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Engage Now Africa Inc

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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: ENA' s mission is to heal, rescue, and lift our brothers and sisters in Africa. Our goal is to impact the lives of 6 million people by 2022. Our programs are designed to strengthen individuals and families. We employ an asset-based community development model that ask individuals and communities to participate at every level of the projects that will serve them. Healing is the heart of ENA--we provide access to health posts and clinics, medical services and clean water. ENA is committed to the eradication of modern slavery through the rescue and rehabilitation, prosecution, and prevention of those most vulnerable to enslavement. ENA lifts through education, business training and access to financial resources and teaching those most vulnerable to poverty's ill effects.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa has lifted thousands of people especially African women from extreme poverty through their adult literacy program and vocational skills training intervention. The organization is changing lives and making a great impact in vulnerable communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved every bit about this trip. It was organized, helpful and life changing. Everyday was a lesson. I learned new things about myself, other individuals cultures and more. Making a change is all I want to do in life and this organization helped me fill a little hole in my heart. Everyone should go out and make a difference. The part I loved the most was meeting the people in the village. They were so warm hearted and gentle. They made me laugh, we joked, we bonded and I eventually cried when I had to depart from them. Engage Now Africa is a beautiful organization that deserves all the support.

Arefayne M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is one of the best performers in Ethiopia, it has received an Ethiopian Government lot of recognition.

Great organization, great people great results.

1 Abbabulgu A.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa has been one of best performing NGOs in Ethiopia especially in Oromia regional state since 2002. This organization achieved so much that it already surpassed one million beneficiaries out of its projects in Education, Health, Water, Micro Finance and Human Trafficking. I have been working with this organization for the past ten years and I am a personal witness for the organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization, providing literacy education, small business start-up capital, clean water delivered by deep bore hole and hand pump, medical services to child bearing women, sanitation education and help with covid-19 containment. What I particularly like is that they have been in this effort for over 20 years, have a strong backbone of qualified in-country staff and they follow all the rules for operating legally and in full compliance to all local and Federal regulations. They are subject to annual independent audits in each Africa country where they work. Donors may have complete confidence that funds sent to Engage Now Africa will be used appropriately with the least amount of admin overhead. I am a retired CPA and I have visited their operations in Africa 11 times and was delighted with the quality of project management and finance controls and the level of documentation.

2 volunteer29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interacting with Jennifer Hogge and representatives from Engage Now Africa during the 2018 UN - DPI NGO Conference "Working Together: Making A Difference" at UVU. I was very impressed with their passion and enthusiasm and with the scope of projects they manage in Africa. They are also greatly involved with our 2022 UVU International Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals - "Why It Matters".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is an outstanding organization who works very closely with our Academic Institution, Utah Valley University. As the Chief Global Officer, we value their efforts in providing outstanding experiences for our African Diaspora and overall student participation. I highly recommend them for any recognition available to them.

2 krismith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ten years ago, I went on an expedition that changed my life and still remains as impactful today as it was the day I returned. I had just graduated college and I wanted to experience life outside myself. I was introduced to the nonprofit Engage Now Africa and knew that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to be submersed into a new culture while providing aide and education.

While in Ethiopia, I had the opportunity to serve the community by establishing a school in a rural village. Each day a bus would drive a group of volunteers from ENA to a small village outside Debre Zeit. In the village I would paint, build desks, sand wood surfaces, implement a “bathroom”, teach instructional lessons, bring supplies, and my favorite thing, paint the fingernails of female villagers. It didn’t take long before I acknowledged all the blessings and luxuries I had in America. The poverty and lack of resources was truly heart wrenching at times. However, even in the most impacted and adverse areas, Ethiopians were still the happiest people with the greatest sense of humility.

As I reflect on my experience, I am so humbled by the insight it brought me in regards to poverty and to have been shown how to build up a community while also showing cultural humility.

