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Connect Africa Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is able to significantly help many impoverished people improve their lives and the lives of people in their community and it is able to do this very efficiently!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Connect Africa is driven by passion and purpose and completely guided by the needs/wants of the local community. I'm inspired to support Connect Africa year after year based on the benefits it delivers to women, children and communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lynn Auerbach is a member of my long-running book group. She meets with us whenever she's able to be in the U.S. Lynn explained to us long ago that one of her dreams in life was working for the betterment of people in Africa. We have seen her carry this out by creating jobs for women, sending children to school, and helping "her" village in so many ways. Lynn and Charles are people who care honestly and passionately for those they work with. Being able to help her in a small way has been very satisfying to me and my husband. We know that the money is being used effectively for good. We have complete trust in Lynn and Charles as overseers of the use of the funds.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Connect Africa from a friend about 5 years ago and have made a 4 figure contribution every year since for the following reasons:

1. CA is focused on a limited number of achievable objectives--its small staff has the knowledge and expertise to directly carry out these objectives on site without any layers and very little overhead.

2. CA communicates efficiently with its donors about its achievements without overdoing it or repeating itself. The information is concrete and credible and the successes are linked to the goals and synergistic for families that often participate in several ways.

I encourage other donors and volunteers to support Connect Africa in whatever way you can. You will not likely be disappointed.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a terrific organization started by one woman determined to make a difference to the lives of young people in a remote village in Uganda by providing them with access to education. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide direct support to individual students through Lynn's wonderful program.

Nathan A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had known of this amazing organization for many years from Lynn coming to my church and giving her annual presentation of the children and families she supports in Uganda. These presentations inspired me and motivated me to make a difference of my own. At the time I was in Boy Scouts and was working my way to becoming an Eagle Scout but needed an idea to conduct an Eagle Scout Service Project. After Lynn's presentation that year I was talking to her about Boy Scouts and I realized that helping Connect Africa and those amazing families in Uganda would be the perfect project! Lynn was ecstatic about the idea and the next thing I know, I am presenting the proposal of gathering boarding and school supplies for the children in Uganda to the board of the Boy Scouts of America and they tell me that this was one of the best projects they had heard of in a long time! By the end of my project I had spread the word of this amazing organization across about 50 different businesses and gathered over 5,000 different items from shirts and bedding to calculators to send to Uganda for these children to go to school and get the education they deserve. I am very proud to have helped this organization and those children the way that I did and I hope that I also inspired others to realize that they can make a difference too!

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have known Connect Africa for 8 years and have seen the work that they do personally. I am based in Kampala for more than 4 years, and have met many of the students that they have supported through school. It is exciting to see some of the youngest students on their way to graduating "high school" and moving on to attend University. The dedication of the Connect Africa team to the students and families is genuine! They are involved in their lives and not just a source of funding for school fees and loans. Thank you for the work that you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a pediatrician and spent 10 days visiting Uganda and Connect Africa. Connect Africa works with families affected by the AIDS epidemic by supporting the children so they can go to school, offering micro loans so women and men can start a small business, teaching English and life skills to children and adults to help them improve their situation . It is a very inspiring program. The children and women I met were engaged, inquisitive, sincere, respectful and filled with hope for their future and for their country. Children are our hope and Connect Africa is working hard to open up minds and opportunities for children and their families. Education is most often the ladder to help children and families climb out of poverty and improve their lot. Connect Africa is actively and intimately working with children, families and schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is incredible how much this small organization has accomplished! I am very proud to be sponsoring one of the students through her high school years. She writes a long personal letter, every year, explaining her studies and her hopes for the future, which is to become a woman doctor. She wants to give back, to help others as she herself has been helped! I am certain that my donating to this organization is worth every penny which will grow and multiply into a much higher yield for the future of Uganda. Thanks to Lynn and Charles's undying hard work and unfailing belief in their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Connect-Africa for some years now and ultimately decided to become a donor to this remarkably effective, life-changing organization.

