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Asante Africa Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Youth Development

Mission: To educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.

Results: As of 2018, Asante Africa has successfully impacted 518,000+ lives in total. That includes over 427 scholarship students supported, 3,200 Teachers trained, and 101,000 girls impacted. In the past 8 years, our LEI Program has seen over 306,000+ youth empowered. Teachers are using digital tools to do their lesson plans. Students are preparing for their future and supporting other children in the community to attend school. Girls are finding their voices and learning about health and rights.

Target demographics: children, youth and community members

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,316 lives in East Africa

Geographic areas served: East Africa, Kenya & Tanzania

Programs: Girls' Advancement Program, Accelerated Learning in Classroom, and Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation does essential work to educate the children of East Africa, providing them not only with classroom, but with real-world skills. These skills help girls remain in and complete school, avoiding early marriage and potential abuse. They also educate provide education to boys, including educating them on the importance of girls' education and the autonomy of girls. One of my favorite things about Asante Africa Foundation is that they focus training local teachers in child-centered teaching. They work with local parents, leaders and communities to ensure that the children have the support that they require. Many students supported by Asante Africa Foundation go on to be the first children in the families, and even their communities, to graduate from secondary school and some have gone on the be the first to graduate from college. Education is the key to a world where people do not fear each other, where people can care for themselves and each other, where people understand each other and thus where people can all prosper together and avoid conflict.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an intern from UC Berkeley Extension. This intern is part of program which make me learn more from real world. My position is event planner but I learned a lot of new things. By being an intern in Asante Africa, there is no limit to show my creativity and it’s not only regarding event planner. I also helping marketing to do some videos and digital visual content. All the staffs are friendly and nice. They are willing to help me all the time, especially the CEO. I also learned to care more, not only people who is surrounding me.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Asante Africa Foundation is a "true" non profit focused on making a difference in the life of kids in Africa. Their biggest assets are the student success stories from the field.
What makes volunteering with this organization rewarding is that it's led by people who are not just good leaders but also great mentors. They provide an environment that allows the team to learn and grow.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is great! Transparent and effective. Doing amazing things for the kids in Africa

Hussein

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i was picked by this organization when i had no hope left to join secondary school,i was working already for around two months at the quarry. after that they made me what i am today. i'm able to address the needs of my family and our community at large. its not only Anderson but there are many other young people and families who have been helped and now their social and economic level has increased this is the change we want to future in Africa thank you Asante Africa for changing our lives. my Mother and i are very proud.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation might not be that big of a non-profit (yet), but it’s definitely a lean and mean one. We have a solid foundation in our dynamic CEO, who has a passion for education that is contagious not just with staff but also with the rest of our community.

Validation has come in many different forms lately as the organization approaches its 10th year. One of the core programs that focuses on keeping girls in school has been recognized by no less than the UN for promoting good practices in Africa. And we are seeing more and more inspiring men and women graduating from our programs, doing their thing and being successful. Seeing the fruits of our collective efforts for Africa just drives the team to keep doing what they do.

Personally, one of the best things about Asante Africa Foundation is that it makes it so easy for everyone to give of themselves. I speak from experience! What I get back – from being mentored, to seeing changes happening in our communities in Africa – is something I never got from previous work opportunities. This kind of work really does make the heart happy.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I traveled with Asante Africa Foundation this summer to rural Kenya. I was funding the building of a kindergarten classroom and teachers housing. I was very impressed. This nonprofit is very organized, has great leadership, and doesn't waste a dime. I saw other NGO's driving in owned land cruisers. We took taxi's which are very inexpensive and puts more money into the local economy. I was also impressed with their approach to charity. Every project must be sustainable. No project goes forward without the stakeholder/communities /parents involvement, which includes funding a portion of the project. The communities are involved at every step and own the project. Your donations to Asante Africa will give kids in Eastern Africa a chance to go to school, gain real life skills, and achieve their dreams. Highly recommend this Non-profit as I saw first hand the difference they are making.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My experience as a program coordinator- Girls' advancement Program-Asante Africa Foundation has been great empowering young people.Working with Asante Africa Foundation introduce me to new people,taught me about giving back to the community,compassion and provided a continuous learning environment.I had a keen interest on girls and women health and financial empowerment and I am so motivated to work with people who are passionate about cause and motivated by purpose to transform.
Being a product of this investment,one of the causes I really care is education,Which Asante Africa has tackle in a unique model which addresses root cause; Scholarships are key to keep boys and girls in school,the programs provide them with tools and skills to excel in school and outside the classroom,We advance talents by creating a safe learning space,strengthen teachers capacity and providing leadership to address life challenges in their communities. The most interesting thing in this program world is knowledge sharing centered collaboration and partnership which allows innovation locally with a global experience. It's so amazing to have this experience across several different areas embracing diversity and am proud to be part of this remarkable journey.

