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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, International, International Development, Water, Women, Women's Centers

Mission: Just One Africa is a 501(c)3 nonprofit partnering with local leaders in Kenya to create sustainable solutions for orphans and vulnerable children by addressing the clean water crisis and creating hope through care, education, and community development. Access to clean, safe water is a catalyst for change and the first step to elevating communities from of a cycle of sickness and poverty to one of health and hope.

Results: As of January 2017 we have distributed over 3000 water filters to widows, families, schools and orphanages. These filters have brought clean, safe drinking water to over 75,000 people. We have completed a number of school buildings, and have built 3 kitchens to feed children at an orphanage, school and rescue center. We have provided bunk beds, mattresses, bedding, mosquito nets, hundreds of chairs, cups and plates, basic hand tool, a farm plow, built a number of rocket stoves, bought a few pregnant cows, purchased a year’s supply of malaria medicine for an orphanage, purchased a full curriculum for grades k-3 for a new school and installed a solar powered lighting system for an orphanage home to allow the children to do homework after dark. Each time we travel to Kenya, we take with us children's clothes, shoes, and educational materials donated by schools along with sports equipment. We have so much more to do... In November 2015, we drilled our first deep water well! This will provide a reliable source water for a school and rescue center, for hundreds of families in a drought-stricken area of Kenya, irrigation for crops, as well as provide a sustainable source of income for the school and rescue center. Our bracelets for clean water program has been extremely successful. We have an online store where you can purchase beautiful, hand made bracelets, each providing over 200,000 gallons of clean water. Find out more and shop at http://shop.justoneafrica.org.

Target demographics: Orphans, neglected children and street children. Widows who are raising children by themselves. Families who are getting their drinking water from unimproved water sources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provide clean water for 30,000 people

Geographic areas served: Kenya

Programs: Vulnerable Children, Clean Water, Orphan Support, Widow Support, Sustainable Projects and Community Development.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past 13 years I have been involved in the non-profit world and during that time I have seen many good ones, and some not so good. I have been fortunate to find a really great organization in Just One Africa. With my experience of developing, maintaining, and growing non-profits, Just One Africa is right at the top of the list in providing multiple services and support to areas in Kenya, with only 1 paid staff member and many volunteers. It is remarkable at how much Just One Africa is able to accomplish with their funds. In an analysis of their budget, I have found that over 90% of their money and volunteer efforts go directly to programs and services to build better lives for those in Kenya.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the most wonderful opportunity to work with the directors of Just One Africa, Clay and Amy Churchill on their most recent trip to Kenya. What they do is so much more than giving clean water. Working with them, I learned about how much their organization relies on building relationships in the communities they work in. These relationships grow, and open new opportunities to further the cause to not only give filters to clean water, but to inform. In every place they place filters, they also educate the community, explaining why the water is unclean, and how it effects the community, and how they can solve the problem with the water filters. Even listening to Amy explain the raw data she has collected, how communities and families with these water filters no longer have water born disease, was astonishing. I was so moved during this trip. Being able to help support this foundation was a true blessing to myself, and to the community I was helping! As I would hand each person their filter, I watched the gratitude on their face. I know that even though I was helping Just One house, or Just One community, it was reversing a time old issue. I am so grateful for all that Clay and Amy Churchill do, and I am so happy I was able to be part of furthering their mission; to help all the people of Kenya by reaching for Just One!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the experience I had with Just One Africa in Kenya last month. My wife and I led a group from our church to join Just One for two weeks in Kenya. Our church had previously given to some projects of theirs over there and now we had the opportunity to see first hand what we had given to. First off I must say that the Churchill's are an amazing family that truly love people, and through their organization they are doing many great things. I am very impressed with their local partners in Kenya and how they are strategic in what they choose to invest in. Just One is so much more than just water filters! Through local schools, children's homes, and other partners the next generation is being blessed and given greater opportunity and hope for the future. Two of my favorite places we worked at were Lenkai Christian School and Valley Light Children's home. The leadership at these places are wonderful people. Just One has been working with both of these places towards sustainability. We were able to see the water well that my church donated towards a year or so ago as well as bio fuel generation and farming practices that will provide sustainable provision for the kids they serve and the surrounding communities.
Thank you Just One Africa!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just One Africa, Inc. is led by two of the most loving and dedicated people I have ever met, Amy and Clay Churchill. I have seen first hand that their investment, both financial and time spent in Kenya, has deeply impacted the lives of orphan children and families in need; water filters, business training and life skills, with tremendous success. Their commitment to excellence in providing the necessary resources and training for the people who are blessed to be a part of their programs has created a channel by which women can obtain better paying jobs so to help provide for the needs of their families. They use African solutions to help provide tangible answers to real life problems. I strongly recommend the support of Just One Africa.

