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Asante Africa Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 2018, Asante Africa has successfully impacted 518,000+ lives in total. That includes over 427 scholarship students supported, 3,200 Teachers trained, and 101,000 girls impacted. In the past 8 years, our LEI Program has seen over 306,000+ youth empowered. Teachers are using digital tools to do their lesson plans. Students are preparing for their future and supporting other children in the community to attend school. Girls are finding their voices and learning about health and rights.

Target demographics: children, youth and community members

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,316 lives in East Africa

Geographic areas served: East Africa, Kenya & Tanzania

Programs: Girls' Advancement Program, Accelerated Learning in Classroom, and Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education changes lives not only for boys and girls in school, but for the entire community!

Pay if forward with Asante Africa!

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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.

Michael C.10

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've worked with Asante Africa Foundation as an advisor for more than ten years. I've traveled to East Africa in support of the work in country. I can not say enough great things about the impact on lives of the Youth touched by Asante Africa Foundation programs. Watching a young woman, in a very difficult environment, given the opportunity to stay in school - they seize the opportunity and thrive. It's truly transformative for the young people AND their families.

It's important to speak about the high integrity of the organization. The attention to ethics at every step from the CEO to the staff in country to the youth they serve is second to none.

I'm very proud to recommend Asante Africa Foundation to anyone looking for a great non-profit with heart, brains and character.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Asante Africa through our company years ago. I was immediately impressed with the vision and mission of the organization and how Asante has impacted the lives of children in Africa. Our firm has donated funds to Asante and it's been very meaningful to hear how those dollars are used to change lives and make a real impact across the world--there was latrine project we helped fund (girls are particularly disadvantaged by a lack of clean and safe latrines which provide some privacy as this prevents them from attending school during menstruation). To hear how this gift really changed their lives, allowing them to attend school and gain the education they need to succeed and build their future was truly inspiring. Not only does our firm donate to this cause, but I personally donate because I fully support this program and all the Asante does.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked with Erna in numerous occasions and she is just amazing. She is very knowledgeable and such a great leader.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and organization have worked with Asante for more than 10 years. We've had the great fortune of supporting the organization and have also been supported by them. We've heard from speakers and leaders from within the organization and from Africa and have always felt a deeply personal relationship with them and the impact being made. We look forward to many more years of partnering together.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am most passionate about education of young children in the most unprivileged part of the world. I truly believe that helping young children in undeveloped parts of the world get education will solve the biggest fundamental problems we are facing now such as the poverty, war, and human rights. Asante is one of the non-profits with passionate members doing a wonderful job and making a difference in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand, the hardworking and dedicated staff and volunteers associated with this organization. Here in North America, in Kenya and Tanzania this group of wonderfully talented people work tirelessly to create opportunities for better futures for these youth. I have all faith that they are making a big difference and it will only continue to grow.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor with Asante Africa Foundation for over 2 years. I have found it to be an excellent organization, grounded in key philosophical beliefs and amazingly efficient on support of impressive services to young people in rural Tanzania and Kenya. I have had a lifetime of career service to nonprofit organizations and have chosen to give my time to Asante in my retirement years.

Monica12

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Asante Africa Foundation for 8 years as a volunteer, & 7 as a board member. I have so much respect for the work, which is respectful of local expertise and culture, not about "fixing" problems or handouts. It's about empowering youth to be the change they want to see in their world. Our earliest scholars are now graduating from university or starting their own businesses, and paying it forward by sponsoring younger students & continuing to volunteer.
I have sponsored the education of two different students, & recently wrote a blog post about the difference this makes in their lives. https://asanteafrica.org/unscripted-and-unstoppable/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've always been impressed with the organization's focus on results and transparency. Every year they continue to improve their monitoring & evaluation, so they can demonstrate to current & prospective donors the magnitude of the positive impact they're having on the lives of those they serve. Their beneficiaries are also taught to "pay it forward," and we are seeing that they become donors as they matriculate and become producing members of society. I'm extremely proud of the work we do, of the individuals involved in that work, and of the students who carry it forward. They truly are the change agents who are transforming the future for their communities.