1 Shirley41

Advisor

Rating: 5

Over the past 9 years, I have been associated with Asante Africa Foundation, as a volunteer, a donor, a staff member, and a board advisor. Within that realm, I have worked in every aspect of the organization. I have seen it grow from its infancy to what it is today-an outstanding non-profit that truly makes a difference in the lives of young people in East Africa. I have also seen firsthand what our educational programs can do to transform the lives of our students, their families and their communities. I am proud of the dedication of our volunteers and staff, both here in the US and in country. Without our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to spend 89% of our budget on our programs. I am proud of the students who have gone through our programs and are now “paying it forward” and transforming the worlds of many more people. Asante Africa Foundation also offers volunteers a great learning opportunity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asante Africa Foundation is a "Trustworthy" NGO and absolutely committed to make lives of youth better in East Africa. The passion and willingness to work for Girl's advancement, quality education, training youth with leadership and Entrepreneurship skills, is huge in each team member. Their strategies are simple and rewarding. Team goes out in the field, they collaborate and they achieve.
Armina Fareed

1 Josh D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is simply an inspiration. The leadership is passionate and committed to providing the freedom that is education to as many youth in East Africa that would never have had the chance were it not for them.

3 Emmy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an alumni of a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Workshop 2014. Through the LEI, I was able to learn about giving back to the society,communication skills, entrepreneurship skills and Financial Literacy. As my community give back commitment and through the knowledge acquired through Asante Africa, I am currently working with a group known as Full Circle that rehabilitates women in Prostitution in the streets of Nairobi. I have also been able to open a money market account in order to save for my future. Asante Africa is a great organization that is helping youths towards a bright future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation because of my interest in international development and desire to work within the non-profit field. My experience as an intern these last seven months has exceeded all of my expectations. Asante is a small but quickly growing organization and there is plenty of work to do. My tasks shifted from donor outreach to marketing user engagement analysis and beyond.
Almost two months ago however, I was made project manager for a panel discussion regarding the link between girls’ education and a prospering global economy. I was charged with mobilizing the efforts, talents and contacts of a 20-person team. I had never led such a sizeable project before. Under an uncomfortably tight timeline and some serious doubts, the panel was a clear success. Our speakers and panelists rocked the house and our audience, almost 70 in total, was clearly engaged.
This experience gave me the opportunity to excel. It has greatly enhanced my confidence along with my organizational and managerial skills; and it has affirmed my desire to work in the international development field. I have seen what happens when a small and collaborative group gets behind a clear purpose. I believe in Asante’s vision, I believe in their approach and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with this dynamic group. So I say to my team, Asante Sana (Swahili for thank you very much)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for this Oakland-based international non-profit has been a blast thus far. The CEO, Erna and the board's passion for education and entrepreneurial development in Kenya and Tanzania is truly contagious. Asante Africa Foundation is merely the accelerant that supports hundreds of teachers and administrators in East Africa - over 40,000 lives have been impacted and I am excited to be on board for what comes next.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Erna Grasz (my sister-in-law) has been a real delight. Not having any non-profit experience, Erna has made me feel right at home. The passion and drive to succeed resonates within the entire organization. This is a group of very talented individuals from all walks of life. I can't put into words the feelings I get when describing what is going on at Asante Africa Foundation, you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer with Asante for several reasons: as a granddaughter, daughter and sister of teachers, I strongly believe in education for children. I went several times in Africa and could attest of the needs regarding education and the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they can live their potential. And as an HR professional, I wanted to help the Organization and share with them my knowledge and competencies.

