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Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Financial Counseling, Human Services, International, International Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development, Youth Development - Business

Mission: The AIDS pandemic has left many women as the sole provider for 8-15 children. Connect Africa works with the villagers who are overlooked by large charitable organizations. We provide sustainable income through start-up business loans and provide education to orphaned children.

Target demographics: children orphaned by AIDS, and their caregivers

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, 57 children were provided educational scholarships. To date 76 businesses have been started with our micro loans; 30 children attend educational enrichment program; 20 individuals derive income from sales of native crafts; 20 women derive income from knitting for an American business.

Geographic areas served: a village in the outskirts of Kampala

Programs: educational scholarships for children, business start up loans for guardians, business support and financial advice, literacy education for adults, children's educational enrichment program covering topics like academics, peer relationships and life skills

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello dear friends and colleges,
My name is Valdete Sokoli, 43 years old, from Pristina, Kosova. I have worked for three years in the Ngo in Fushe Kosova, with communities children. I love working with children, especially with those in need. I also write projects and am studying Psychology... Via internet we have created friendship with international NGO, African and Yemenis... although invited to collaborate with needy children/ Save for the needy, at United Citizens Child Support OrganizationI, Uganda- Kampala andhttps://www.facebook.com/NFDHR , Yemen / , I found no case of go so far. if we get involved with the help of volunteer work in Africa will be very thankful ... I wish good luck and much success in the wonderful work you do ..

Will be waiting after your replying,
best regards,,
Valdete Sokoli

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Connect Africa Foundation for the services it has provided me with like education and discipline. It has also taught me how to be confident when I am with people for the past two years. I joined Connect Africa in 2012 when I was in senior one. To be honest, Connect Africa has changed my life. I pray to the almighty God to keep the connect Africa family very safe and live. Thank you so much for what you have really done for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Rashidah, Connect Africa has done the best that we need, it has done for me many things like paying for me school fees, taking me to the hospital, giving me school requirements, e.g books, pens and pencils. Since I entered Connect Africa in 2008, It has taken care of me. Which helps not to stay at home like other children.

May the spirit of the lord come upon you. thank you connect Africa.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Frank I joined Connect Africa in 2011. What Connect Africa has done for is totally a lot but to mention a few.
Connect Africa has particularly improved upon many lives in many ways.
First and fore most, Connect Africa delivered me from the life of not being educated and being mistreated.
It has helped me to discover my talents and imparting special etiquette in me.
It made me really feel that I can make something of myself and for other people surrounding me.
It gave me good counseling which made me feel as good as a responsible person in the society.
It gave me courage to feel that I am not a social misfit.
Connect Africa made me a successful by uplifting me to better grade.
It inserted God fearing spirit in me which made me successful.
It protected me against child abuse by educating me and many others
I conclusively say that Connect Africa has made me stand for myself and speak something which can be taken as advice from me.


Kayima francis

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am by name Nsangi Daisy I am 16 years old studying at Trinity College Nabbingo. I am so grateful for having joined Connect Africa in 2011. It has paid my school fees, provides with scholastic materials. More so it has enabled me to get new friends with whom we discuss academic matters and our social life so that we live a better life. Many of us can not afford school fees and buying all the necessities but because of Connect Africa, we are able to go to school and learn so that we have a bright future. Through the meetings of my friends in Connect Africa, I have been able to be more disciplined and see how every thing is done in the right way. Thank to Aunt Lynn and Uncle Charles for having started up this organization to help all the children who can not be able to go to school have education for a brighter future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Connect Africa has empowered my education by providing me with school needs, it has really helped me find the way of achieving my goal. What a wonderful organization it is! It has also supported my standards of living because the time since I joined it, I felt a lot of joy and peace. Almost my new life started when I joined this wonderful organization in 2013. Connect Africa has started my new life of living.


By NANSIMBI AGNES

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE Connect Africa for having helped me in my life’s basic needs like education, food and discipline, confidence while speaking to people. For the past four years. God has blessed us so much. I currently go to school at Trinity College Nabbingo and am in S.3. I joined in 2010, before that happened I used to suffer with school fees because I lived with my grandma and she is a low income earner. I was totally poor but now am rich at heart and in the brain because of the knowledge I have acquired. If am to say out everything that Connect Africa has done for me. I might not finish today because it is uncountable. To be honest, my life is changed. Thanks be to Aunt Lynn and Uncle Charles for working tirelessly for the our well being and the donors being exemplary even if they do not know us.

Long live CONNECT AFRICA FOUNDATION UGANDA


KAYIZZI MARTHA

Client Served

Rating: 5

Connect Africa has been there for me in many ways. When I joined in the May 2006. I Nalukwango Sarah was a poor girl. Connect Africa turned my life into gold. It has helped me to pay school fees and scholastic materials, I have learnt how to use a computer, to associate with others where by I have met many people. I have learnt their characters, it has comforted my life, I love Connect Africa because it is my home where life goes well like milk and honey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Nabachwa Brenda Suubi I joined Connect Africa on the 8/august/2009. Connect Africa has done better than good. I have received a lot for example love and care. It has really done the best in changing my life. It has given me a good education, life skills activities, discipline and provision of basic needs. And with time I will achieve my goals with the foundation they have laid for me. The advice from Lynn and Charles has brought me up to be a good person. Meeting with my classmates, it has helped in solving my problems in some subjects. I feel am different from the time I joined Connect Africa

namugala martha

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Martha have been helped since 2012. Connect Africa has paid my school fees. You have disciplined me and I have received a lot of love. It has made my life one that every one would admire. My education improved since I have Aunt Lynn and Uncle Charles. I have my classmates and others to revise with things which give me a headache and give me advise. You did for me what my parents would not do for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just like everyone’s dream in life, my ability to succeed even when I hardly had anything to start with goes far beyond my wishful thinking, when my hopes were dishonored just by the fear I held inside, and that my dream could not be fulfilled. Connect-Africa was my answer.