I love Engage Now Africa and will always be grateful to you for allowing me to a part of your mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Engage Now Africa from its beginning. I do not have enough words to express my committed love and respect for this humanitarian organization. In small villages we have literally provided relief and comfort to thousands of people in need of our help and attention. Our projects and our accomplishments within these villages have included providing clean and sanitary water, developing drip irrigation gardens, installing smokeless stoves, building latrines, building schools, initiating classroom instruction, and with doctors and other health professionals we have provided medical, eyesight and dental assistance to those in need. I never want my involvement with Engage Now Africa to end…..Thank You Engage Now Africa!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many wonderful things I could say about this organization! I've been volunteering with them since 2005 and have had the opportunity to visit Ethiopia many times over. Their programs are phenomenal and have made such an impact! Literacy, microcredit, schools, health posts, the list of their work goes on and on. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and love!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is an amazing organization. I have traveled with the foundation on 15 separate trips to participate in service work through organized programs. The US staff is passionate and committed to serving. The Ethiopian staff I have had the pleasure of working with are hardworking, kind and devoted. They work diligently to help fill the needs of those in need in their communities. It is always an honor and a privilege to join them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jennifer Hogge-Ellsworth at Engage Now Africa for many months to connect high school students to ENA's mission and help to raise funds and awareness. The breadth of this work is immense and the accountability measures are in place for people to see exactly where their funds make an impact. Our students have learned so much from ENA about the pressing issues facing these villages and they are inspired to teach others in our Silicon Valley community. We look forward to our continued collaboration with this high-quality organization.
~Christina Owen, Get Involved Foundation
Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The incredible work that Engage Now Africa focuses on to educate and prepare young and aspiring leaders in Ghana is tremendous and exactly what is needed in this troubling world. I have a deep respect for the individuals who direct this organization and am especially impressed with the fact that they are hands on, principle centered and impact driven.
Continued Success!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ENA has a great anti human trafficking program. Their prevention education is so important for African communities that need alerted to the potential danger. We are happy to partner with such a great nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non profit works the way that non profits should. Their focus is on creating a lasting difference through education and infrastructure. Many groups come in and provide temporary assistance, but the effects are only temporary. The impact of the schools, water wells, and maternity clinics will last long after ENA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I love this organization and have donated and will continue. We believe that lifting others out of poverty is the key to removing so many disheartening problems this world faces, and this cannot be achieved just by throwing money at the problem. We have seen that this organization has had continual support from staff and volunteers, providing remarkable outcomes. Thank you for honoring our donations and helping the vulnerable that need help the most. Keep up the great work!!!

1 Stephen A.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa engages with communities in multiple locations in sub-Saharan Africa to make real change and therefore have a real impact. They combine effective programs, meaningful community relations, and a commitment to improving lives. Their focus on increasing capacity means that they invest in people so that they can become more self-reliant and can pay it forward to others. ENA is a terrific organization making the world a better place for many!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have first-hand experience working on the ground with the Engage Now Africa team. They are a quality team are very adept in their knowledge and understanding of community work. I recommend them highly - both as project partners and as recipient of donor funds.

Lance E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent organization focused on long-term solutions and not temporary bandaids. The communities they help are helped for generations and not days.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Engage now Africa has been a back bone in helping women with necessary skills to create businesses for themselves. I have seen their empowerment in poor communities and the less privileged

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever indebted to Engage Now Africa for their significant role played in my life especially at a point in life where all hopes were lost. Right after Senior High School, I stayed home for three (3) good years though I tried all my best to be in the University. During those three years of my stay at home, I had admissions from different Universities but it was unfortunate that I could not honour any of them due to financial insecurity. All of a sudden, upon getting introduced to Engage Now Africa through some friends, the magic happened. Something for which I have been yearning for years got resolved in just a couple of days; my admission was fully paid and all I needed to do was to be on campus for lectures. One can already imagine how happy I was.
Their assistance could not end there. Each year I receive yet additional support from them till I completed my 4-years stay in the University where I got my degree.
It is part of my dreams and aspirations that later in life, my contribution to this organisation will never lack; I must give back to this society and possibly to the larger society. This good work has to continue and may the brains and financial hands behind this great initiative never lack. It is a life transforming program and I sustain it.
Kindly find attached, my graduation photographs together with the education director of ENA.

Thanks.
Unfortunately, the photographs are larger than 3mb and could not be added except one with my wife and child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Engage now Africa is an amazing charity that helps people in poverty become self reliant. I have been extremely motivated and inspired by the people who are a part of this charity!

Jeffery Zanneti N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They helped some women in my community set up businesses and also taught them how to manage their businesses.

Francis K. W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Engage Now Africa have to do with the rate at which lives are touched through adult literacy program in villages across Ghana. I have come to see and feel the miracle of Engage Now Africa adult literacy SLOGAN " NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN". It is true that education is the Key to success.
By: Francis K. Wama

Kwame Andrews D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa has saved many lives by providing support to persons with Albinism and other vulnerable such as women and children.

juniorcarluuu

Client Served

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa have lifted thousands of people in my community from poverty.

