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Aid for Africa, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Health Care, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Helps African children, families, and communities through a network of charities providing healthcare (HIV/AIDS, malaria), education, food, economic improvement, conservation, wildlife protection, and arts programs.

Results: Aid for Africa has helped empower thousands of families in Sub Saharan Africa to build better lives through our support of more than 60 US-based nonprofits in our network. Activities included building schools, providing scholarships to students, providing women with capital to start small businesses, training mentor mothers to help stop the spread of HIV to the unborn, conserving rare wildlife, protecting rainforests in Tanzania, providing support to families in Northern Uganda, disseminating new agricultural technologies, and more. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund increases the number of girls in primary and secondary schools as well as college. Aid for Africa also partners with the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University through its Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which supports graduate students undertaking research in Africa. Through its blog and other social media outlets, Aid for Africa reaches thousands of followers with information about the complex issues facing Sub Saharan Africa how the challenges they present are being met.

Target demographics: Poor and marginalized communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa.

Geographic areas served: Sub Saharan Africa

Programs: Provide support for nonprofits working in Sub-Saharan Africa undertaking programs in healthcare, education, food security, micro-enterprise, wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and the arts. Educate U.S. citizens about Sub-Saharan Africa.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa is an inspiring partnership of approximately 85 charities dedicated to helping the people of Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently I have had the privilege of donating to the Girls Education Fund. This outstanding organization helps girls in Africa go to school and stay in school which profoundly improves their lives. AfA helps donors like myself give to specific grass roots programs and give back to causes that are important to me and hopefully make a difference in the lives of individuals in Africa.

Review from Guidestar

1 Randolph A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of donating to this organization for several years. I am a careful giver, thus I probed the organization thoroughly -- it may think too thoroughly! -- and became a great admirer. I think it is a model internationally-oriented NGO. Its members are very effective at the grassroots level in Africa, down where every dollar does real good. If you are thinking of donating to AfA, and I encourage you to do so, you will be able to see from its website that AfA sets unrivaled record-keeping, auditing, and transparency requirements. One of the extraordinary achievements of Aid for Africa is how it has been able to innovate by facilitating member-to-member contact so that they can work with each other to achieve more than a single organization could on its own. These cooperative learning experiences, or "synergies," provide a forum for what works best to lift Africans out of widespread poverty, disease and malnutrition. For example, members have worked together to exploit the fact that African girls, given member assistance to go to school, remain community-oriented, and bring back home benefits in the form of family financial assistance, role modeling, and community betterment.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been pleased with the assistance that our small grass roots organization has received from Aid for Africa (AFA) over the past 6 years. Our small non-profit group, Medicine for Mali, works with about 11,000 people in nine different rural villages in Mali. With the help of Aid for Africa, we have been focusing on five areas: school education, microfinance, clean water, medical and public health education. AFA has the same ideas as we do in helping the people in the villages in Mali. Some of them are the following: increase the education for the girls, give the people a sense of accomplishment and resposibility with a microfinance loan, provide clean water with deep wells in order to improve health, provide medicine and medical supplies to the village clinics and finally to teach the people the importance of good health by educating them about proper nutrition and healthy practices. AFA has helped Medicine for Mali to make a big difference in this small part of the world. Dave Merschman , President , Medicine for Mali

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been pleased to be on the board of Aid for Africa for a number of years. It was founded to help grassroots development on the ground in Sub Saharan Africa and it is doing that through its support of organizations focused on health, education, microfinance, agriculture, wildlife conservation, and more. Aid for Africa fosters partnership among these organizations, which work throughout Sub Saharan Africa, so that lessons and best practices can be shared and results improved. Aid for Africa is unique in its strong focus on research-focused development, which is reflected in its partnership with leading development organizations and its endowment at Tufts University that provides for graduate students to conduct research in Africa during the summer. I also find that Aid for Africa’s strict eligibility requirements and transparency ensures donors that financial contributions are well managed.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been extremely impressed by Aid for Africa, and its leader, Barbara Rose. AFA does an excellent job of guiding, publicizing, and leveraging the work of a wide range of grass roots organizations that are making a real difference across Africa. And Ms. Rose leads AFA with the perfect mix of experience, intelligence, empathy and integrity. AFA’s Girls Education Fund will make it possible for girls to escape a life of poverty, illness, and abuse that would likely be their fate without education. AFA understands that an investment in girls education will not only help individuals succeed, but also help their families and communities thrive over the long term. We invite others to join us in supporting this worthwhile program.
K. Renaud
Director, Project Redwood