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Just One Africa, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, International, International Development, Water, Women, Women's Centers

Mission: Just One Africa is a 501(c)3 nonprofit partnering with local leaders in Kenya to create sustainable solutions for orphans and vulnerable children by addressing the clean water crisis and creating hope through care, education, and community development. Access to clean, safe water is a catalyst for change and the first step to elevating communities from of a cycle of sickness and poverty to one of health and hope.

Results: As of March 2018, we have distributed over 4200 water filters to widows, families, schools, and orphanages. These filters have brought clean, safe drinking water to over 105,000 people. We have completed a number of school buildings, and have built 3 kitchens to feed children at an orphanage, school and rescue center. We have provided bunk beds, mattresses, bedding, mosquito nets, hundreds of chairs, cups and plates, basic hand tools, a farm plow, built a number of rocket stoves, bought dairy cows, malaria medicine for an orphanage, purchased a full curriculum for grades k-3 for a new school and installed a solar powered lighting system for an orphanage home to allow the children to do homework after dark. Each time we travel to Kenya, we take with us children's clothes, shoes, and educational materials donated by schools along with sports equipment. We have so much more to do... In 2016, we completed first deep-water well! This will provide a reliable source water for a school and rescue center, for hundreds of families in a drought-stricken area of Kenya, irrigation for crops, as well as provide a sustainable source of income for the school and rescue center. Our bracelets for clean water program has been extremely successful. We have an online store where you can purchase beautiful, handmade bracelets, each providing over 200,000 gallons of clean water. Find out more and shop at https://shop.justoneafrica.org.

Target demographics: Orphans, neglected children and street children. Widows who are raising children by themselves. Families who are getting their drinking water from unimproved water sources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provide clean water for 30,000 people and build a school building and dormitories.

Geographic areas served: Kenya

Programs: Vulnerable Children, Clean Water, Orphan Support, Trauma Therapy, Widow Support, Women Empowerment, Sustainable Projects and Community Development.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just One Africa is an amazing organization whose volunteers are committed to enriching the lives of others. They are truly passionate about everything they do and make beautiful jewelry on top of it all! I am happy to have gotten to know Just One and to be a small part of their mission to change the world for the better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So grateful to have been introduced to this amazing ministry this year! Not only is it serving the desperate needs of people a continent away, it has continually awakened gratitude in my heart for how much my family and I have been blessed with here. Thankful for the difference they are making in so many lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with this organization! The leadership, and volunteers have such a heart for serving and making a difference in the lives of others. I am thankful for the reminder that "Just One" can make a huge difference!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Just One Africa and the opportunity to serve through this great organization! I love what they stand for and that they are helping so many have clean drinking water, not to mention sharing the saving knowledge of Jesus!! The bracelets and necklaces are SO beautiful and I have been blessed to help out with these projects!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with Just One Africa and have bought several bracelets from them, including teacher gifts this past year. If you haven't seen them, you're missing out! Aside from the bracelets, I love that they are influencing people's lives by meeting their most basic needs first. And it's nice to know the tangible result of your purchase or contribution to a cause. With Just One Africa, there is no guessing where your money is going. With the purchase of just one bracelet, you are providing 200,000 gallons of clean water. Every bracelet sold is a huge WIN for this community. This organization is making a great impact in Kenya.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Just One Africa since its inception. I fully support its purpose to provide clean drinking water to people in Africa and to provide needed supplies to orphans there as well. I have seen firsthand the passion and enthusiasm of its founder, Clay Churchill. I have seen pictures of the smiling faces of the people that he has helped. It is a privilege to support this worthwhile organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just One is a great mission led by an even greater group of people. Spend 5 minutes with the leaders and you cant help but want to be on their next trip with them! You can donate your money/time without any concern in knowing that your seeds will come back with a huge harvest!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The passion that Just One Foundation has for helping others is like glitter, once you touch it you seem to find it everywhere. I love being a part of this incredible organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone can relate to the mission of Just One Africa as the need for clean water is universal. Multiple avenues for participation are available so that people from all walks can help lift lives and experience the feeling of joy that comes with it. Whether providing clothing, educational supplies, buying a bracelet, or donating financially in any amount, all are important contributions that Just One uses to enrich the lives of the African people. The passion of this organization is truly wonderful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just One Africa (JOA) is an exciting organization that has endeavored in a mission that seems daunting at first until you realize that its staff, volunteers and board members have remarkable foresight in being able to successfully plan their projects. Working within the framework of partnering with local communities in western Kenya has enabled JOA to see the continuity of projects even when its members are millions of miles away. As a result within 2 years of the start of the organization, they have made such an incredible impact in the lives of the communities in Western Kenya. Within the two years, they have been successful in increasing productivity of the orphanage farm that serves both to support the nutritional needs of the orphanage as well as source of revenue for the orphanage. They have improved the orphanage infrastructure through expansion of dorms, classrooms, improvement of sanitation facilities. When you see the structure that had no walls, no roof that served as a classroom. To seeing the smiling faces of those same children learning in a classroom that is a proper shelter, with black boards and teaching materials then you realize that whatever you do to support JOA truly impacts the lives of God’s very own children and this is a great honor and joy to be able to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the rich opportunity to travel with the founders of Just One Africa to Kenya and observed first hand what they do. Their vision is clear and intentional - to help those that have great basic needs: clean water through water filters, medical clinics, food and clothing to widows, orphans, and families in the slums, and donations of educational supplies and musical instruments to schools to name just a few of their areas of impact! Because I know my donation truly goes for the designated need, I choose Just One Africa to be my charity of choice. I'm grateful that I can make a difference in the lives of others through this organization. I'm truly impressed with the "heart" of the founders and board of Just One Africa and the opportunity they afford me to be "just one"! A Grateful Heart

