth have gone through Youth Livelihoods Training through the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator Program (LEI). In the past 5 years, 9157 girls have been impacted through the Girls' Advancement Program, with 3447 mothers directly participating. And in the past 4 years, 2500 teachers were trained, with 300 taught skills in digital tools for teaching through Learning in the Classroom.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2016 Program Impact for Accelerated learning in classroom 136 teachers trained to use digital tools, for Girls' Advancement program impacted 7,452 girls directly and 32,000 indirectly, and for Leadership and Entrepreneurship incubator (LEI) 6,900+ students trained directly and 60,000+ indirectly.

Geographic areas served: East Africa

Programs: Girl's Advancement Program, Advanced Classroom Learning, and Leadership & Entrepreneur Incubator Program

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Monica12

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Asante Africa Foundation for almost 8 years. I was introduced by Dennis, my Tanzanian friend, who stressed the quality of their approach and the integrity of their leadership. It's pretty compelling when a person who's on the ground says, "Really, they're different. They work with the locals to understand the core of the problem and create results that last." I went from donor to volunteer to board member, because the more I learned about this organization, the more impressed I was. Not only did Dennis's claims of systems thinking prove true, I learned that there's a focus on continuous improvement. We are constantly evaluating our results and refining our approach to make sure we're having the greatest possible impact. The founder's roots in science and innovation play a strong role in fostering a culture that is highly accountable and results driven, as well as forward thinking. It's been particularly affirming to see those who were the cute & sometimes shy children in our early photos pay it forward & grow into leadership positions, becoming the voice for education and leadership in their communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering on the marketing committee, then joined the Board of Directors. That was over 5 years ago. Every step of the way, I've been impressed by the rigor and transparency with which business is conducted, & the devotion to the mission on the part of every volunteer, staff member & director. Nothing is more meaningful than meeting the people in person whose lives we've changed, and who are transforming the world around them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our junior high school son took an interest in Africa after a speaker came to his school to discuss the plight of children in Uganda This was the first time he truly understood that not every child has the chance to go school to learn and play in a safe environment. For the first time, he decided to take action and do what he could to make a difference for other children. Erna Grasz and I worked together early in our career and knew about her work in Africa. We invited her to dinner and her passion and enthusiasm rubbed off on the entire family. Our son and his friends raised over $2000in a few short weeks just by word of mouth throughout his school! We have supported Asante Africa for 10+ years and have seen first hand what can be accomplished through education in a safe and secure. The hallmark of Asante Africa programs is "Pay it Forward." This approach has provided boys and girls with the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to help their communities thrive; and the ability to mentor the younger children in the their villages. As a result of hard work, passion, and commitment Asante Africa has impacted over 300,000 lives in just 10 years. Asante Africa students have mastered technology, become college students and business owners, but more importantly, they have become respected leaders and teachers in their community so that others can also excel.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been working with Asante Africa for a while now and their devotion to their cause and vision is admirable. Every person is 100% dedicated to their role in the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly endorse this amazing organization. I am a new volunteer and donor. On a recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania I had the privilege of meeting some of the students who have been the beneficiaries of this organization and are now acting on the organization's value of ...passing it forward. Having been a professional trainer/consultant/facilitator for nonprofits, internationally, my entire career, I found Asante to be the organization having just what I was looking for so that I would not retire but rather get re-fired. I look forward to partnering with Asante as they endeavor to accomplish their impressive 2020 goals. I have a feeling they will accomplish them and more!

Board Member

Rating: 4

Since 2007, when I knew Asante Africa Foundation, I have never regret to why I decided to join them because, the team in the global are transparent and always do what they promises. Kids who are real needs education has been supported by this organization soo much. I will tell all my friends about this organization whenever I meets any because I believe we can transform the world by educating our kids.

Any one who would like to support this organization please, don't hesitate to do so.

Dennis Lyamuya from Tanzania.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learnt a lot from this organization. Joined it and felt at home and meet so many people who have the aim of transforming lives positively.

Jubin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became part of Asante Africa, in May 2017 as a salesforce admin. Even though my work here don't have a direct impact on the many wonderful projects Asante Africa undertook in African Nations, handling the data and the back work gave me an understanding of the works being done and how its impacting the life of children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my fourth year of volunteering with Asante Africa. The experience I gained from here helped open doors for me to secure a doctoral fellowship. It has been a privilege seeing the organization's and its people's growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation since 2013 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I joined Asante as an HR coordinator and over the three years, I have had opportunities to grow both as a person and as an HR professional. Every time I read stories from the field, I realize how privileged I am to be a part of something that is greater than myself.
I wish the entire team at Asante the very best in working towards the mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with amazing leader! Awesome volunteers to work with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Asante Africa is a great no profit! I love the dedication of the organization. In April I was in Africa and had the chance to see their work firsthand. It was so inspirational talking to the students and community members about how Asante Africa has changed their lives.

