Just One Africa is truly an amazing organization made up of genuine, dedicated and kind people who work so hard each and every day to help create sustainable lives for the people of Kenya. Working in direct contact with leaders in Kenya, their international organization is comprised of wonderfully welcoming people. True “world changers” themselves, they welcome you into their tribe with open arms.
After a simple call, I could easily glean their dedicated passion, work ethic and warm inclusivity to new members and all those involved alike. Meetings are always so much fun, as their staff is so energetic, caring, funny and kind to all those they meet. They truly understand the needs of others and of those abroad in Kenya, and work their hardest to ensure their aid creates a positive change in the lives of others. A simple call with their members will easily leave you smiling and in a good mood from their warmhearted nature and from knowing the work they are doing is having a direct physical impact in creating sustainable lives for those in Kenya.
This summer, I am so grateful to have had the chance to join the team, and though I’ve only been a part of the organization for a few months, I can genuinely say that if you are interested in the organization by even the slightest means, please contact the staff, donate or get involved in any way possible. They are so sweet and the work they do is incredible, and you will have so much fun as well! An incredibly personable, funny and caring staff, they each- from other volunteers to their founders- have such big hearts, compassion, understanding and consideration for others. Spreading smiles and love in all they do, they are truly incredible people. An organization is defined by its people, and in the family-like tribe of Just One Africa, one feels right at home upon the first call, for their people are genuinely so inspiring, kind, caring and welcoming to all those they meet. If you have the chance to contact or donate to the organization, please do so, as about 85% of their funds are donated directly to the people of Kenya, and the people of the organization, from the volunteers to the founders, are all so incredibly thoughtful, altruistic and simply amazing. (Plus, their shirts and bracelets look and feel incredible!)
In short, they are truly AMAZING & INCREDIBLE world changers!!!
If you would like to learn more about the organization, please feel free to follow their Instagram page: @justoneafrica for the latest news and updates on the organization, or follow their Facebook group at Just One Africa! Feel free to join today or spread the word to those you know!! :)
I have been connected to this non-profit for the past eight years and can say nothing but positive about the integrity of the organization, it's passion to help others in a constructive, dignified, and meaningful way. The heart beat of this organization has not waned in its purposes and focus. I'm proud to be a part of such an excellent non-profit!!!
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!
I have had the privilege of volunteering for Just One Africa for the past six years. Their dedication to their cause is praiseworthy. In June of 2019, I traveled to Kenya with J1A for the experience of a lifetime! I was able to witness and participate in their work first hand. We distributed water filters, experienced village life, played with the children at Valley Light, Hope Beyond Transitional Center, and at Lenkai Christian School, and went on a walking safari. I feel so blessed that I was able to travel to Kenya with J1A and that I'm able to continue to volunteer here at home each week.
I was introduced to Just One Africa by chance. The founders, their families, the other volunteers, and the donors are the most amazing people to work with. Their huge hearts are evident in every project that they roll out. I am constantly amazed at their selflessness! We all need to dig deeper and be more like them. This would, truly, make our world a better place. I sincerely feel honored and privileged to be able to work alongside them.
My kids first introduced me to Just One Africa when they did a service project in Elementary School. They then joined the club in middle school and I became involved as well!! The Just One Africa organization is amazing. The work they are doing is admirable. I love to volunteer with Just One and I also love supporting them by shopping. Great gift able items that provide clean water for so many in need!!
I've been a supporter of Just One Africa's mission for many years and I strongly believe that what they do makes a huge difference in the lives of people in Kenya. I've given donations to a number of other charities in my lifetime wondering how much of my money actually went towards the mission. I've always been confident that every penny of my donation to JOA is well-spent.
I have been donating to Just One Africa because I am just one who can help in a small way to foster their mission. The head, hearts and hands leadership method is outstanding and I ask them every year to come to my university nursing classes to share their story--both as an exemplar for leadership and for global service. We string beads for water and my students, faculty and staff love the participatory engagement to make it better for others. The personal thank you notes, the attention to detail and the consistent messaging of hope, humanity and health are resonating across the world, one person at a time.