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John W.11

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donors for a dozen years, witnessing Asante's impressive leadership and growth. I am most impressed by the huge impact generated for each dollar of donation. The pay-it-forward activities performed by the attendees of LEI , for example, change the lives of thousands of impoverished children, opening the door to achieve higher education and successful careers and lives. I feel honored to be part of this process.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported both a primary school (for 7 years) and a scholarship for girls (for 3 years) in Kenya. The Asante Foundation folks have been great about providing information about each, and their regular checking-in with the students and their families is valuable to keep the students focused and to head off any issues early. Administratively they are really efficient, so that a huge percentage of our contributions go to the students and schools we are targeting. They were also extremely helpful in arranging visits when we were in Nairobi, and I have been impressed with their follow up on every query.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been contributing to Asante Africa for about 10 years. We like knowing they are organized and provide both scholarships and challenges to the students.

We were able to meet the young woman whose school fees we pay. She is smart, hardworking, kind and thoughtful. Anderson, the Asante Africa coordinator in that region accompanied us to the meeting. We were very impressed with the connection he had with our student, and his helping her to make longer term goals. She is very grateful and so are her sister and mother. It’s very rewarding to know we are making a difference in a family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAF is an incredibly well-run organization that places a heavy emphasis on outcome. It uses monitoring and evaluation strategies to measure its effectiveness and adapts its strategies according. It’s community-run model ensures that it’s programs are implemented with cultural sensitivity and local context. 5 stars to AAF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa really understands development efforts by stepping back and allowing local leaders to manage their projects and to set goals for education in rural East Africa! As a nonprofit that is volunteer-based, it is impressive that they are able to provide the kind of support in areas of funding, marketing and communications, and events.

Lauren S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with Asante Africa in Tanzania last summer. It was great to meet the fantastic people on their team and see all the amazing work they are doing. Everyone in the organization is so passionate and really making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. I was lucky enough to see their work in person on my past trip to East Africa. They are making a difference in areas that need it the most.

Sri D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Asante Africa Foundation as a data analyst. It a wonderful experience to work here and see through data the amazing impact Asante Africa Foundation is making!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Asante Africa Foundation (AAF) for the past one year as a Kenyan volunteer working with the US team. It has been quite an incredible opportunity for me. I have learnt a lot and amassed skills such as good communication skills, value of team work and importance of adhering to strict timelines. As an East African, I am humbled by their great cause of ensuring that every child gets quality education and championing the next generation of change agents. It gives me satisfaction being part of this great team that is committed to service and empowering the youth in rural East Africa. The organization comes highly recommended. Thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa is a wonderful organization that is making a strong impact in the lives of youth in East Africa. Everyone in the organization cares deeply about the mission of the organization. Asante Africa continues to touch the lives of so many people by educating and growing new change agents that will make the world a better place.

Mayara Cardoso A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation deserves on my point of view more than 5 stars. A nonprofit that helps youth to get an education and have changed so many lives should be recognized in the whole world. Everyone who works and volunteers at Asante that I know has a beautiful heart and they give all they have to make an impact in so many lives. This nonprofit is an example of how we all have a space in the world to make a little difference if you have a few minutes or a few hours to help your time is valued and appreciated.
I have helped at the last Spring event the "Spring on the Serengeti" and I couldn't be more grateful for being part of. while meeting Albert (alumni of Asante) and getting to know more about his story and how is his life is in Africa was terrific.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization with high energy and efficient team. I donate and will continue to do so for the amazing work they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa is committed to educating youth in East Africa so that they can be confidently prepared for the future. It's gratifying to see their efforts bear fruit through the videos, blog posts and notes from the field. One can tell that the volunteers and staff are really passionate about the mission and committed to improving lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The results speak for themselves. Read the 5 year outcome study on LEI and see for yourself how powerful the program is. https://asanteafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LEI-5YR-outcome-study.docx..pdf

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization to work with. They are extremely passionate about bringing positive change to kids and changing their lives through quality education

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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 have volunteered with Asante Africa for almost ten years - including seeing how powerful their work is in changing lives in Kenya and Tanzania - and it ripples out and forward as the young leaders themselves keep spreading what they are learning