Nupur S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's just the beginning of journey with Asante Africa Foundation and I'm really impressed with the staff/volunteers dedication and commitment towards philanthropy. I am so fortunate to be a part of such an awesome organization.

Nelson Ibm M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation is a great humanitarian organization that is giving hope to children from marginalized regions in East Africa to have access to quality education. Working as SEO volunteer, I realized that Asante Africa Foundation has a selfless, committed and social team willing to help individuals grow as you work with them.
While living in Narok, I encountered several individuals who are beneficiaries of Asante Africa. It is amazing to realize that Asante Africa is in the front-line in impacting positively the next generation through scholarships and Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator (LEI).

Abu H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

By training young learners on basic leadership skills under the girl led clubs, Asante Africa has helped students to improve their self esteem. I have seen my students improve in decision making and learning how to use computer and projector

Donor

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation does essential work to educate the children of East Africa, providing them not only with classroom, but with real-world skills. These skills help girls remain in and complete school, avoiding early marriage and potential abuse. They also educate provide education to boys, including educating them on the importance of girls' education and the autonomy of girls. One of my favorite things about Asante Africa Foundation is that they focus training local teachers in child-centered teaching. They work with local parents, leaders and communities to ensure that the children have the support that they require. Many students supported by Asante Africa Foundation go on to be the first children in the families, and even their communities, to graduate from secondary school and some have gone on the be the first to graduate from college. Education is the key to a world where people do not fear each other, where people can care for themselves and each other, where people understand each other and thus where people can all prosper together and avoid conflict.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an intern from UC Berkeley Extension. This intern is part of program which make me learn more from real world. My position is event planner but I learned a lot of new things. By being an intern in Asante Africa, there is no limit to show my creativity and it’s not only regarding event planner. I also helping marketing to do some videos and digital visual content. All the staffs are friendly and nice. They are willing to help me all the time, especially the CEO. I also learned to care more, not only people who is surrounding me.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Asante Africa Foundation is a "true" non profit focused on making a difference in the life of kids in Africa. Their biggest assets are the student success stories from the field.
What makes volunteering with this organization rewarding is that it's led by people who are not just good leaders but also great mentors. They provide an environment that allows the team to learn and grow.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is great! Transparent and effective. Doing amazing things for the kids in Africa

Hussein

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i was picked by this organization when i had no hope left to join secondary school,i was working already for around two months at the quarry. after that they made me what i am today. i'm able to address the needs of my family and our community at large. its not only Anderson but there are many other young people and families who have been helped and now their social and economic level has increased this is the change we want to future in Africa thank you Asante Africa for changing our lives. my Mother and i are very proud.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation might not be that big of a non-profit (yet), but it’s definitely a lean and mean one. We have a solid foundation in our dynamic CEO, who has a passion for education that is contagious not just with staff but also with the rest of our community.

Validation has come in many different forms lately as the organization approaches its 10th year. One of the core programs that focuses on keeping girls in school has been recognized by no less than the UN for promoting good practices in Africa. And we are seeing more and more inspiring men and women graduating from our programs, doing their thing and being successful. Seeing the fruits of our collective efforts for Africa just drives the team to keep doing what they do.

Personally, one of the best things about Asante Africa Foundation is that it makes it so easy for everyone to give of themselves. I speak from experience! What I get back – from being mentored, to seeing changes happening in our communities in Africa – is something I never got from previous work opportunities. This kind of work really does make the heart happy.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I traveled with Asante Africa Foundation this summer to rural Kenya. I was funding the building of a kindergarten classroom and teachers housing. I was very impressed. This nonprofit is very organized, has great leadership, and doesn't waste a dime. I saw other NGO's driving in owned land cruisers. We took taxi's which are very inexpensive and puts more money into the local economy. I was also impressed with their approach to charity. Every project must be sustainable. No project goes forward without the stakeholder/communities /parents involvement, which includes funding a portion of the project. The communities are involved at every step and own the project. Your donations to Asante Africa will give kids in Eastern Africa a chance to go to school, gain real life skills, and achieve their dreams. Highly recommend this Non-profit as I saw first hand the difference they are making.