I am Umar Nsubuga, and am part of a large Connect-Africa family being honored to acquire tuition fees, medical treatment and counseling of which not only enable me acquire quality education and a generous health but as well provide hope that my dreams are yet to come true. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the finest University in my land- Makerere University and all the credit goes only to CONNECT-AFRICA FOUNDATION. Lynn, Charles and everyone out there supporting the “CONNECT-AFRICA FAMILY”, I am so proud to let you know that all your fighting for to help the Ugandan Child is a true genius of the UNSUNG HERO!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with Connect Africa since its inception. Lynn Auerbach had a vision and we, as her Board members, work to help make the program a reality. It's a unique experience working at a grassroots level with a program so geographically distant but yet so personally close. The needs of the children and families are universal. Education is our primary goal, by helping children obtain a quality experience. The Aids epidemic left families bereft, so lending micro loans has helped individuals become self sustaining. The program is hugely successful in these two areas. We are expanding the work all they time. Adult education, a library, and a community center are recent projects. Now we offer a place to visit in Uganda, outside of Kampala, to see first hand the excellent work taking place. Come to Connect Africa and see for yourselves!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member since the inception of Connect Africa when a few of us were invited to Lynn's house, sat on her front porch, and were asked to donate $100 to begin to actualize a vision for an organization that would provide hope, empowerment, and build leadership capacity to a severely underserved area of Uganda. And what an amazing journey it's been. Through providing micro business loans to women, all single care takers, and educational support for student tuition to AIDS' orphaned children, Connect Africa has made a real difference. Recipients of loans have not only had success in starting and maintaining businesses but have given back to their community. The rate of repayment on these loans has been phenomenally high. Older students who've received school tuition have progressed to higher education and have become role models and mentors for our younger students. Rental housing units that were built provide sustainable income to support new loans and tuitions. New projects include building a library and community center. It's been and continues to be an inspiring journey for all of us involved both here in the states and in Uganda.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of Connect Africa since it's founding and feel honored to share in shaping the Connect Africa vision. Even more important is to see the impact on the lives of children and jajas as they imagine a future with advancing educational opportunities, and establish and grow businesses to support families. The vision to develop community resources, a library and to make all investments sustainable is a testament to the commitment of those who live in Uganda, and those who listen and respond to real and perceived needs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board Member of Connect Africa. I have met some of the children that the organisation supports and have seen improvements made to the home of one of the jajas. Their lives change in the way they need- to get the basics-food, shelter, education. Their participation in the micro loans scheme helps kick start entrepreneurial skills that ensure sustainability. Connect Africa is transforming a whole community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently became a board member of Connect Africa but have been fascinated by the work Connect Africa does and the positive impact it has on so many lives for years!! I have been donating to help educate a child named Nalule Doreen since 2006. My son and Doreen write to each other, she has progressed from barely being able to write and now she is finishing her first year of secondary education. Doreen is an orphan and I am so privileged and honored to have her as my daughter. I know where every penny goes in caring for this child as well as the long term goals Connect Africa has for sustainability to ensure the children are never affected in their pursuit of an education and a future. Now I am thrilled to be helping with the greater vision and everyday affairs of such an amazing organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The powerful work that Connect Africa is doing is a tribute to what one woman can do to empower others to change one life, a community and eventually the world. The program started with a simple premise, to live among a community and identify their needs and help the community meets their challenges. It was not imposing some foreign idea but rather the art of listening and listening with love. What a wonderful, wonderful non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

Connect Africa is my favorite place to donate money because the funds go directly to improving the lives of the children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Uganda and their grandparents who are raising them. The money goes to education sponsorships for the children and business loans to the elders. The outcome for these families is tremendous: the children are receiving an education and the elders are creating business, both of which work towards creating a community that is growing towards self-sufficiency. My mother and I are regular donors and the occasional letters we receive from the child or elder we sponsor are heartwarming. Giving to Connect Africa is a fantastic way to make a difference by helping others who are less fortunate. Connect Africa is thriving and growing in controlled and smart ways.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lynn Auerbach's vision and hard work has changed the lives of many children who were orphaned by the AiDS epidemic in Uganda. I know when I donate to Connect Africa, that the money will be used efficiently and effectively to help these children who otherwise would have very sad lives. In addition to providing access to education for the children, community centers built by Connect Africa play an important role in bringing the community together as these families heal from the loss of the parents of so many children. I know that my donation to Connect Africa has a direct and positive effect on a child's life in Africa.

Donor

Rating: 5

We learned of Connect African when Lynn came to visit our school when my daughter (now 14) was 7. She was so inspired by her story of a passion for helping those in Africa that she began doing lemonade stands and other activities to help raise money for CA. Lynn has continued to inspire her and has kept her involved by meeting with her when she is in Massachusetts and having her help her do mailings and other administrative tasks, while continuing to share her experiences and stories. My daughter even began a pen pal relationship with one of Lynn's students in Africa. What a terrific person and a terrific organization.
Abby E, Brookline, MA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learnt of Connect Africa in the early days of it's inception. They are an organisation that has persistently adhered to their principles, changed and continue to change lives daily and best of all, a grassroots organisation driven by love. I am always impressed by their accountability to the community and prudent use of their resources.
Connect Africa is one of the few " real" Not for profits that I know to make a real difference in the lives of the people they serve.