Working with everyone at JustOneAfrica has shown me how kind and loving people can be. Everyone here is incredibly thoughtful and dedicated to the cause, and they all help out in their own ways. From meeting the owners to the in-person volunteers, I've witnessed first hand how amazing their ideas and personalities are. JustOneAfrica is more than just the important mission of bringing clean water to those in need, it's about fostering a community, growing awareness, and spreading hope and love to everyone. If you haven't yet, now is a better time than ever to get involved in your own way, no matter how big or small.
Awesome charity! You won't find a group of more selfless people than the ones running this helpful organization. What they've done for the people of Africa is simply amazing and virtually everything people donate goes direct to the sources of need, not overhead and salaries.
I have the privilege of working with Just One Africa on some of their marketing and fundraising. They are made up of incredibly faith-driven, passionate, and caring individuals.
They are dedicated to those that they serve. Their efforts truly stand out because of the way they are able to find creative solutions to solve complex problems. The Just One Africa team goes above and beyond to empower communities so there is a long-lasting impact!
I have been involved with JOA for many years as a school club sponsor. Our students love learning about the clean water project and how they can contribute through stringing and selling bracelets and necklaces. We have also contributed towards the sustainability projects and raised moneys to purchase a cow, and goats. GREAT organization to contribute your time, talents and funds to.
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
I have been involved in many ways with J1A for many years My daughter traveled with the team to Africa, I have bought products, I have sponsored specific projects and I currently sponsor 2 school children in their Be 1 for 1. Every thing they do is true to the spirit of God and is focused the betterment of those they serve. They educate and provide vital life saving support to even the most remote areas in Kenya. You can rest assured that ANY investment you make in J1A will go directly to those most in need.
I have been involved with donating money and supplies for Just One Africa for a couple of years. I would not even know where to begin to describe the incredible work that they do. The leaders of Just One Africa are amazing individuals and stewards of God's kingdom. If you are looking for a GREAT non profit to support, look no further than Just One Africa because you have found the best one out there!
I volunteer to help get the beautiful hand-made beads made into necklaces or bracelets, crosses and stars. Each bead is hand wound by Kenyan women who appreciate so much that their work helps their families and villages prosper a little more. Then when these pieces are sold, it is so heartwarming that the profits go toward providing thousands of gallons of fresh filtered water to families in many many villages. It refreshes my soul to be involved with such a beautiful non profit as Just One Africa.
I had been going to Kenya for several years and saw Just One Africa’s booth at a festival and of course had to check it out! Low and behold they had been helping the children’s home where I had been going all those years! I have seen firsthand the difference they are making in people’s lives. Their clean water program is saving lives in Kenya. It is an amazing organization.
After being introduced to Just One Africa In middle school, I realized the large scale of the water crisis in Africa, and how much I could help, even as a middle schooler. This led me to starting a chapter of JOA at my high school and I’m thrilled to say that they are continuing to create change and provide water and sustainability to some of the worlds most vulnerable communities. JOA does so much good for the world!!
It was a total GodWink that I met Amy and Clay at a social event and I heard about Just One Africa and was instantly attracted to their cause and mission...and determined to learn more about them and about how we could support Just One Africa. Over the years they have proven to be consistent, reliable, deeply honest, clear about the needs of the people they support -- and -- importantly -- they make it SO EASY for us to donate to a VERY worthy cause and we know with 100% certainty that our donations are being put the the very best use possible. I am honored to know the leaders personally and I fully endorse what they are doing!
The work Just One Africa does is second to none. While they are officially involved in water projects, there is so much more to what they do. Clay and Amy are the real deal. They live their values and it shows in the people's lives they impact and the children they've raised.
When I give money to J1A, I have no question the money is not only going to be used well but that the projects will be high impact and the follow-through is done with excellence. Every dollar they receive is used to make the world a better place and I'm proud to be a part of their story.
