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African Childrens Haven

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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.

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