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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 June 2017 we have distributed over 3400 water filters to widows, families, schools and orphanages. These filters have brought clean, safe drinking water to over 87,000 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 tools, a farm plow, built a number of rocket stoves, bought dairy cows, 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 2016, we completed 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 https://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

50 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always liked non-profits and supporting a cause, but once I met the founders of Just One and heard their passion for giving clean water to remote areas of Kenya where people are dying of water borne illnesses I not only put my money up but I offered my time to go on a trip and see it first hand. That one trip changed my life completely. I went from thinking I knew what I wanted to do, to completely changing my career path to advocate for needs in Kenya. My heart was transformed by the little lives I met at an orphanage there and I found myself and my family growing to hold these children in our hearts and prayers. Without Just One, our house would not be filled with pictures of Kenyans that we pray over daily and while we would have more money that we didn't donate and have more time we didn't volunteer, we would be empty of this new adventure that has changed the whole family. We've seen people's lives change from drinking clean water. We've seen the sick be healed by something we take for granted. We all have clean water in America, so our friends in Africa should too. Just One is changing that and we are honored to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Churchills were kind enough to help us with our volunteer activity for work. He and his wife brought us handcrafted beads to string together to create bracelets and necklaces. The story behind how the beads were created by the families we are helping in Africa was amazing. Also, the presentation they put together to explain why their organization thrives when it comes to helping those in Africa was great as well.

I can say that this could be a yearly event for my team. Hands down, awesome work and an awesome cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering and was an intern back in 2015 after stumbling upon their website and, by the grace of God, Just One Africa hired me as a Program Manager after graduating. The family behind this nonprofit is about as authentic as you can get. The emphasis on transparency with financials is evident. Just One Africa really does put their mission at the center of all of their decision. Not only do they want to make a difference in Africa, but they create empowerment for the individual here in the United States where that person really does feel like they're making a difference. I love how the organization puts real faces and names with the stories of the impact they're making in communities. I also just love their jewelry! Everything is so beautiful. I cannot wait to get to go to Kenya with them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been privileged to work very closely with the founders of Just One Africa on the ground and also in the US. We are blessed to know them personally, and to witness their commitment to doing all they can to meet needs among the forgotten of this world. Their belief that each life matters and that it is ok to act on behalf of just one human being has been very inspiring to us and to many others in Kenya. It has resulted in the transformation of hundreds of lives in very tangible ways.

As Kenyans acquainted with much need all around us, we can testify to the need for likeminded people to partner with us in our efforts to see lives changed. Clay and Amy, and their family members, are some of the best partners one could ever hope for, both in good as well as in difficult times. From management of funds to unconditional love for those they serve, their diligence and approach to service far exceed expectations.

We hold no reservations of any kind in recommending them, and we are excited to see Just One Africa grow and receive the recognition it deserves. Many larger organisations could learn much from them.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I would want to salute JUST ONE ONE AFRICA for the support in southern Africa specifically LENKAI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.I am the Head teacher of lenkai christian school under the leadership of John Parit and Dorcas Parit who were blessed to know JUST ONE AFRICA through Madam Amy and Clay.My name is GEORGE MUNYAO.The school is found in Kenya in a place known as LOITOKITOK near TANZANIA boarder.

JUST ONE AFRICA has done amazing things in LENKAI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.From the time i joined lenkai as a head teacher many projects have been funded by JUST ONE AFRICA and they have gone along way to improve the livelihood of of the vulnerable children in Lenkai Christian School and the community as well.
These income generating projects are as follows:-
JUST ONE AFRICA was able to construct a multipurpose hall which the school uses as a dining hall,the school also uses it as a church known as Lenkai Christian Church.This church is attended by the children and the members of the community around lenkai christian school.The church has changed the spiritual life of the children,teachers and the community.In the same building we have music room which is used for music lessons in the school since the school values extra curricular activities.The community usually hire the hall for functions, these money goes along way to help the school and the vulnerable children in the rescue center.So its an income generating project.

JUST ONE AFRICA has also sunk a bore hole for the school in Lenkai School compound.There before the bore hole was sunk, we used to have a lot of problems due to lack of water for cooking,farming since in this area there no reliable rains,we also lacked water for children to bath and wash their clothes.We could spent 7,000.00 Kenyan money to buy water in a week but when JUST ONE AFRICA come on board life in Lenkai Christian School has improved tramedously.We now have water flowing to the kitchen,playing ground to water the grass,in the farm where we grow all sorts of greens to support the food budget in the school and HOPE BEYOND TRANSITION CENTER where we have a home for the rescue girls.
The water in the bore hole is sold to the community and the school has piped water to one of the school neighbours who pays at the end of the month.We also sell piped water from the bore hole site since we have an office at the bore hole site.The income gotten from the bore hole goes along way to pay for the power for pumping the water as well as servicing the bore hole itself,this was really a big boost to Lenkai Christian School.The farm provides food we usually sell to buy what we can not be able to plant in the farm like salt,cooking fat and etc.