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My experience as a program coordinator- Girls' advancement Program-Asante Africa Foundation has been great empowering young people.Working with Asante Africa Foundation introduce me to new people,taught me about giving back to the community,compassion and provided a continuous learning environment.I had a keen interest on girls and women health and financial empowerment and I am so motivated to work with people who are passionate about cause and motivated by purpose to transform.
Being a product of this investment,one of the causes I really care is education,Which Asante Africa has tackle in a unique model which addresses root cause; Scholarships are key to keep boys and girls in school,the programs provide them with tools and skills to excel in school and outside the classroom,We advance talents by creating a safe learning space,strengthen teachers capacity and providing leadership to address life challenges in their communities. The most interesting thing in this program world is knowledge sharing centered collaboration and partnership which allows innovation locally with a global experience. It's so amazing to have this experience across several different areas embracing diversity and am proud to be part of this remarkable journey.

1 Shirley41

Advisor

Rating: 5

Over the past 9 years, I have been associated with Asante Africa Foundation, as a volunteer, a donor, a staff member, and a board advisor. Within that realm, I have worked in every aspect of the organization. I have seen it grow from its infancy to what it is today-an outstanding non-profit that truly makes a difference in the lives of young people in East Africa. I have also seen firsthand what our educational programs can do to transform the lives of our students, their families and their communities. I am proud of the dedication of our volunteers and staff, both here in the US and in country. Without our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to spend 89% of our budget on our programs. I am proud of the students who have gone through our programs and are now “paying it forward” and transforming the worlds of many more people. Asante Africa Foundation also offers volunteers a great learning opportunity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation is a "Trustworthy" NGO and absolutely committed to make lives of youth better in East Africa. The passion and willingness to work for Girl's advancement, quality education, training youth with leadership and Entrepreneurship skills, is huge in each team member. Their strategies are simple and rewarding. Team goes out in the field, they collaborate and they achieve.
Armina Fareed

1 Josh D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is simply an inspiration. The leadership is passionate and committed to providing the freedom that is education to as many youth in East Africa that would never have had the chance were it not for them.

3 Emmy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an alumni of a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Workshop 2014. Through the LEI, I was able to learn about giving back to the society,communication skills, entrepreneurship skills and Financial Literacy. As my community give back commitment and through the knowledge acquired through Asante Africa, I am currently working with a group known as Full Circle that rehabilitates women in Prostitution in the streets of Nairobi. I have also been able to open a money market account in order to save for my future. Asante Africa is a great organization that is helping youths towards a bright future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation because of my interest in international development and desire to work within the non-profit field. My experience as an intern these last seven months has exceeded all of my expectations. Asante is a small but quickly growing organization and there is plenty of work to do. My tasks shifted from donor outreach to marketing user engagement analysis and beyond.
Almost two months ago however, I was made project manager for a panel discussion regarding the link between girls’ education and a prospering global economy. I was charged with mobilizing the efforts, talents and contacts of a 20-person team. I had never led such a sizeable project before. Under an uncomfortably tight timeline and some serious doubts, the panel was a clear success. Our speakers and panelists rocked the house and our audience, almost 70 in total, was clearly engaged.
This experience gave me the opportunity to excel. It has greatly enhanced my confidence along with my organizational and managerial skills; and it has affirmed my desire to work in the international development field. I have seen what happens when a small and collaborative group gets behind a clear purpose. I believe in Asante’s vision, I believe in their approach and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with this dynamic group. So I say to my team, Asante Sana (Swahili for thank you very much)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for this Oakland-based international non-profit has been a blast thus far. The CEO, Erna and the board's passion for education and entrepreneurial development in Kenya and Tanzania is truly contagious. Asante Africa Foundation is merely the accelerant that supports hundreds of teachers and administrators in East Africa - over 40,000 lives have been impacted and I am excited to be on board for what comes next.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Erna Grasz (my sister-in-law) has been a real delight. Not having any non-profit experience, Erna has made me feel right at home. The passion and drive to succeed resonates within the entire organization. This is a group of very talented individuals from all walks of life. I can't put into words the feelings I get when describing what is going on at Asante Africa Foundation, you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer with Asante for several reasons: as a granddaughter, daughter and sister of teachers, I strongly believe in education for children. I went several times in Africa and could attest of the needs regarding education and the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they can live their potential. And as an HR professional, I wanted to help the Organization and share with them my knowledge and competencies.