Spoiler alert: Just One Africa (J1A) is an amazing, innovative non-profit organization!
We were first introduced to J1A by, of all things, shopping! As we reviewed numerous online retailers for holiday gifts that were sustainable and gave back to impoverished communities overseas, we stumbled across J1A. While other charities purport to donate 10%, 5%, or even as little as 2% of proceeds to their intended recipients, J1A donates substantially more, both in terms of financial assistance as well as the time and training needed to educate communities in Kenya about clean water resources and long-term sustainability.
Special shout out to J1A Program Director Christina Hightower for organizing and executing so many fantastic events, as well as managing the org's digital platform and creating content that is accessible and engaging for all potential supporters. Could not be more impressed with the way she provides world-class customer service and handles so many outreach initiatives!
We're currently based in NYC and have not yet had the opportunity to participate in any local volunteer activities, but are definitely looking forward to advocating remotely and maybe even taking an experience trip to Kenya one day!! Many of our friends and neighbors up here have never heard of J1A so we love gifting the beautiful handcrafted items available through their site and sharing the organization's story. We echo all of the sentiments that have already been published here on Greatnonprofits.org and hope that anyone reading is convinced that Just One Africa represents a great chance to advocate for people in need.
I am so fortunate to have been introduced to this organization through a dear friend who was teaching social studies and wanted to share with her students what education looks like around the world. Just One Africa has an excellent teaching element for students to be shown the lives of children in Africa and how clean water is the first step to getting an education; a basic human right in America we take entirely for granted. After this initial presentation, this organization has chapters for students to participate in at their schools to simply string beads to create jewelry that is sold with the funds going directly back into their primary mission to provide cost effective water filters to provide clean water for people in Africa. Unlike many non-profits, this organization commits the proceeds of all sales to give back to the people in Africa and continuing their mission to educate children in the local community about the needs of others around the world. They reflect their title that Just One person can make a difference in the world!
My family and I first learned about Just one Africa when our daughter was in Kindergarten and over the next twelve years, we started hearing and learning more and more about how together they create hope, re-write futures and change the world with Just One Person at a time. That is what stuck with my family and I; and the more we continued to learn about their work in Kenya and their impact, we were compelled and knew this is the ministry we would like to be a part of. The ministry is very involved both in the US community as well as the Kenyan community. They have many opportunities where people can serve as a family, get involved and learn more about their story. While we may not be able to change the world, we can make a difference with one person at a time. Just One Africa is an amazing and authentic ministry and the founders are deeply rooted in walking in obedience on how the Lord is leading them to serve in Kenya. I give thanks to the team at Just One Africa for their sacrifice and service in ensuring that no child is left behind, equipping communities on clean water programs and educating families on cultural cycles that are prohibited, because every girl matters!
I started volunteering with Just One Africa when our daughter became involved. I like to know that when I am supporting a group, that at least 90 percent of what I am doing or giving goes directly to the cause and with Just One I understand it is higher. It has been so enjoyable to go and work on their volunteer days...Meeting people from all walks of life, working on projects that raise money for clean water for communities in Kenya and knowing you are helping other women around the world become strong so that they can help their families and community. It’s nice to remember “Just One” can make a difference.
Just One Africa came to our school, Coleman Middle, to speak to 7th graders about water in Africa. They created such empathy and a buzz that students wanted to help and raise money for them. Kids can tell you all about water, water filters, and even help string bracelets. The kids were so moved they are now creating art pieces to sell and give the profits to just one Africa! This is the first PBL project my personal son has been excited about and he can't stop talking about it. They truly made a difference to our kids!
Just One Africa has been influential in our students' lives. As a teacher and now a school administrator, working with Just One Africa has allowed us to build a knowledge base and empathy within our students. From demonstrations and club activities, our students have gained a deeper understanding of the needs and struggles of others. As our partnership with Just One Africa continues to grow, we look forward to aiding in the progress they are making in the region.