In 2007 when I was referred to Engage Now Africa, I was a young adult with blighted expectations about my future. Education was not an option because I had no means to afford it. I was referred to Engage Now Africa and they picked me up and guided me to climb the rungs of the ladder to a safer life and better future. In deed, they calmed my fears and mentored me through various stages of my personal development.

Engage Now Africa have made a tremendous impact in my life. They provided the opportunities that challenged me to pursue education. With their help, I discovered academic abilities that I never knew I had. I excelled in my high school exams and had an admission to study Information Technology at the University of Greenwich. Engage Now Africa supported me by paying my fees and I graduated with first class honors. This provided me the opportunity to work in key positions for two publicly traded organizations. I became self reliant and decided to start a family. I got married and was able to independently support my wife to achieve her Masters degree in Public Health. I became attracted to the Public Health field and decided to pursue a Master of Public Health degree myself. I again graduated in 2019 as one of the top students in my class. As I look back, I realize that none of these would have been possible if Engage Now Africa did not see the vision to help me discover myself.

I have witnessed firsthand how their education project enrolled thousands of people to all levels of schooling. I have seen their micro credit and starting/growing a business project improve family income and impact thousands of people; especially women in hard-to-reach communities.

Engage Now Africa is an NGO extraordinaire. I invite you to support them to reach more people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled with Engage Now Africa to Ethiopia for service projects numerous times. Several of these trips included my teenage daughters. The service projects did exactly what they were advertised to be: we built schools and desks, interacted with the students and members of the community. We got to learn about the microcredit projects with the women in the communities, saw wells and water pumps being built and operating, and learnt about other efforts of ENA within the communities it serves. ENA strives to be fully transparent wih its donors and it strives to work with the communities it serves, consulting with community leaders and members about needs. Technologies used are ones that can be maintained locally to ensure that equipment can be repaired if needed. I have very much enjoyed working with ENA and plan to do so again in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a long time I have been wanting to express my feelings about ENA. I have come across dozens of nonprofit organizations in my life, but very few, if any, come even close to the professionalism and integrity of ENA. The amount of people helped is close to a miracle, let alone the depth of change generated among these helped. I have been on the sidelines of their help and observed closely at their work and service and the only way to describe it is a fantastic and heartwarming organization. Well done ENA...keep up the great work you are doing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization changing lives. Dedicated people who truly care.

Amy Pack S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with Engage Now Africa’s work for a few years now. They do a fantastic job at creating the most impact with the resources they have. Individuals and communities in some of the word’s more vulnerable areas are empowered through the NGO’s efforts. Lives are improved and long-term change brings hope to those they serve.

1 Michael J. Merchant

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have whitnessed first hand the impactful work of ENA. They are lean and effective in reaching those most in need with long-term solutions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been on site and witnessed first-hand the work of ENA in Ethiopia and Ghana. ENA is one of the premier charities serving those in need in poverty stricken regions of Africa. Their programs focus on building healthy self-relianant strong families--which is key to sustainable impact. From their board members to their in-country staff--everyone at ENA serves with compassion for and a deep commitment to the personal growth and development of the people of Africa.

1 Val Scott B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa's mission is to heal, rescue and lift individuals and families in Africa. They stay true to their commitment 100% and change the lives of so many people who need help. I've had the pleasure of hearing so many amazing stories from their US Executive Director, Jennifer Ellsworth, on the priceless work they do to help others. This is definitely a non-profit that deserves recognition and should be an inspiration to all to serve those who need us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An awesome transformation ENA has brought to the young and adults in my community by enrolling the illiterate into adults Education to enable them perform basic calculation and reading. And also supporting the less and brilliant students in furthering their Education.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa, saved my family and I. They took care of me from my first degree to my second degree. They paid the entire fees and I’m now gainfully employed by Ghana Education Service.
They are one of the best NGO’s in the world.
Long live the board of Director’s, long live the Chief Executive Officer , long live Engage Now Africa.
I am Afasi Richard Dzipha
From Ghana Suhum E/R.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are changing the life of people in my village called Mafi kpewu and it environs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the monitoring and education officer for engage now Africa Ghana. This great and heart touching organization deserves the ultimate recommendation for its superb humanitarian activities. Among the many wonderful and caring deeds chalked by this awesome organization, is the recent rescue operation of twenty eight (28) unfortunate trafficked children among many others, trapped under slavery on the Yeji lake - a community in the eastern part of Ghana. The story did not end with just the rescue operation, but continued with the immediate rehabilitation and reintegration of all the children back into their various communities in about eleven districts. Engage now Africa also ensured the enrollment of all the rescued children into the main stream educational program with full educational support. In addition engage is also financially supporting the various care givers of this children in various forms of businesses just to ensure these children enjoy a wonderful childhood and privileges as deserved of any other child. Amazingly , monitoring of the welfare of all children under this awesome initiative by engage now Africa continues until the dreams of these children are realised. Thanks to engage now Africa. They deserve the best.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have personally seen and witnessed a lot of people lifted up and rescued out of poverty and other extreme challenges through Engage Now Africa brilliant programs. All these people will forever be grateful to Engage Now Africa.

