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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: African Childrens Haven supports grassroots organizations that help local kids lead healthier, more productive lives. We invest in a variety of projects, but place special emphasis on education, especially for orphans and children living in extreme poverty. Our belief is that Africa’s future rests with its children and that projects developed and run by local communities produce long-term results.

Results: Orphans: In Western Kenya, an area with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, we support children affected by the AIDS pandemic. Just $10 per week provides shelter, food, clothing, medical services and education for a child in need. Education: To the greatest extent possible, all of our projects focus on education. In addition, at many locations – as in Tanzania – we provide scholarships for girls’ secondary education. It costs about $1000 to send a teenage girl to middle school or high school for a year. Eventually, we will provide scholarships so that the very best students can go on to university. Gender: Lastly -- but perhaps most importantly --African Childrens Haven, gives a high priority to projects that support girls and mothers. Africa is traditionally male dominated, but that’s changing as women rise to positions of influence and as women become empowered to support their families, enter the cash economy, and become community leaders.

Target demographics: at-risk kids lead happier, healthier and more productive lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: 650 children and reached some 10,000 people through our sex education initiative.

Geographic areas served: Sub-Sahran Africa

Programs: our secondary school scholarship project for orphan girls in Tanzania. We also finance projects that support teachers working in urban slums and that rescue girls facing female genital mutilation. In 2014 we fielded our first teams of paid sex educators who travel in poorly-served rural areas teaching safe sex and local production of sanitary pads. The lack of sanitary napkins is a leading cause of school failure among young girls living in poverty.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I were made aware of African Children’s Haven a few years back and were so impressed with the mission statement especially supporting projects in Kenya and Tanzania that support young children and mothers by providing food, shelter, clothing, medical services and education. We are very proud to help support this very important organization to give children and mothers healthier and more productive lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Although I live and work in Peru, I am a proud supporter of African Childrens Haven. I’ve known the organizers for more than 25 years and can say without reservation that they work tirelessly to improve the lives of hundreds of African children though scholarships, orphan care programs, by supporting hard working teachers and by providing support that protects vulnerable young girls from abuse. African Childrens Haven is making a real difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya for six months of 2015 as a researcher doing governance and policy work with the NGO Transparency International - Kenya. During this time, I befriended a local good man named Dan Ndula who founded and operates a school, Overseer's Education Centre, in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi by day while working all night as a hostel watchman by night. Seeking to support my friend Dan and his small school, my family put me in touch with African Children's Haven. From across the Atlantic on the other side of the world, having never met myself or my friend Dan, ACH and its generous directors answered the call, both putting us in touch with a local charity partner in Nairobi, scheduling a future date to meet with Dan in February 2016 and gracing the school with a $250 donation which went to creating a new small office, the beginning of a library and part of a classroom. I am glad and thankful to have been put in touch with the people of ACH and highly recommend their good work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

African Childrens Haven is a great organization. It takes care of our C3 forms for ABCs of Sex Education. They ensure that we get our wired transfers early and on time. They diligently do this for free because they know we rely on donors. They have twice sponsored us to teach in some schools that need sex education very much. St. Phillips in the slums of Mathare, Nairobi Kenya and Starkids School and Rescue Centre respectively. These are schools that help poor and unfortunate children and have very vulnerable children who need lots of support, which I testify, they get from African Childrens Haven.

I give African Childrens Haven a five star rating because I believe they more than deserve it.
Thumbs up African Childrens Haven!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a donor to African Childrens' Haven, I have become more aware of and interested in the work that is being done to support young people in Africa. As a retired educator and administrator, there is nothing more important than organizations like ACH that are committed to serving youth in all aspects of their lives so they can navigate in their own environment and develop skills that give them advantages in navigating beyond that.
The education of girls and women and empowering them to have a voice and be able to make healthy choices will have a profound affect on the community they live in and on their future.
The people I know associated with ACH are passionate and totally committed to nurturing the body, heart, and soul of those they work to serve.

