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Just One Africa, Inc.

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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 March 2018, we have distributed over 4200 water filters to widows, families, schools, and orphanages. These filters have brought clean, safe drinking water to over 105,000 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, handmade 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 and build a school building and dormitories.

Geographic areas served: Kenya

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

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

akguzman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer working behind the scenes with Just One Africa performing various tasks that help keep the momentum of change in motion, it is my delight to see all the amazing changes they are able to make in the lives of SO many. The heart behind Just One Africa and it's founders is that change happen in everyONE's life touched by their presence. No ONE person or ONE life is to be untouched. The process begins in Kenya and touches lives across oceans then ultimately returns back to the communities in Kenya, where it began. The beads from the bead program are hand made buy the widows and young mothers in Kenya, purchased by J1A and brought here to the states where teens in the "I AM One" clubs string the beads and then teams of volunteers and others, finalize the process of turning these beads into beautiful jewelry, ornaments, bookmarks and the like. With every touch to these products, lives are being changed for the better, knowing they are making a difference for someONE. This organization is true to who they say they are. The founders gracefully demonstrate an earthy example of what Jesus asks of us as servants and disciples. To be able to serve with an organization who positively impacts the number of lives that Just One Africa does, is honestly humbling to me! The work they do is awww-inspiring and encouraging to me! Just One Africa provides hope where hope seems impossible and it is done from a true servants HEART!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is FABULOUS! Their heart behind the mission is SO contagious! They love working as the "Hands and Feet" of Christ to bring clean water to remote Africa. They are wonderful to work with and I am proud to promote their non-profit to others. I am One!! You can be too!!

April N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JOA is doing incredible work to change the lives and futures of vulnerable people in Kenya. This group is so professional, organized and thoughtful about everything they do, and is such a joy to work with. It's very clear they care deeply about their mission and those they serve!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of hearing Amy (Director/Co-Founder) speak at an event in my hometown all the way in Minnesota and wow! It's truly incredible how this organization uses so many practical resources to not only help those in multiple communities around Kenya, but to keep building upon them as well. They truly understand the term "sustainable growth" and are demonstrating that in all that they do. From their amazing water filters, to beautiful handcrafted beaded jewelry, to dairy cows, and so much more, this organization knows how build up communities in so many simple, yet innovative ways. Keep up the awesome work Just One Africa!! :D

Jordan M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I interact with hundreds of nonprofits in my job. In all my time working with nonprofits around the world, Just One Africa stands out as a standout, excellent, world class organization of the highest caliber. I've spent time with the founders and their local partners in Kenya, and have seen the impact that each and every gift delivers. Giving to Just One Africa is truly one of the simplest ways you could change someones life.

Benjamin Joel V.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I had the opportunity to have dinner with the founders, Clay and Amy Churchill. When we got to hear their heart and passion for everything happening in Kenya, we were both so moved and wanted to find a way to be a part! We own a small business, and believe in what they're doing so much, we decided we wanted to begin donating a portion of every sale to Just One Africa's clean water campaign, and are so excited to begin sowing into the great work they're doing in Kenya! It's such an honor to be a part of something so impactful. We trust that our finances are not just being given away, but invested into truly sustainable change in the communities they work with. So thankful for the opportunity to meet the founders and be a part of this great cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked on a fundraising campaign for Just One Africa with a gym I belong to. The fundraiser was a huge success in great part due to the level of professionalism and excellence with which Just One Africa operates. Once they received the proceeds of our fundraiser, Amy from Just One Africa traveled to Kenya and immediately put our funds to work, providing water filters for a local community. She sent us us pictures and an update videos on the work they were doing. It was really rewarding to see our gym logo on water filters across the globe, but more than that, to see and hear about the impact of our donations directly from the families in Kenya. I plan to continue partnering with Just One Africa in the years to come.