Connect-Africa (CAF) works in Uganda with the children of parents who have died of AIDS, as well as their caregivers, often grandmothers. CAF provides educational sponsorships so children eager to learn can go to school and obtain the education necessary for a bright future. In addition, CAF provides “micro-loans” to industrious people (often grandmothers) who just need seed money to start a business.

Lynn Auerbach is the founder of Connect-Africa, and her enthusiasm is backed up by incredible results. She lives in the Ugandan village for 6 months of the year, ensuring that donation dollars translate into education for children, and that the children get the supplies and support to succeed in school. She also oversees the micro-loans, screening candidates for the loans and overseeing their administration. The majority of loans are paid back, after the recipients have gotten their businesses off the ground. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to know you’ve helped significantly raise the standard of living for so many families. As a result receiving micro-loans from CAF, small businesses can thrive and their owners can become self-sufficient. Lynn gets to know the children, the grandmothers, and the business-owners. She deeply cares about them and provides practical ways for them to improve their lives. It’s really an amazingly well-run, successful organization.

Gabriela D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lynn is a great inspiration and all her hard work is shown in this organization! It's a fabulous organization and I am excited to see more about it and how it will keep improving !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The impact of CAF to the Ugandan community can best be illustrated by Burhan a young man orphaned at an early age, with neither an education nor skills, yet tasked with providing for his family made up of his siblings and his helpless mother. I met him as a struggling footballer in a youth academy where i worked as a social worker, but the daily demands of his family could not let him further his footballing dream. He therefore sought greener pastures in the neighbouring war-torn southern Sudan, where he sustained bullet wounds that not only threatened his life but the livelihood of his family-since he was the breadwinner.

However, the compassion, empathy and determination of Lynn and Charles the founders of CAF restored smiles on their faces. Not only were hospital bills catered for, but with the help of Lynn and Charles, Burhan was offered training, like many in his community start up availed with which he started a motor cycle transport business (boda boda).

On my last encounter with him, he talked of bigger dreams-a sharp contrast from the individual i met a few years ago.

Transforming other peoples lives is a higher calling,that a few individuals can live up to, but people like Lynn are an exception and therefore deserve all the financial donations so that they can continue to support orphaned children, widows and the disadvantaged people in the communities where Connect Africa operates.

Donor

Rating: 5

Quite simply, Connect Africa saves lives. Lynn, the founder of Connect Africa, saw the need to change the course of the lives of Ugandan children whose parents, affected by HIV and other problems, couldn't take care for them adequately. Connect Africa stepped in to fill the educational gap so that these kids would have a viable future. As a donor, I continue to be so impressed with the dedication and determination of Lynn, an American and her co-director Charles, a Ugandan to ensure that the children serviced by Connect Africa are cared for emotionally, physically as well as educationally. In addition, it has reached out to adults by providing micro loans with a near 100% success rate in loan payback. I see Charles and Lynn as extraordinary leaders and visionaries. My support of Connect Africa continues as it makes such a huge positive impact in the lives of Ugandans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working directly with Lynn, the co-founder of Connect Africa, for the last 6 years. I am a 6th grade teacher and each year my students complete an interdisciplinary project on Africa in which they study the geography, history, economy, wildlife, influential people, and current issues of a specific African country. An extension of the project is the outreach we do with CAF. The students and our community donate money and goods to sponsor a student to go to school. In doing so, we have been able to support a student to continue and almost finish his educational career. The donated items go to other participants in the program in need of these educational and household supplies. My relationship and partnership with Lynn is very important and I hope to continue it for a long time to come.

Deborah57

Donor

Rating: 5

It's very difficult to know which organizations use donations most effectively; so much money typically gets gobbled up with overhead expenses, inefficiency or downright corruption. I love donating to Connect Africa for many reasons, not the least of which is that I know practically every penny goes to the families in Uganda. Lynn lives there for 6 months of each year, and personally directs every aspect of the operation. She is also terrific at keeping donors informed about what's happening. A very worthy cause, run by an exceptional woman!