JUST ONE AFRICA has also been able to fund raise for the construction of a school kitchen which has the facilities for baking and cooking school food.The bakery has modern mixers for mixing the dough for cooking bread,cakes,and various snacks for the school and and the community.Our bigger plan is to sell bread to the community since we now have pastry baker in place.We thank JUST ONE AFRICA because we were able to move from the old kitchen to the new kitchen with tiles and a more specious one.JUST ONE AFRICA bought an oven for baking bread and cakes and a boiler for cooking food for the children both in the day school and in the boarding.

This year the organization was able to fund the school for the construction of the pre-school classes .This is one of the biggest project that JUST ONE AFRICA has done this year.These children are the happiest lot ever in lenkai christian school.They have been having challenges since they have never been in a permanent class for effective learning.JUST ONE AFRICA was able to listen to our cries and the Almighty God was able to provide money to us through them and now our small little angels have a place of their own.As a Head teacher and the CEO in the school i do appreciate JUST ONE AFRICA for this amazing projects.We have also been able to construct the toilets and sinks for the pre-school classes.The compound is fenced and safe for the children.The school now can enroll many children in these levels therefore more income to maintain the section as well as paying the teachers and other workers.

This time round as we were constructing the pre-school classes we also constructed boys dormitory which was also funded by JUST ONE AFRICA.This was a request from the school Head teacher,school Director Madam DORCAS and School Chairman JOHN PARIT.The current boys dormitory is very small so the moment the dormitory is completed the boys will be very happy to be in a spacious dormitory which has external bathrooms and a washing trough.We are who we are today because of what JUST ONE AFRICA has been able to do.

last but not least last year the organization was able to purchase a piece of land for the rescue girls which has a ready house with many rooms and a compound for farming and livestock farming as well.The girls have already occupied the home with the help of our DIRECTOR and CHAIRMAN the chairman.Now the girls have a place they can call home when the school close after every semester.The girls frequently have programs of counseling and capacity building them in many ways.The management at hope has put the systems and structure in place to make sure that the center is running smoothly.

Both the School and the Center have been fenced well and there is sound security during the day and at night.This has been possible because of the JUST ONE AFRICA ORGANIZATION.

The school has also benefited with supplies of teaching materials and learning aids for the effective teaching of the children.These supplies have always come through Madam Amy,Clay and Fowler.Fowler has been of great help as well in capacity building the teachers
and the entire staff.

We Lenkai Christian School would like to thank JUST ONE AFRICA for making us able to forge ahead because we have been empowered and we have the required facilities to be self reliant and support the community and their children.I know the vision of JUST ONE AFRICA is to make sure that we become the change we want to SEE.We have no better words to use but we just praying for God to bless you abundantly and provide to you to change the lives of children and communities in AFRICA .Live long !!!!!Live long JUST ONE AFRICA.

Read Philippians 1:6 which says and so am sure that God who began this good work in you
will carry it on until it is finished on the day of Christ Jesus.AMEN.

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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

5 Karin21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I began volunteering with Just One and it has been a truly amazing experience. I've been able to make a difference in the lives of people in Africa, as well as my own community. They are super easy and fun to work with as I'm able to bring items home and also attend events to support this wonderful philanthropy. In addition, this organization encourages children to volunteer and it has also been an enriching experience for my daughter. Visit their website and become involved in making lives better!!!

5 Katie152

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I had the pleasure of interning with this amazing non-profit, and wow what a humbling and awesome experience it was. This team works straight from the heart and with loads of passion for making the world a better place! Working with this wonderful team will restore your faith in humanity and make you feel like you are making a difference! I love this amazing non-profit, everything they stand for, and the excellent work they do in the lives of others! Definitely, definitely recommend!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just One Africa, Inc. changed the way our students thought about the world in general and more specifically overall. The presentation delivered by Amy and Clay Churchill provided a window into what was happening outside of Atlanta, GA. It also had us questioning the things we took for granted, such as clean water, education and electricity.

Writing letters to the orphans also made us question what was important and humane. This Impact Project caused many students to weep, question out loud and thank God for all the things he had given them, but also wonder what could they do to make a difference.

May God continue to bless the Churchill’s and Just One Africa, Inc.

You truly make a difference and we need you to survive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT nonprofit that has done an incredible amount of good in the world, especially in light of their relatively small size. The people who lead Just One Africa are passionate, dedicated, and smart. They use resources effectively and are careful to make sure their impact is sustainable. When I give to them, I'm confident that my money will be used to improve peoples' lives in Kenya and empower local communities.

5 Wendy116

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys are truly amazing! They give of their time, talents and resources. They are also very diligent to make sure all funds are used to their maximum potential. highly recommend!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve with Just One Africa. It's a great ministry for where kids and parents can serve together and it has led to many great discussions with our girls. We love that Just One Africa makes it so easy to help and clearly shows how our time or monetary donations are helping. We have bought many bracelets and have told tons of friends and family about them as well.

Wendy P