What a surprise when I joined the team - so amazing, great, dedicated people! I love working with the AAF team who strongly believe in what they build with always a smile and an awesome working ambiance.
I strongly recommend anyone who wish to be part of a great adventure to come volunteering with AAF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago a woman came to my Rotary Club to talk about her non-profit that was educating kids in Africa. I remember being drawn to her passion and appreciating the logic and determination. That woman was Erna Graz of Asante Africa Foundation. Since that date I have had the opportunity to learn more and more about this organization and the more I've seen the more impressed I've become. Erna attracts very special people to participate in her team and the result is great results. If you are passionate about changing the world for the better, Asante Africa Foundation is a great organization to accomplish that goal.

2 Camille6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have amazing energy. The passion in the room is truly amazing. Working with them is going to be amazing . Everyone one was amazing experience that I will be able to learn from and take with me in my furtherendeavors.

1 Andres3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since my first day volunteering at Asante Africa I felt te amazing energy and wheel to help with the power of team work and collaboration! Fantastic group of people with the same objective: trying to make this world a little better place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yes, we talk about education and the power that has to change the world and that was the first thing that attracted me to want to join Asante Africa's team but the one thing that made me more impressed with Asante's mission is that its work expands beyond the classroom: they impact the whole infrastructure that surrounds it! They work on providing a healthier, safer and warming environment for the students to learn.

You can see the results and the difference in the facilities after Asante has a change to work with them and you can see the kids and how they are happy. That gives a solid base for the teachers to work and for the kids to learn and be eager to be in the classroom as well!

I just love it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer, I did not have expectations for Asante Africa to be anything apart from my previous experiences. However, from the outset, I could tell that it was an organization that not only was deeply committed to its cause, but also extremely professional and methodical in its operations. It has been a joy to work for Asante Africa because you are an integral and involved member of the team. Ultimately, everyone at the organization wants to achieve the same goal, to facilitate access to education, and Asante Africa does an excellent job of achieving its goal while imparting valuable skills to its volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Asante Africa Foundation because of my passionate belief in the power of education. I have stayed - 3 +years - because of AAF's philosophy that is rooted in respect for the communities it serves, empowering talent and local skill building so solutions are identified and owned locally not imposed from the 'west'. It is also a privelege to work with an amazing talented and dedicated group of staff bad volunteers who approach each aspect of AAF with a high level of professionalism. And they are really fun! I am proud to be part of the Assnte team - as a board member and donor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe education is the most important key for success and it is the best way to impact the world and transform lives!

I am very passionate about helping people to improve their life opportunities, and coming from a developing country I know really close the challenges that many kids and teens have to face every day.

I started as an intern last year, and working with an organization like Asante was my dream. After an amazing experience with talented, enthusiastic and knowledgeable people I decided to continue helping kids in Africa as a volunteer. I believe in Asante's mission, this work inspire me and I am so proud to be part of this wonderful team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am super proud to be a part of this organization! Asante Africa is full of talented, dedicated and selfless volunteers who are very willing to give their talent, time & resources for the scholars of the organization. With Asante Africa's focus on the kids education, they are helping the kids build a better future for themselves & for their community. They train the kids in the Leadership Academy to become great leaders and to Pay it Forward to their community.
I believe in Asante Africa's mission, I will continue to support & will forever be a part of this great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud volunteer of Asante Africa! As an African, I was looking for an organization that supports girls and women's empowerment as I know what being empowered has done for me. Asante Africa mission resonates with me as it provides the opportunity for girls to learn in a safe environment and hone leaderships skills. Even better, it also teaches young men to respect and honor the girls in their communities by offering other methods of communication. I have thoroughly enjoyed the people I have met and the challenges we have worked through during my short time with the team. Go Asante Africa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woow ,Woow, dear my names are bongole john an a christian man of Gog in Uganda really am so blessed to see such kind people who had managed to support orphans for the better feature but let me pray for you God to provide great effort so that to manage all needy children over there ,even me am working heard so that i stat taking care of some starting in my big home which i have in Jesus name i really pray for you keep it with you there is a reword for that may the lord bless you indeed.