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just one Africa is run by a phenomenal group of people. They have a passion for Christ and earn to share his love with others who don't know it. They have made a profound difference in many Kenyans lives through their distribution of educational supplies, clothes, medical supplies, and live saving water filters. They never let setbacks get them down and are always coming up with creative ways to solve problems that occur. Their work will continue to save lives long after they leave

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Just One Africa. I can never put into words the love and dedication that the founders have for this organization. They spend countless hours giving of their own time to make sure that every detail is covered and they do it with such passion. They both have full-time jobs but treat Just One Africa as a full time job also. To tell you the truth, I am not sure when they sleep.
I have been able to volunteer with the bracelet project, in which Just One Africa takes beautiful beads from the women of the Masai tribe and turns the beads into magnificent bracelets. 100% of the money they receive from the bracelet project goes back to the Masai tribe.
Not only has Just One Africa impacted my life but it has also impacted my children’s lives. My children have spent time with the founders and their family and have seen the devotion they have for the people in Africa. This so inspired them that they wanted to find a way to raise money to send to Africa. My seven year old daughter collected donated items from her Girl Scout troop and my 10 year old son cleaned out his room and they had a yard sale. They also had a lemonade stand during the yard sale and they gave all the profits from the lemonade stand and the yard sale to Just One Africa. I am so proud that they are learning to put others first through the actions of Just One Africa.
The part I love the most about Just One Africa is, not only do they provide clean water to thousands of people of Africa, but they support an amazing orphanage. Just One goes beyond just giving money to orphanages but takes it a step further. They not only give money for the daily needs, they teach the children how to become self-sustaining, active members in their society. One project that I had the honor of giving towards was building a bread oven so the children could learn how to make bread and sell it to the surrounding communities. This not only provided the orphanage with money but it taught the children a trade that they will have forever.
If you are interested in getting involved with a charity, I would highly recommend Just One Africa. Their fervor and empathy for the people of Africa is contagious.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's nice to know that virtually 100% of my donations go right to addressing the needs of others in Africa. Most charities use a significant portion of their donations to pay administrative expenses, but Just One Africa has very little overhead so my donations have a greater impact on improving the lives of others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible Organization that does so much to help bring clean water to people in Africa! Amazing board of directors and volunteers who are changing the world one person at a time! So thankful for this Non-Profit, you can really see where your money goes and I can't wait to help them in any other way I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just One for Africa is making it possible for families in Africa to have reliably clean water, not only the first time in their lives, but for a lifetime. The leadership team of Just One have an incredible passion to provide food, water and supplies to those that need them the most. This passion is contagious to all who come into contact with them.

6 Gina59

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with donating money and supplies for Just One Africa for a couple of years. I would not even know where to begin to describe the incredible work that they do. The leaders of Just One Africa are amazing individuals and stewards of God's kingdom. If you are looking for a GREAT non profit to support, look no further than Just One Africa because you have found the best one out there!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just One Africa is making a huge difference
in the world. You can really see where your
donations go. Widows and orphans are being
provided for and learning sustainability as well.
Just One founders have a passion to see the
African people touched with the love of
God in practical ways. I would highly recommend
Just One Africa, Inc. the next time you have
the desire to make a difference in the world!
If you care about safe drinking water
for the African people, Just One Africa cares
too! They are providing water filter systems to provide
safe drinking water for these people!
It is wonderful to know that I can be a part
of this organization and be "just one" making a
difference in the world.

6 Tina53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am excited to have an opportunity to work with Just One. This organization is doing great things in Africa. They have multiple projects going on simultaneously giving volunteers plenty of options to get involved. They have programs to provide clean water by way of filtration kits, food, sustainable farming, education for the children, etc. The founders are closely involved keeping contributors constantly updated through Facebook, thank you letters and fantastic pictures of their trips posted to their website allowing everyone to see how each contribution impacts the children and communities around them.

Recently a friend and I who love to sew handmade 26 dresses for the girls at the orphanage supported by Just One. I was totally speechless when I logged into Facebook and saw 26 BEAUTIFUL little smiling faces wearing the dresses we sent. It was so amazing to be able to see what an impact two office ladies with sewing machines could make on children clear across the world! This picture remains at my desk as a reminder that JUST ONE person, in this case two, can make an enormous impact on the lives of others if we just get involved.