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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

2 Susan419

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of ACH for many years and continue to be awed by the work done by this organization. The dedication of all involved from the board to the teachers and administrators is truly remarkable. ACH is changing the world one person at a time and the numbers continue to grow. A safe haven, education and support for young people is a way to help secure the future for us all and ACH is a facilitator par excellence in this arena. I am very proud to be associated with such a fine organization.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

African Childrens Haven is an organization that my husband and I have been supporting for several years, because we know that this is the "Real Deal"...it is True and we know that our support is going exactly where it should be going...to the beautiful Children in Africa that so desparately need all the support and help they can get, so they can live a meaningful and full life on our amazing Planet Earth.
We personally have known the Directors in Galveston, TX for about 40 years and they work endless hours on their own time to support the success of this wonderful organization. It is so encouraging and such a blessing to know there are still people out there who are willing to give so much of themselves to support African Childrens Haven!!! The rewards are unforgettable. Thanks to all of you who support this nonprofit organization!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who has worked for international development organizations for years, I'm a firm believer in early childhood education. The help that African Children's Haven brings to these children is likely to make a huge difference in their future lives. Many studies have shown that positive early learning experiences are clearly one of the most likely pathways out of poverty. And so, reaching them at this young age can make empty stares turn sparkly and if you could see them face to face, it would do the same for you.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

I have known Africa Children Haven for the last five years through their charity work in Tanzania. ACH is supporting 10 orphaned girls to make their dreams come true. The support is channeled through the Carole Cole Science Scholars program, which supports these disadvantaged girls by paying their tuition and various requirements for their education. On my part being a scientist I mentor the girls by sharing my life experience but also together we learn the soft skills of success within the Emotional Intelligence framework. ACH extended their support beyond individual girls by contributing to equipping the science laboratory at Bethsdaida Girls Secondary school, where the girls did their secondary school. To date six of the girls are doing their high school education and three girls are going to join vocational education colleges. I admire ACH founders i.e. Ed and Linda for their love and patience especially where communication infrastructure has not allowed for regular feedback on the performance of the program. Indeed the success we have today is as a result of their perseverance and understanding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past 5 years I've had the opportunity to visit 4 of the local Kenyan-run organizations that African Childrens Haven assists. I'm impressed with the heart, dedication, transparency and skill with which those organizations help their communities. As I've worked more closely with ACH, I see that same dedication and love of children, especially, reflected by their board. ACH now assists me and the organization I work with in Kenya, with advice, guidance and expertise from their years of experience in the non-profit world. I'm proud to be affiliated with this outstanding organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

In the last couple of years, I have searched for non-profit organizations that I thought made a difference in the world. It was also important to me to find an organization in which almost all of the donation got to those it was supposed to serve. I found this in African Children’s Haven.

Not only have they helped children through their sexual health programs but as important is that the organization changes lives forever with the educational support provided to children and young adults. Both of these services are “forever” gifts…not just a gift that helps for a moment in time. Education is such a precious gift. It has a direct impact on the recipients but it also changes the lives of the people around the recipients and the lives of the next generation. African Children’s Haven provides something that can’t be stolen or taken away. It is a forever gift. I am so grateful that I found this non-profit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past two years African Childrens Haven has been the financial agent for a Kenyan sex education and HIV prevention charity I work with. The services they provide have been exceptional! From donor management to forex wire transfers, expense monitoring, financial reporting and controls they have given us extremely valuable advice, execution, and support. Thank you ACH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of African Children's Haven. ACH provides tangible support to identifiable recipients. I feel like even my smallest donations matter. Whether building a school, furnishing a library, providing sex education or career preparation to young women, ACH always keeps me informed of the good work they're doing. ACH is a well-managed organization with committed leadership; their mission leads to lasting outcomes that matter to the future of individuals and a nation. I'm happy to be a supporter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a long-time supporter of educational program at the St. Philips Primary School located in the second largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, when I came to know African Children's Haven. ACH is a US nonprofit that supports a variety of programs for poor African children, especially orphans and girls living in extreme poverty. In 2009 I approached ACH for financial support for St. Philips and was pleased to receive an immediate and positive response. Since then, ACH has provided significant assistance to the school, to its students and to its many dedicated teachers. I have worked hand-in-hand with ACH ever since on a variety of projects, including a visit to the Nairobi National Game Reserve as part of the students’ science education. Although the children lived just a few kilometers from the Reserve, none had ever visited. Today, ACH is lending valuable support to St. Philips and is working hard to help the school improve the quality of the education it provides to its students. Although I am now based in the USA, I continue to collaborate with ACH. It is rewarding to know that both girls and boys after finishing their primary studies now have the opportunity to receive scholarships for continuing on to secondary education. From personal experience I can say that ACH is providing commendable and dedicated support to the school. I hope that others like me will donate to their valuable programs, programs that help so many African children at St. Philips and in a variety of projects across Eastern and Southern Africa.

1 Cherie R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a committed supporter of African Childrens Haven over the past eight years. The organization operates at the grassroots helping African organizations that might otherwise receive little or no support from US nonprofits. African Childrens Haven keeps it simple. Its mission is straightforward, its staff is knowledgeable and its operations efficiently address the pressing needs of the rural and urban poor. Although it supports a variety of projects that help kids and their parents lead healthier, more productive lives I am particularly drawn to their program that protect girls from childhood marriages and female genital mutilation. This effort, which protect scores of girls and young women, also provide scholarships and vocational training that helps young women earn a living and lead a better life.