LEPILALI

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Hi every body!.Last two weeks ago we had youth leadership training in rural primary schools as a part for us to pay it forward. For sure we met with very courageous students most of them wanted to know more about Asante Africa Foundation, we met with several questions heading with HOW? , WHY AND WHEN??.
I tried to answer the question according to my level best and according to my little understanding about AAF,one of the teacher from Naitolya primary school asked me that “WHY ASANTA AFRICA FOUNDATION SUPPORT ONLY EDUCATION SECTOR AND FORGET ABOUT THE PEOPLE SUFFERING FORM HUNGER?? AGAIN WHY THE ASANTE AFRICA FOUNDATION’S FOUNDER LEFT USA WHICH IS HER HOME LAND AND CAME IN AFRICA PARTICULARLY IN TANZANIA??.Those are just the example of the questions that I came across during the workshop. What was amazing in the workshop is the way the students were very active and courageous, I surprised soooo!! Much after asked the students this question “CAN A FEMALE/GIRL BECOME a LEADER??”.
Do you want to know what the students answered??.The students had different thought, all students answered YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, except for the few girls who became neutral. As those few girls loading for the true answer, I poured two more question to them as follows:-
“CAN IGNORANT PEOPLE BECOME GOOD LEADERS???”
“IS ALL TEACHERS LEADERS??”
I got different opinions of which three quarters (3/4) of the answers are “NO” few “YES” and some became neutral. I made a brief explanation upon the questions to them of which at the end, the students discovered that everybody can become a leader not only the male/boy but also a girl, the students understood that all teachers are leaders and even ignorant people can become leaders. Also the students understood the importance of having a dream in life, how to become confidence, being persistence, they learnt small steps toward their dream, importance of leadership in the community not only that but also they discovered that being a leader is not being a head of something, is not being given power to rule others but you can become a leader by the action you take also you can become a leader of yourself. In some school few teachers attended the class and seem that even teachers do not know well about leadership they, supported that the ignorant people ca not become good leaders also they do not know about dream mapping, only in one of the schools the teachers did not show good respond.
Those are just few things that I shared with you but the students learnt more than those.
I can proud that for certain extend the students has got something important and they are as not as before the workshop, they are now confident and they can explain their dream in few sentences, now they know how to overcome the challenges along their ways toward their dream and also they are aware with who a leader is.
For every school there were average of 480 students and only 30students received the training equal to 16.7% I recommend the training to be in the next so as to cover at least 50% of the whole school.
byeeeee!!!!

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2010 is one of the year that i wont forget in my life, you know why??????
It's the time that i met with Asante Africa Foundation while i was the form two student,initially before joining secondary education i engaged my self in selling charcoal as the source of my income simply because i come from the poor pastoral family . After passed the exam i did not joined form one early because the family was financially unfit so i continue to sold charcoal so that to get school fees,i managed to get little amount of money of which i joined form one.
So after met with this nonprofit organization 2010 while i was form two l felt like being lifted from lower ground to upper one also it is like being given a key that let me out of the prison, they pay school fees for me,supply me with personal effects furthermore provided me with leadership academic training.In other words i can say AAF opened doors to my success, made improvement of my academic performance and made my life to have direction.
I'm just the one but AAF brought effects to many communities in Tanzania and Kenya and made life of many youth to have direction.After finished form four i volunteer with the same organization to work as pay it forward.And as i writing now am a form for lever and no more time to join form five.
I can say more about AAF but for long talk find me in 0754503695 or e-mail lepilalin@yahoo.com
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I have recently started volunteering with Asante Africa and I am so impressed! Having lived in East Africa I have seen many organizations such as theirs, but very few with the caliber leadership of Asante Africa. Erna is enthusiastic and inspiring and very good at volunteer management. The organization as whole is good at remaining focused on the end goal and keeping their programs focused on the community and tapping into local resources to ensure they are providing services that are needed and culturally appropriate. Thus far in my experience I would highly recommend Asante Africa.

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I have just started volunteering with Asante Africa. I am pursing graduate studies and as a degree requirement I was looking for a nonprofit to do program evaluation with. Asante Africa staff has been very open and transparent about their work and have given me all the opportunity and time so I can get a better grasp of their projects. Even though I started with the nonprofit as a requirement for my degree, I feel a connect with my personal values and the values imbibed by the staff and the organization. I have also started volunteering on other projects. Their approach in providing access to education for girls in Africa is commendable specially as they leverage local skills and expertise and believe in empowering girls for making it sustainable.

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