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Donor

Rating: 4

There are so many organizations doing good work, it's hard to know where to invest. I've worked with Nonprofits all over the world, and I can say with confidence that this is an organization worth investing in. Being on the ground in Kenya helped me see for myself the impact that one person can have by getting involved with Just One Africa.

I'd encourage anyone to go ahead and get involved, and watch what happens when you choose to be a part of this. You'll be glad you did!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first time our school has been involved with Just One Africa. Our students meet with Amy Churchill to bead bracelets which help provide clean water to Kenya, Africa. Amy’s presentation teaches the students about the world, and how they can make a difference. They get a chance to see what they take for granted, and how to help others.

We love Amy, Clay and their family. They do so much for others and shine a light everywhere that they go. This organization is such a great experience for everyone involved. It helps to know that beading one bracelet can help a whole village in Kenya get clean water. We also had a chance to write letters and make friendship bracelets for the kids in Kenya.

May God continue to bless The Churchill’s and their organization, Just One Africa!
Melissa Beverly

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer I spent 10 weeks interning with JOA at Lenkai Christian School, serving as an academic tutor and mentor and helping with water filter distributions and sanitation education throughout Kimana and Kajiado County. I cannot express enough the amazing experience I had, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve among these incredible people. I would repeat last summer in a heartbeat, and I highly recommend that others take this same opportunity that I had if they are passionate about providing clean water to all people and protecting/advocating for orphans and vulnerable children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this club it is such a great experience. It helps to know that beading one braclet can help a whole village in Kenya get clean water. I have been in this club for two years( currently in 7th grade). Last year was so fun because we got to send pen pals to other kids in Kenya and they wrote back. This club is a great experience, it is a little step to start helping the world.

4 Ingrid B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked alongside Just One Africa, as a teacher club sponsor at South Forsyth Middle School for three years. JOA has grown tremendously in the last three years reaching more and more people both in Kenya and here in the states. Educating young and old about Clean Water, and various Sustainability Programs in Kenya has brought the global issues into our classroom. Students here at SFMS play a small part in Just One Africa's mission allowing them the experience of being a "World Changer" through beading bracelets , letter writing, collecting supplies, and speaking. Our students are Making A Difference One Life At A Time!

Thank you Just One Africa for allowing us to walk alongside you in your mission- Ingrid Burnell

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Clay and Amy since they were in grade school where I was their principal!
Finally got to join them on a trip to Kenya this June and see what the impact they are having.
Wow! It is amazing to see what a couple can do when they see the need and determine they can make a difference. One well at a school and orphanage changed so much for that community. They now have their own water, can sell water to the community and can irrigate their crops and grow 4 crops each year when normally only one crop is grown during the rainy season. They also provide all the vegetables for their orphanage and crops to sell in the market to fund their school.
The water filters given to families are having a tremendous impact on health and even saving lives. I have seen the water sources these communities have and clean water is a huge step forward for them.
What a privilege to partner with this effort and know how much they are accomplishing with the funds that are donated.
Gregg Mervich