What a surprise when I joined the team - so amazing, great, dedicated people! I love working with the AAF team who strongly believe in what they build with always a smile and an awesome working ambiance.
I strongly recommend anyone who wish to be part of a great adventure to come volunteering with AAF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago a woman came to my Rotary Club to talk about her non-profit that was educating kids in Africa. I remember being drawn to her passion and appreciating the logic and determination. That woman was Erna Graz of Asante Africa Foundation. Since that date I have had the opportunity to learn more and more about this organization and the more I've seen the more impressed I've become. Erna attracts very special people to participate in her team and the result is great results. If you are passionate about changing the world for the better, Asante Africa Foundation is a great organization to accomplish that goal.

2 Camille6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have amazing energy. The passion in the room is truly amazing. Working with them is going to be amazing . Everyone one was amazing experience that I will be able to learn from and take with me in my furtherendeavors.

1 Andres3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since my first day volunteering at Asante Africa I felt te amazing energy and wheel to help with the power of team work and collaboration! Fantastic group of people with the same objective: trying to make this world a little better place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yes, we talk about education and the power that has to change the world and that was the first thing that attracted me to want to join Asante Africa's team but the one thing that made me more impressed with Asante's mission is that its work expands beyond the classroom: they impact the whole infrastructure that surrounds it! They work on providing a healthier, safer and warming environment for the students to learn.

You can see the results and the difference in the facilities after Asante has a change to work with them and you can see the kids and how they are happy. That gives a solid base for the teachers to work and for the kids to learn and be eager to be in the classroom as well!

I just love it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer, I did not have expectations for Asante Africa to be anything apart from my previous experiences. However, from the outset, I could tell that it was an organization that not only was deeply committed to its cause, but also extremely professional and methodical in its operations. It has been a joy to work for Asante Africa because you are an integral and involved member of the team. Ultimately, everyone at the organization wants to achieve the same goal, to facilitate access to education, and Asante Africa does an excellent job of achieving its goal while imparting valuable skills to its volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Asante Africa Foundation because of my passionate belief in the power of education. I have stayed - 3 +years - because of AAF's philosophy that is rooted in respect for the communities it serves, empowering talent and local skill building so solutions are identified and owned locally not imposed from the 'west'. It is also a privelege to work with an amazing talented and dedicated group of staff bad volunteers who approach each aspect of AAF with a high level of professionalism. And they are really fun! I am proud to be part of the Assnte team - as a board member and donor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe education is the most important key for success and it is the best way to impact the world and transform lives!

I am very passionate about helping people to improve their life opportunities, and coming from a developing country I know really close the challenges that many kids and teens have to face every day.

I started as an intern last year, and working with an organization like Asante was my dream. After an amazing experience with talented, enthusiastic and knowledgeable people I decided to continue helping kids in Africa as a volunteer. I believe in Asante's mission, this work inspire me and I am so proud to be part of this wonderful team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am super proud to be a part of this organization! Asante Africa is full of talented, dedicated and selfless volunteers who are very willing to give their talent, time & resources for the scholars of the organization. With Asante Africa's focus on the kids education, they are helping the kids build a better future for themselves & for their community. They train the kids in the Leadership Academy to become great leaders and to Pay it Forward to their community.
I believe in Asante Africa's mission, I will continue to support & will forever be a part of this great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud volunteer of Asante Africa! As an African, I was looking for an organization that supports girls and women's empowerment as I know what being empowered has done for me. Asante Africa mission resonates with me as it provides the opportunity for girls to learn in a safe environment and hone leaderships skills. Even better, it also teaches young men to respect and honor the girls in their communities by offering other methods of communication. I have thoroughly enjoyed the people I have met and the challenges we have worked through during my short time with the team. Go Asante Africa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woow ,Woow, dear my names are bongole john an a christian man of Gog in Uganda really am so blessed to see such kind people who had managed to support orphans for the better feature but let me pray for you God to provide great effort so that to manage all needy children over there ,even me am working heard so that i stat taking care of some starting in my big home which i have in Jesus name i really pray for you keep it with you there is a reword for that may the lord bless you indeed.