1 Bill A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter served with Just One for a month in Kenya this summer. Her experience with Just One, the Hope Beyond school, Dorcus and the Churchills was indescribable and life changing. She spent a month working closely with the kids, shadowing the social workers and experiencing life in rural Kenya first hand. The organization is extremely well run. They support the local community and students through the school and water filter distribution. Many of the children they work with have recently left child marriages and have little formal education. Our daughter has already talked about returning to Kenya with Just One.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just One Africa is an AMAZING organization that makes a tremendous difference in Kenya. As a donor, I know the money I give is being used wisely. The organization regularly shares photos and information via social media to keep us informed on projects. I, along with other donors, have also been given the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the Kenyan community leaders the organization works with and have heard directly from them about the work being done there.

In addition to their great work in Kenya, Just One Africa does amazing work in their local community. As a teacher, I sponsor my school's Just One club; I love interacting with the students and Amy Churchill as the students participate in life-changing work. JOA has helped to create these clubs at numerous schools in the area. Furthermore, Mrs. Churchill has been incredibly generous with her time and has come to share about her organization's clean water program with my social studies students for many years now. I am so grateful for this organization and how it helps make learning more meaningful for students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just One Africa does amazing work in Kenya and partners with local leaders in a way that leads to real change in communities. I have gone on several trips with them and can personally attest to their integrity and character both in Kenya and here in Ga. I love what they are doing and how they are changing the world for just one person at a time!

2 Texas22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been connected to Just One Africa for five years and am very impressed with the passion demonstrated by the founders to bring safe, clean water to the Kenyan people. I've had opportunity to travel with them and see up front and personal their genuineness in serving those in need. It's an organization run by people of integrity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found volunteering with Just One Africa to be an amazing life changing experience. I was able to see first hand, what it means that "it's more rewarding to give than to receive". We so easily take for granted here in the USA all the necessities that are at our fingertips on an around the clock basis. Clean water for cooking, hydration, bathing, and general cleaning is a special commodity in African villages and communities. What a unique joy it is to share books and supplies with the children that we brought from donations in the States. Supplying very simple flip-flops puts a sparkling smile on any child's face who has lived their life going barefoot. We were able to participate in a supporting a basic medical clinic with supplies in a rural village in conjunction with their government public health programs, as their is no health insurance available. It was wonderful getting to know teachers, health workers, church leaders, and community leaders who were so appreciative and wanted to know if we would visit again. I will hopefully be going back again and again to be a part of giving the less fortunate a "hand up" in their unique spot in Kenya. Thank you, Just One Africa for your heart and vision!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loving on people IS LIFE! Just One Africa is a place and people you can give to, serve with, and invest in that daily LOVE ON PEOPLE all around the world. Your life will be fuller and your heart enlarged by getting involved. Your dollars, your hour of time, your prayer, your letter to a child, your time spent on the ground in Kenya will change lives forever (including yours!) :) We make time for those who are important to us. Children, widows, and families are the heart of JOA!

I've had the wonderful privilege of seeing first hand the heart and hands behind JOA. This is a family that lives out their mission and are working to build relationships with others who have a heart to give, serve, and make their lives worth something more than just their own. I was able to be a part of a trip to Kenya with JOA to help distribute hundreds of water filters in very remote areas, provide school supplies and teacher development to schools, and spend time with children, women, and families in desperate life circumstances. My heart was broken for the hurt and need of the people I met and saw, but even more, my desire to make a difference and love on those that have seemingly been forgotten or those who are unseen was renewed. It can be easy to forget that so many live in despair and unthinkable circumstances when it's not in front of you on a consistent basis. It is easy to get in "the rut" of my daily schedule and not remember that millions of children are orphaned, starving, and without hope. Their are widows who have lost everything and wonder how to make it to another day. JOA is an amazing organization that MAKES A DIFFERENCE in the lives of people. It is tangible! It is hope! It is love!

Come be a part of making a difference in lives! You will not ever regret the decision to invest in another person's life! Their life will be touched with your love, and your heart will be filled as well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been connected with JustOne for several years, and we continue to be impressed with their commitment to empowering local leaders in various communities in Kenya. By partnering with them, JustOne has been able to help reduce water-borne diseases, educate children, lift up widows, and protect vulnerable groups. It is simply amazing what they have done and continue to do, ‘Just One’ person at a time.

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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.