3 Wilson A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The St. Philip's School Mathare, a Community Based Institution located in the marginalized slums of Mathare found in Nairobi City of Kenya applause its relationship with ACH since year 2009. We greatly honor ACH support to ensure our teaching staff and subordinate staff gets a monthly wage and salary enough for their upkeep as they give education and other humanitarian support to the pupils from the poor slums of Mathare. We applause ACH taking care of the pupils nutritional needs as they undertake their studies in the center - a key pillar for the project for a hungry man is an angry man and has no dignity whatsoever. Sponsoring needy pupils who do well in their primary final examination to join highs school is also recommendable. Ensuring we a bid to statutory requirement as an institution by complying to staff health insurance year after year is worth recommending. Provision of textbooks, stationary, desks among other has been enabled at St. Philip's School Mathare through ACH. Capacity building, technical assistance, providing a larger network of more partners to help provide better services to the needy children in Mathare slums is worth recommending and now thinking we can have a modern school for children under our care is now ringing in mind of ACH board - seeking partners toward infrastructure building, modern tuition block with 17 classrooms, sanitary block, offices among other infrastructure to enable school operation is at ACH mind as from next year 2016. We recommend the public at large to assist ACH finance this programmes at our center. St. Philip's School Mathare after not exhausting all is there because ACH has stood with its activities and projects day in day out. Long live all board members ACH, long live all people giving money towards this worth cause. We applaud you especially at this moment most people find economy being hard. However, you spare your shilling, dollar to make a difference and that difference is already there. Thanks all - Wilson Otemo Andenyi (DIRECTOR ST. PHILIP'S SCHOOL MATHARE, NAIROBI)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an international development consultant with knowledge and experience of orphans and vulnerable children, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, who has worked with African Childrens Haven for years on several different projects, I have found they have proven themselves, repeatedly, to be the very best sort of supporter, partner, mentor and guide to grassroots organizations delivering life-saving and enhancing services to women and children in extreme poverty.
By using their extensive experience in Africa, derived from decades of working and living there, ACH has developed a network of contacts, experts, educators and friends that help ensure that every project is expertly designed and managed and every dollar spent is maximally leveraged through that management.
They stress local involvement, management and ownership wherever possible and strive to respect culture and context while delivering greatly needed human services.
Their emphasis on children in need and education delivery assures a brighter future not only for the people they reach but Africa itself.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Kenyan, I greatly appreciate the work that African Childrens Haven (ACH) does to support our students and teachers. Thanks to their efforts, 450 primary school students from the worst slum areas in Nairobi are attending school. Those schools, which are central to the well-being of their communities, provide both education and basic nutrition through their school lunch programs. For many, it’s the most important meal of the day. The schools served by African Childrens Haven also act as a safe haven for the children, keeping them out of harm’s way while their parents are away at work. In addition, ACH supports hard working teachers by underwriting their salaries and by providing health insurance for their families.

Lillianne Kerubo

3 Priscilla12

Donor

Rating: 5

Supporting Africa Children's Haven gives power to the grassroots efforts by organizations to help children at the local level, especially to facilitate secondary education for girls. We know that when girls are educated, poverty levels, birth rates go down and the entire economy of a region is raised.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with ACH for over 6 years in Tanzania. Our relationship started through the establishment of the Carole Cole Science Scholars program, which supports disadvantaged and orphaned girls by paying their tuition, setting them up with an experienced mentor, giving them exposure to events and resources as well as various other areas of support. Their field staff and mentor is dedicated and knowledgeable and works extremely hard to communicate and work with the girls despite many challenges.

I also work with ACH on funding for small projects at FANAKA Memorial Secondary School. They are open and responsive to needs shared by the school. Addressing issues like safety, teacher morale, educational materials and administrative support is imperative for the longevity of the school and its important presence in the Bunju A community.

Finally and maybe most importantly, ACH played a pivotal role in the foundation of my own Non-profit. I started my work in TZ when I was 19 and started my organization with a lot of passion and dedication. ACH provided information and guidance to help frame projects and work on fundraising. Partnering with ACH benefited my donors and my projects. This type of networking allows ACH to broaden its impact and make more meaningful contributions.

ACH has built a strong foundation and network to impact the lives of thousands of people. The world needs the presence of organizations like this. It is ESSENTIAL to continue to fund ACH. Although they have been able to influence some in TZ, I do believe their role and response could have been considerably stronger if they had the financial capability to do so. Donors want results but programs need substantial funding to make that happen. Progress takes time, flexibility, leadership and financing.