LEPILALI

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Hi every body!.Last two weeks ago we had youth leadership training in rural primary schools as a part for us to pay it forward. For sure we met with very courageous students most of them wanted to know more about Asante Africa Foundation, we met with several questions heading with HOW? , WHY AND WHEN??.
I tried to answer the question according to my level best and according to my little understanding about AAF,one of the teacher from Naitolya primary school asked me that “WHY ASANTA AFRICA FOUNDATION SUPPORT ONLY EDUCATION SECTOR AND FORGET ABOUT THE PEOPLE SUFFERING FORM HUNGER?? AGAIN WHY THE ASANTE AFRICA FOUNDATION’S FOUNDER LEFT USA WHICH IS HER HOME LAND AND CAME IN AFRICA PARTICULARLY IN TANZANIA??.Those are just the example of the questions that I came across during the workshop. What was amazing in the workshop is the way the students were very active and courageous, I surprised soooo!! Much after asked the students this question “CAN A FEMALE/GIRL BECOME a LEADER??”.
Do you want to know what the students answered??.The students had different thought, all students answered YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, except for the few girls who became neutral. As those few girls loading for the true answer, I poured two more question to them as follows:-
“CAN IGNORANT PEOPLE BECOME GOOD LEADERS???”
“IS ALL TEACHERS LEADERS??”
I got different opinions of which three quarters (3/4) of the answers are “NO” few “YES” and some became neutral. I made a brief explanation upon the questions to them of which at the end, the students discovered that everybody can become a leader not only the male/boy but also a girl, the students understood that all teachers are leaders and even ignorant people can become leaders. Also the students understood the importance of having a dream in life, how to become confidence, being persistence, they learnt small steps toward their dream, importance of leadership in the community not only that but also they discovered that being a leader is not being a head of something, is not being given power to rule others but you can become a leader by the action you take also you can become a leader of yourself. In some school few teachers attended the class and seem that even teachers do not know well about leadership they, supported that the ignorant people ca not become good leaders also they do not know about dream mapping, only in one of the schools the teachers did not show good respond.
Those are just few things that I shared with you but the students learnt more than those.
I can proud that for certain extend the students has got something important and they are as not as before the workshop, they are now confident and they can explain their dream in few sentences, now they know how to overcome the challenges along their ways toward their dream and also they are aware with who a leader is.
For every school there were average of 480 students and only 30students received the training equal to 16.7% I recommend the training to be in the next so as to cover at least 50% of the whole school.
byeeeee!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

2010 is one of the year that i wont forget in my life, you know why??????
It's the time that i met with Asante Africa Foundation while i was the form two student,initially before joining secondary education i engaged my self in selling charcoal as the source of my income simply because i come from the poor pastoral family . After passed the exam i did not joined form one early because the family was financially unfit so i continue to sold charcoal so that to get school fees,i managed to get little amount of money of which i joined form one.
So after met with this nonprofit organization 2010 while i was form two l felt like being lifted from lower ground to upper one also it is like being given a key that let me out of the prison, they pay school fees for me,supply me with personal effects furthermore provided me with leadership academic training.In other words i can say AAF opened doors to my success, made improvement of my academic performance and made my life to have direction.
I'm just the one but AAF brought effects to many communities in Tanzania and Kenya and made life of many youth to have direction.After finished form four i volunteer with the same organization to work as pay it forward.And as i writing now am a form for lever and no more time to join form five.
I can say more about AAF but for long talk find me in 0754503695 or e-mail lepilalin@yahoo.com
BYE! BYE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started volunteering with Asante Africa and I am so impressed! Having lived in East Africa I have seen many organizations such as theirs, but very few with the caliber leadership of Asante Africa. Erna is enthusiastic and inspiring and very good at volunteer management. The organization as whole is good at remaining focused on the end goal and keeping their programs focused on the community and tapping into local resources to ensure they are providing services that are needed and culturally appropriate. Thus far in my experience I would highly recommend Asante Africa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started volunteering with Asante Africa. I am pursing graduate studies and as a degree requirement I was looking for a nonprofit to do program evaluation with. Asante Africa staff has been very open and transparent about their work and have given me all the opportunity and time so I can get a better grasp of their projects. Even though I started with the nonprofit as a requirement for my degree, I feel a connect with my personal values and the values imbibed by the staff and the organization. I have also started volunteering on other projects. Their approach in providing access to education for girls in Africa is commendable specially as they leverage local skills and expertise and believe in empowering girls for making it sustainable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Asante Africa through LinkedIn. Intrigued, I contacted them and have started volunteering with the grants team and capacity building. Im very motivated by the mission of the organization and I'm encouraged by what this grassroots efforts is able to accomplish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new volunteer to Asante Africa as a young professional shifting careers into the nonprofit world. I've worked with multiple organizations as I work to gain experience in this new field, and Asante Africa definitely stands out as an extremely passionate, smart, organized, grassroots, locally-focused, and effective organization. Asante Africa does a wonderful job of focusing on local solutions as they hire only locals in Africa, they work not only directly with local schools and headmasters, but make sure the local leaders are the ones taking the lead on every project. Also, as an advocate of girls education and empowerment, I love Asante Africa's approach to empowering girls. They believe you cannot make change by simply putting the girls in school, but you must educate and make change in the entire community. This must include the boys and men, so that the community around the girls grows and learns with them to change the ways in which girls, their bodies, their educations, and their careers are respected and encouraged. With all these powerful ideas and actions, Asante Africa makes for an amazing experience for the children and adults involved with their programs in Africa, their staff, and their volunteer teams.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to California from Italy and looking for some interesting volunteer opportunity on International Development, my sector. I met Asante Africa in 2010 and started supporting the organization in the Monitoring and Evaluation of programs. I love Asante Africa because is aware of the importance of implementing sustainable projects, respecting the local culture and building capacities of the local staff. I saw Asante growing , and I am very proud of working with so many passionate and competent people!