Additionally, my son completed an internship with Just One Africa this past summer in Kenya. These experiences gave him an opportunity to work with officials and professionals from the region on improving the conditions for the people of the area. He worked with Just One and partners to ensure individuals received the filters and training needed for sustainability.
I started with J1A in the 6th grade when I was asked to join the club. I immediately fell in love with their mission and the people I had met with in the first year. I am now a rising sophomore and I have been involved with Just One Africa for the past 4 years. Over those years I have learned to love unconditionally, smile always, and give 110% in all circumstances. I have looked to the people I work with as my friends, mentors and family. I have found a love and passion for something that is bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. I have had important conversations with people, educated people and served on a level I never thought possible. Through my journey I have seen the impacts one person, One school, and one community can make. I have met the most important people I will probably ever meet and I am forever grateful for that. The people I have met throughout my journey are people I can call at any moment. They are people who check in with me constantly and never fail to leave a smile on my face. These people are the most selfless kind caring passionate sweet human beings I’ve ever met. They check up on me always even when they’re in Across the world and never fail to put a smile on my face! They are kind and funny and love helping others. Mrs Amy is the founder. A sweet kind loving person who puts herself before others everyday. She has never failed to stand by me and support me with anything I want to do. She gives me advice when she feels it’s needed and she has given me so many opportunities to do what I love with the people I love. All of the people I have met through doing this hold a special place in my heart and are people who never fail to let me down. I have learned so much from each of these people whether it’s been 4months or 4years. I am so very proud of each and everyone of these people as they use their voice to create a significant impact just one person at a time. I am proud to call these people family and I am proud to be apart of the amazing organization and what it has become throughout the 4 years I’ve seen it grow.
I love the J1A slogan, "I am One". For me, the journey started when my coworker gave me a necklace that was purchased from J1A. I felt good about wearing something that was delicately crafted by the sweet hands of a woman from a continent far, far away. That purchase helped her and her family. It made me feel connected to her in some small way. Then a friend bought me wine charms from J1A as a house warming gift. Two special women in my life who don't know each other, both bought me gifts from J1A. This made me curious about what J1A was doing in Kenya. So I Googled "Just One Africa". I had no idea how much they were really doing on the ground. It lit a spark for me. My friend had been volunteering with them for a few years and I never really asked her about it. She shared with me that there was an upcoming summer experience trip to Kenya. We decided it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we had to go. Amy, Clay & their Kenyan partners did such an incredible job crafting our experience. It was 100% perfect in every way. Twenty three people left the US and met up in Amsterdam for the trip of a lifetime. Little did we know, our lives would be forever changed. We spent a week with two of the J1A partners and the experiences were life changing & so incredibly inspiring. We got a behind the scenes peak into the life of a Maasai tribe. They showed us how to make fire, how to build homes, how to clean huts, and how to dance! It was fascinating learning about their culture. We went to the livestock market and bought goats which was a once in a lifetime experience (I hope). We got to participate in the Day of the African Child. It was heartwarming to see the local leaders support the boy / girl child. It was such a fun day. We met women that participate in the bead program. They shared their jewelry and crafts with us. Such beautiful creations that we were able to bring home and share with friends and family. We hosted water distribution trainings and shared information about hygiene. We even got the opportunity to do follow ups with people that had been using the filters for several months. People shared stories about what they were doing with the money that they saved each month now that they didn't have to purchase water or medications. One gentleman bought a new roof and solar lights. To us, that might not sound like a big deal, but to him, it was life changing. One filter can change so many lives. It opens doors for people. If there is one thing I loved about Kenya, it was the people. They were always smiling and always quick to share their hearts. I'm not sure I've ever experienced joy like I did in Kenya. If I was going to sum up this trip with one word, it would absolutely be Joy. It was such a good reminder that we can all be one for somebody. I can't wait to go back and see all the kids and hear about what they've been doing since our short time together. If you are looking to support a non-profit or take an experience trip, this is the organization for you.
