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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Steve Hall.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend supporting Aid for Africa. As a long time employee of H2O for Life, a non-profit also doing work in Africa, I can attest to the dedication and impact of their work. Aid for Africa has been a valuable partner to us and has positively helped support our program for many years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Aid for Africa for almost a decade. They have been a supporter of many NGO's bringing vital services to the most needy in Africa. Through hard work, professionalism and vision, Barbara Rose and Aid for Africa have brought hope, partnership and funding to scores of organizations - and the people they serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Aid for Africa, as they are comprised with a wide-range of member working to make a positive impact in Africa. Aid for Africa supports a group of non-profits currently doing exceptional work in Sub-Saharan Africa and graduate students doing research. Without Aid For Africa I would not have been able to visit and conduct my own field research in Sub-Saharan Africa, working to improve agricultural systems in Rwanda.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid For Africa is a fantastic organization. They are an incredible source of information about nonprofits in Africa. They know the value of the small yet powerful nonprofits and give them the notoriety that they need and deserve. Barbara Rose is someone I have turned to often for advice or expertise and she has always been extremely knowledgable and helpful. You can always trust that your donation to this organization is going to make a substantial difference, whether it be the education of a girl, the protection of wildlife or ending the spread of HIV. I highly recommend Aid For Africa and have complete confidence and admiration for all they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Aid for Africa for over eight years and have found it to be truly deserving of a five star rating. The member organizations are all doing incredibly innovative work to help African communities rise out of poverty despite some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. And because each organization has to meet extremely rigid financial and programmatic guidelines specified by the Combined Federal Campaign, supporters can have peace of mind that their donations are going to be well spent.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with Aid for Africa for almost four years and in that time I found the director to be a knowledgeable and caring person and all of the staff to be dedicated to the mission. The work of Aid for Africa covers so many important issues such as girls' education, wildlife protection, and water availability. It was a privilege to work for an organization that contributes to the great work of so many other non-profits across the United States and Africa. One of the best things about Aid for Africa is their commitment to bringing their members together to find the best ways to work on the many issues that need attention and engagement in Africa.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa, Inc is a great source of information and connectivity with organizations working on the ground across the African continent. As western-based mediators of complex natural resources challenges, my colleagues and I are continually looking for trusted partners who can help engage locally based stakeholders, and manage disputes and dialogue processes in the areas of impact. Aid for Africa's member organizations are key to helping us identify and engage with those organizations. Thank you AfA!

1 Phillip10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Aid for Africa for over a year, and they have repeatedly proven their commitment to their mission, a strong sense of responsibility toward their constituents, and an intense drive to move the organization forward. Other nonprofits could learn a lot from Aid for Africa!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with Barbara Rose and Aid For Africa for years, I continue to be inspired by their dedication! Many groups have the talk, Aid For Africa has the walk.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of Aid For Africa is inspiring. As the mother of a young woman I am particularly grateful for the work Aid For Africa is accomplishing with it's Girls Fund. The need is great and the results are truly global in scope. The organization is extremely well run by it's Executive Director, Barbara Alison Rose. With increasing strain on everyone's finances it's necessary to be prudent with donations. Aid For Africa is truly a sound investment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known of Aid for Africa's work since 2008 in my capacity as Director of Development for A Glimmer of Hope and Water to Thrive from 2007 through 2013. Aid for Africa differentiates itself by actively supporting knowledge building and partnering with organizations like a Glimmer of Hope that do development from the bottom up, not the top down. More non-profits should follow Aid for Africa's approach to development, which is based on science, research and best practices.
I also have a strong appreciation for Barbara Rose's passionate advocacy for the work of Aid for Africa's partner organizations, as well as her collaborative and inclusive servant leadership style. I can honestly say that both A Glimmer of Hope and Water to Thrive have benefited greatly as a result of being included in the Aid for Africa umbrella.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid For Africa is an organization I am proud to support. Their dedication to women and children among the many others is critical to help solving the issues Africa is facing. The staff of AFA is dedicated and work tirelessly to provide an organization that fights for the needs of others. I support AFA and their mission and I hope many others will as well. The world needs more organizations like Aid for Africa.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa champions the human rights of girls in Africa, often one of the most overlooked and marginalized sectors of society. Its Girls Education Fund makes sure girls not only enter school but are supported throughout their education. I cannot think of a more critical effort to end the cycle of poverty-- as well as violence against girls and women-- than efforts such as this one supporting girls education.

