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Challenge Africa

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Causes: AIDS, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Foster Care, Health, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

Mission: We support people out of poverty, one village at a time, ensuring communities become self-supporting, resilient and able to care for their most vulnerable.

Target demographics: Poor rural communities

Geographic areas served: Kenya

Programs: Sustainable businesses like egg farms, which fund teachers and clinics. We also train and educate vulnerable women and children, providing the tools and resources rural communities need to not only survive, but to thrive.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa is the most inspiring charity. All UK staff are volunteers who work hard not only to raise funds and awareness, but also to ensure all of the funds raised go directly to the life-changing projects they run in Kenya. I have seen first hand the work which is done by the team in Kenya and met beneficiaries who's live have been changed. I have no doubt that all the money donated is being used efficiently and effectively, and i have no hesitations in donating both my time and my money to this wonderful charity.

Donor

Rating: 4

Great charity that helps local communities learn valuable skills, develop methods and challenges the status quo that can help them flourish independently in the long run. Refreshing to hear local accounts of how direct initiatives have improved livelihoods and opportunities for the community (building a chicken farm and selling the produce at the local market being a good example!) Keep up the good work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa invests in income generating businesses so the community can become self-supporting, resilient and able to care for their most vulnerable. In Practice, this means that the income of a poultry house help pay for classes for 40 children between the age of 2 to 6 that would otherwise would have no education, no food and would have to help their parents at work or at home.
We believe that income generating activities should be financed by loans (instead of donations) to achieve a higher sense of ownership. This allowed CA to invest in a permanent building for 300 chicken, that now are 1 year old. This is truly an achievement as few charities reach this stage. Some have even been coming all the way from Tanzania to learn from our success! We also won a government incentive for showing ‘great entrepreneurship’ allowing us to also produce chicken to sell for meat as a result.
you too support CA and it's entrepreneurial way of helping people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where else can you find a charity that dedicate absolutely ALL the money they collect only for the people they want to help?
For me, this is the proof the people behind the charity are really dedicated to help, are selfless when it comes to that, and that their only payment is to see the great work they have done.
I highly recommend you have a look at what they do. And if this is in accordance with your ethos, you can trust them with your heart and participate any way you can/want.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful charity that has managed to remain small and focused so I am certain that everything they raise is spent effectively.

Isabelle T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa is a fantastic charity which helps people help themselves. I feel confident knowing that my donation will entirely reach those who really need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa don't just give help for the physical needs of people but they also give help so that people can help themselves and have dignity too.

Donor

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa is one of the great unsung charities in the UK. With no fanfares or fuss they have been dramatically changing and improving the lives of children and adults in Africa for many years. The variety of initiatives and programs they've introduced, maintained and expanded upon is amazing. The fact that volunteers are constantly ready to offer their time and energy in Africa speaks volumes about the work that the charity does.

Donor

Rating: 5

I gave Challenge Africa a manual sewing machine over 10 years ago, to help them teach teenage prostitutes how to sew and earn safe money to feed their siblings .... now the village not only has a school, a community centre but running water .... this is thanks to the vision of its founder Eleanor... who has no thought for herself and takes no money for herself - all our donations go to Africa. Please support Challenge Africa - all your money goes to the charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic charity who are unique in that 100% of funds go to those in need. They have already changed the lives of many vulnerable people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Challenge Africa in Kenya and in the UK. The team are always responsive and give you a personal experience. It's an amazing small charity run by volunteers, which has huge affects on the ground.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Challenge Africa supports the most vulnerable, often children and women, so they can help themselves. For example it helps grandparents so they can look after their orphaned grandchildren. It provides education and training for girls so they can earn a safe living. It shows children how to grow crops and look after the goat Challenge Africa has given them. It makes every pound raised count and makes a real difference. Keep up the wonderful work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity melts my heart, they have done so much for so many. So inspiring.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a regular fundraiser for Challenge Africa. The team here & in Africa work tireiessly to improve the health and lives of those less fortunate than themselves. Giving up their free and volunteering their skills to the cause. Keep up the good work CA!