In June I took a two week trip to Kenya with Just One Africa. I went with a team of 23 people to learn about the mission of Just One Africa and what that looks like on the ground in Kenya. We distributed water filters in communities without access to clean water, and learned first hand what a difference pure water makes to the health, wellbeing, and success of a community. I feel so blessed to have seen the life changing impact of Just One Africa's water filters, and loved getting to know the wonderful people of Kenya. I can't wait to return!
My wife and I spent two weeks in early June with the Just One team for an experience trip to Kenya. We spent a week a piece with two of Just One's Kenyan partners. Just One's passion for their partners and the communities they serve was amazing to see first hand. The love and care Just One provides was life-changing; both for the communities and for us! It was so rewarding to meet the partners, staff and most of all the children and community members in each community we worked. From helping distribute water filters, to worshipping with the children and celebrating the national "Day of the African Child", our lives have been forever changed. This is thanks to the wonderful work that Just One Africa does. The trip was well organized, and traveling with 23 people, this was no easy feat! We all felt safe, secure, cared for and, of course, well fed. Just One is doing amazing things for these Kenyan communities and it was an honor and a privilege to be a small part of it.
I have had the opportunity of volunteering for Just One Africa for around four years now. The work that they do is truly amazing. I recently went to Kenya with the team. It was an incredible experience. I was so grateful to be able to see what the organization does and the impact they are making in people’s lives. It was truly rewarding and makes me even more grateful to be able to work with such a wonderful organization and group of people.
I just returned from a two week mission trip to Kenya with Just One Africa with a team of 23 people who love serving & changing the lives of young orphans and those “without” access to clean, pure water. We spent ~ a week in the Great Rift Valley & the 2nd week just north of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Over 120 families will have access to an unlimited supply now with Uzima filter. After more than 6 trips, I never cease to be amazed at the joy I get on these outreaches. I’m already starting to make plans for my next trip with Just One Africa!
My daughter and I had the privilege to travel with JOA to Kenya recently. Words cannot describe the experience we had. JOA is doing an awesome job of helping their Kenyan partners in touch so many lives. From rescuing kids and providing them safe haven to educating them and empowering them. Providing clean water and saving countless lives. Empowering local Masai women with bead programs. JOA has also funded many sustainability projects. Everything we did there for two weeks touched some one in some way. We even ate and shopped at places that supports the local artists and women. We felt totally alive every moment on the trip as we were living for someone else.
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!
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!!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Just One Africa is an amazing organization run by the most fantastic family I've had the privilege of knowing. Hard working, honest, caring, effective and just totally incredible people helping those less fortunate have a better life. They are educators and take time to teach people how to thrive and do better. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be a part (even though it's tiny) of this fine organization. If you want to make a real difference in this world, and do things that change people's lives for the better, this is a charity you want to get involved with. The Churchills are doing work that makes the world a much better place. I am proud to know them.
It has been such a privilege to get to know Just One Africa and be a part of this great organization. The founders, their families, friends, and donors have big hearts to help people in Kenya and influence their lives in the ways that give positive impacts. I like the fact that it is fairly easy to get involved, despite of your age, current life stage, background, etc. Their bracelets are so beautiful and I think they are perfect gifts that are meaningful and have the great cause.
I was introduced to this amazing charity by 2 former students who loved helping people and wanted to help get clean water to the children that they met on a mission trip. Every aspect of what they do is what I look for in a nonprofit that I want to support and that I feel passionate about. The Kenyan women who make the beads that we string, are providing for the futures of the families. The students that string them, learn compassion for others and how to impact the world in a tangible way. 100% of the profit goes directly to providing clean water, thus preventing disease. Truely profound and transformational for all!
What a wonderful organization! Just One Africa makes a huge difference in the world helping to provide clean water and water education to places desperately needing it. In addition, they reach out to the schools in my area to provide student awareness of water quality and the importance of giving to help others.
Just One Africa is an awesome organization that does great work. I know their founder, Clay Churchill personally and can say without a doubt that his passion and enthusiasm are contagious. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to donate and contribute to their efforts and know that the donations go towards helping those in need.