2 Tiff_Harris

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa came into being when i was working with the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. We were approached by them with the idea of raising our profile along with other notable NGOs doing important and worthwhile work on behalf of the poor in Africa...in our case, resource-poor smallholder farmers striving to improve their livelihoods while also improving their natural resource base (soils, water, etc.) by planting high-value trees on their farms.

We found Aid for Africa to be remarkably effective and engaging, especially with respect to its emphasis on science-based agricultural development and the links that it provided us to a variety of organizations that embraced our vision and approach to supporting the rural poor. We found ourselves working with a number of organizations that we may otherwise not have even known about.

As an international research and development centre supported by over 60 donors, we greatly appreciated Aid for Africa's focus on good governance, equity, and financial transparency. It has been a pleasure to watch Aid for Africa grow over the years, broadening its influence and impact, and continuing to increase the visibility of Africa, the plight of many who live there, and showcasing creative and practical solutions to a range of challenges. I give Aid for Africa the strongest endorsement possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa is a dedicated NGO which supports a number of development organizations on the ground, working in areas such as education, health, water and sanitation, and women's empowerment. They also care deeply about research. As a graduate student, I was fortunate to receive a grant from them which allowed me to conduct field research in South Sudan.

1 Christo26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

During graduate school I volunteered for the U.N.'s ILO (via The Wharton School) in East Africa, serving Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. I noted then the inefficiencies of so very many disparate Volags/Quangos/Nonprofits working only in silos, and then I learned about Aid For Africa's consortium-like/collaborative-esque approach -- kudos to Aid For Africa and its constituent members (and member donors).

hardygirl

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had a pleasure of working with Aid for Africa as a representative of a member organization for the past three years, and I could not be more impressed. AFA is a truly innovative coalition with strong, creative leadership at the helm. I'm particularly grateful for the AFA GIrls Education initiative, which benefits nonprofits who are working on the ground, increasing the number of girls enrolled in and completing school. Keep up the good work, AFA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa is an excellent organization that provides over 85 member NGOs with a unique opportunity to collaborate on issues specific to Africa. For example, every year members are brought together for a day-long workshop with guest speakers, group discussions, and a chance to connect with like-minded nonprofits. Member NGOs like the one that I work for - Maasai Girls Education Fund - also enjoy the benefit of participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). In every respect, Aid for Africa is an exceptional model for effective and efficient nonprofit work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The dedication of the team at Aid for Africa is inspiring. I am the Executive Director of a member organization of Aid for Africa and have been working with them for five years. In every communication, meeting, or conference with them, their professionalism and passion for making a real difference is evident. In Africa, a place where a large sum of charity goes, they are making a direct and huge contribution with the work they are doing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been aware of Aid for Africa and the work for several years, through one of their member non-profits, African Children's Haven. I have visited or worked with three of ACH's Kenyan-based non-profits, beginning in 2009, and spent a week at a safe house (sponsored by ACH) for Masai girls fleeing early marriage and fgm in 2012. All three of the locally administered organizations in Kenya that I am familiar with are run with heart, compassion, integrity, high energy, and on a shoestring!

I follow the stories and results of the other Aid for Africa member non-profits through their newsletters and facebook posts, and am impressed with the scope, impact, and worth of their projects.

Sayydah G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I trust and respect Aid for Africa for its commitment and adherence to its mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa is an alliance of U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners that empowers children, families, and communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa. Its grassroots programs include education, health care, wildlife conservation, agriculture, small business creation and more. Aid for Africa serves as a uniquely effective umbrella organization for a wide variety of amazing organizations, effectively uniting dozens of tremendous groups to maximize visibility, awareness of and support for a variety of important issues. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund, a special initiative of Aid for Africa, helps girls go to school and succeed in life.