Alexander Darlington A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At the most distressing moment when I got admitted to college, Engage Now Africa came in to my aid. I am not sure how events would have turned with them

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Impacts that last for a life time. I highly recommend this non-profit organization.

3 danielalarsen

Donor

Rating: 5

Impact that lasts in the lives of those served! Highly recommend this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The programs offered by this nonprofit truly lift people out of poverty and set them on the road to independence.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is an organization committed to helping the people of Africa. I have been impressed with the level of professionalism and organization of their staff. I am thankful for the generosity of the people involved in this organization as they strive to provide health care, education and healing to those who need it most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ENA is a wonderful organization! I have volunteered with them several times and enjoyed each expedition I participated in. I feel their programs are extremely effective and make a significant long term difference in the lives of those they are helping!

3 Peter E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is doing incredible work to uplift, educate, feed, and truly help millions of people in the countries in Africa where this organization is present. They have been wonderful to work with. We have been motivated to do more good, wherever we are, because of the inspiring efforts we've seen from ENA!

3 Amy Stevens S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization and their cause are very impressive. I have known of them for a few years and recently had the opportunity to meet with their Executive Director, Jennifer. She is an outstanding leader and executor of the mission of ENA. Jennifer's work ethic and compassion is second to none.

4 crgllswrth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great family organization that provides valuable employment for people to invest in their local community through building schools, wells, and medical facilities in villages under served by the broader regional government. The minimal staff here in the US keeps overhead rates low and ensures that the most help possible is getting to areas in need. The kids in the villages are truly happy to have a school so close to go to.

4 Michelle K.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to first hand see the work Engage Now Africa does with so many in need in Ghana. They provide academic education, medical resources, environmental education, and emergency care for so many in need. They lift up communities, families, and children ~ not only through "providing a fish when hungry" but through teaching to fish through life skills. We continue to be wowed by their efforts and those they serve.

3 MoElinzano

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful experience of being an intern with Engage Now Africa (ENA) in charge of social media when I was a graduate student at Brigham Young University (BYU). To begin with, ENA are doing amazing things in various countries in Africa, including helping people obtain an education, providing sources for clean water, and preventing and stopping the terrible and inhumane practices of child slavery and sex trafficking. Secondly, everyone at ENA ardently cares about the work that they're doing and it was great to work with people who are as passionate about solving the social issues in Africa as I am. Finally, I was able to further develop my skills and experience in social media through interning with ENA and so they're not a non-profit that does wonderful work in Africa, but they also develop wonderful leaders here in the United States who want to continue the work of solving social issues both in America and throughout the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization, great people great results. I found out that when you donate, all of your money really goes to the project or cause you would like it to. Great track record. Check them out!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know of no other nonprofit organization that does as much for those in need in Africa than ENA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the work that is being done by ENA in uplifting people in Africa physically, financially and emotionally.

2 Jason M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Engage Now Africa for a number of years. I am grateful for their courage and dedication in pursuing such a difficult and necessary cause. The people who are associated with the organization are some of the most caring and passionate people I know. I would encourage everyone to look at this organization and to support them in their cause.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Engage Now Africa is a uniquely capable partner.

They are capable, honest, straightforward, on-budget, and on-time. Their management integration across head office, in-country office, field team, and beneficiary is seamless. Their focus on performance metrics is powerful.

Will Harvey, Self-Reliance Services

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I occasionally work with a few individuals and know that they work tirelessly and sometimes end up in dangerous positions/situations on behalf of who they care for and the cause they so peacefully proclaim and serve with determination. They care and have such a powerful presence of how they represent themselves no matter what dangerous places or meetings they expect or unexpected travel. They stay strong and will be praying for their safety and favor wherever they end up!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization working to address the most critical needs in Africa!