kelvin rodrick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2011 is when I met asanteafrica when I was in secondary school at lowasa secondary school.Although I knew it before but I thought it responsible to help students to pay their school fees only.But in 2011 I met LEPILALI(one of asanteafrica student and he attended leadership training) then he start to teach me about leadership,about my dream,from there I got a lot of challenges in my heart even when I followed what LEPILALI tought me I saw a lot of changes then I started to know much about this wonderful org.Early in2012 I found one of program manager and ask him If I can attend LEADERSHIP TRAINING.I got the chance to attend the training.My life changed completely.I got direction of my life.I will make sure what I got from this nonprofit organization have some impact to society by PAY IT FORWARD

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit professional, it was clear from the first time I encountered the work of Asante Africa Foundation, that the organization is poised for remarkable impact in the world. Programmatically, Asante is efficient and collaborative; philosophically, Asante is humble and ever-learning; and passionately, Asante leads with a curious mind and generous heart. There are several education nonprofits that exist but none like Asante Africa Foundation, where their belief in guiding children to live their potential is practiced in the lives of all staff and volunteers who take up this important mission. Asante Africa Foundation is making a real positive difference in the lives of children in East Africa and I'm excited to continue to see them thrive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia for two years, I returned to the states feeling that something was missing. As I eventually (expectedly, rather) figured out, Africa was missing. To fill that gap I began volunteering with Asante Africa Foundation, and it has been truly incredible. While in Namibia, most of my time was spent at a rural school and it didn't take long for me to recognize some of the faults in the education system. Ironically, these are many of the same faults that Asante Africa Foundation is addressing in Kenya and Tanzania. It is so rewarding to be working with a organization that fully understands the educational needs of underserved youth and approaches it with so much passion and tenacity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

am one of the testimonies of the great work done time when kenya ourby Asante Africa Foundation. AAF got me in 2007, the time when kenya our beloved country was being tor to pieces by the post-election violence that ensued after the 2007 elections. taking me from IDP camp,paying my school fees and catering for my needs while in school by AAF put an indelible mark in my academic excellence. Their noble woprk did not stop at taking me to school and providing for me but also followed up in my academics to ensure i make it to university. As i write now, am an all-round individual shaped by the leadership academy organized by AAF at the end of every year.
after finishing my form four exams i worked as an intern in the same organization. this gave me a chance to know that AAF's work was not limited to some few individuals, the fact is that their noble work is evident in many of the kenyan and tanzanian schools and communities.
i can say much about AAF but what i really feel is that this is a light that has illuminated many people's life and it continues to do so.
i can be reached through 0725890370 or nyongesa.samson!yahoo.com for more information if what AAf has made me to be today