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These Numbers Have Faces, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Higher Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: These Numbers Have Faces invests in African students to lead and empower their countries.

Results: To date, These Numbers Have Faces has provided 77 university loans to students in South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda and impacts hundreds of students per year with leadership & entrepreneurship training.

Target demographics: students lead and empower their countries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 students

Geographic areas served: South Africa, Rwanda, & Uganda

Programs: Leadership Loans - Social impact loans for high achieving scholars from impoverished communities to attend top African universities. Graduates reinvest a portion of their loan for new scholars from their community. Community Impact Program - Alongside their university education, scholars complete community service, attend leadership and entrepreneurship training, and are welcomed into a supportive family of friends.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff is very responsive to my questions and even so willingly send marketing, informative materials for anyone who wants to help spread the word and understand what TNHF does. My gift was matched by the company I work for dollar-to-dollar. The staff helped me make sure that it happened. Very good communication. The regular updates on the blog is AMAZING and ADMIREABLE.

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys not only have their hearts in the right place, but their understanding of what the needs are in South Africa - and how those needs can be met by members WITHIN the community - is astounding and inspiring. I will give my support to These Numbers Have Faces for as long as they accept it.

Donor

Rating: 5

These Numbers Have Faces had such an important impact on my and my husband's life. For years, we've donated to different non-profits but TNHF was changing the world in ways we could relate to. As a soccer player, dancer and advocates of education, we are overjoyed that the things we love are making a difference in the lives of others. As military members, time is not something we can give like TNHF can, so being able to help despite where we're stationed means the world to us. We are so proud to be part of such a great organization and love telling everyone (or showing thanks to our book!) about These Numbers Have Faces. We can't wait to be able to more with you guys:)

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with this organization and their long-term partnership in South Africa. The vision and execution of that vision make this organization very effective. Great people with a great vision can do great things.

Donor

Rating: 5

The foundation that I am a board member of chose to support TNHF for the incredibly tangible results they deliver. We believe that fostering higher education is one of the more sure fire ways to create long-term sustained economic development. As financial supporters, we also greatly appreciate the high-level of communication, appreciation, and interaction that TNHF's leadership has provided.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has grown as organically and sustainably as they intend to develop communities in South Africa. I met Justin Zoradi, the director, in college and have kept up with his work over the years only to be constantly amazed at the genuine compassion and intelligence exhibited by this non-profit. They have created something that few non-profits can do: a project that will end if all goes well. As such, I am proud to represent their work in my classroom. I recently taught a lesson to a Public Speaking class at Arizona State University dealing with the use of language and the use of ethical messages to communicate and persuade about big ideas. As a class, we examined this group's webpage and had a discussion about how this group's communication is making a difference. My students were excited to see a direct example of the principles that we discussed and, more importantly, an example of what young people can do for and with each other to change the world. TNHF is doing that, and doing it well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know a number of people involved with TNHF from volunteers to the chair of the board. I am continually impressed with their attention to detail that is coupled with their laser-sharp focus on the long-term vision - which is to go out of business! That really should be the goal of any development organization... that they help reduce poverty to the point that they are no longer relevant. TNHF is well equipped to handle the messy process that is development. They have the relationships, resources and vision to do some real good, long-term work in South Africa and be a catalyst to empower local leaders to change their communities forever.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about These Numbers Have Faces through Facebook, and thought it sounded cool. When checking it out I noticed they had an awesome t-shirt design and so I bought it. I get a ton of compliments on the shirt, I know the money went to a good cause, and so I bought a bunch as gifts for friends. Now I pay attention to the charity, know about the cause and the need for education in the townships, and am really impressed by the methods These Numbers Have Faces uses to reach the public and help get education opportunities to youth and thus help a whole community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization. TNHF is grassroots, but that doesn't mean they're not professional in approaching tough issues in South Africa. The organization has taken the time to understand the communities where they are working, and to provide options for South African young adults who can truly impact their country for good. I also appreciate the creative ways TNHF fundraises. As a donor, they keep me informed and educated as to how the money I give is impacting individuals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got to know the founder, Justin Zoradi, when we both were in Belfast together in 2005 - 2006. Since that time, I have kept close tabs on These Numbers Have Faces and what they are doing. I have been very impressed by their work with the soccer and dance teams that they support in South Africa. More importantly, they are enabling these kids to get a University education through sponsorships and have an economic model in place where they give back after graduation. I have been impressed by how they are run operationally. The videos and pictures that they put together are top notch. I have received hand written thank you notes from their staff and they are very passionate about what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are hundreds of non-profit organizations out there, each with its own mission and goals. Sometimes it seems like giving money to help impoverished children is like throwing pennies into a bottomless well, or getting stuck running through a revolving door with no end in sight. Although the charities that take care of these kids are important and they should receive support, it is overwhelming to hear that 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation (2006 United Nations Human Development Report). Or that 15 million children worldwide were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (State of the world's children, UNICEF, 2005). Don't lose hope! We CAN make a difference! Despite all the statistics, you should always remember: These Numbers Have Faces. The global impoverished youth is not merely a tally mark on a bar graph, or a distant intangible cause. These are real people, with hopes and dreams, fears and doubts, and optimism and motivation beyond that which we can comprehend given their circumstances. These Numbers Have Faces is a unique community impact model through which South African youth are given the opportunity to receive a college education with the goal of creating a sustainable culture of reinvestment and mentorship. There are no better people to help a community than those who have been raised within it, whose families and friends depend on their support, and who have a personal and passionate interest in helping their townships succeed. Recently, These Numbers Have Faces has been able to start an initiative to raise $50,000 for a Women's Empowerment Fund, to support township girls as they pursue college educations, which many of them did not think could happen in their lifetimes. Students are nominated by township leaders and undergo an extensive application process to ensure their commitment to their community and their personal growth. The accepted students are required to maintain good grades, participate in community service, learn about financial literacy, and set examples for children and other youth in their neighborhoods. Throughout the process, they have community mentors from the JL Zwane Church or Football Club, and they also have the individual and group support of their friends here in the U.S. By donating to These Numbers Have Faces, you can have a personal relationship with one of the students in South Africa. You can send encouraging e-mails and letters, get updates on final exam completion and college graduation, and you can actually see your donations making a difference in the lives of the youth. These Numbers Have Faces is an organization with a goal of sustainability, which means one day the students who have been a part of this community impact model will be the township leaders, working to reduce poverty and improve the quality of the communities in which they live. For These Numbers Have Faces to go out of business because the students you helped encourage and support are doing such a great job of reinvesting their resources and their talents into their communities will be awesome. We should all get together and celebrate on the day These Numbers Have Faces can contentedly close its doors...I'll provide the pizza, you guys bring the drinks.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These Number Have Faces is a hazardous organization to your apathy. By putting a face, a person, and a story behind real world, solvable problems, they provide both the motive and the opportunity to assist those in need. While I know that I can't change the world, TNHF helps my money make an impact by supporting real, living, breathing people, and works to support an bring opportunities to those in need. Their community impact model is brilliant. It supports those involved in the program, and provides a means for the continuation of this great cause. Their website is clean, functional, and welcoming. Their marketing materials are top-notch. You can tell that they pour their heart into everything they do, and that's exactly the type of nonprofit I want to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is tremendous in their efforts to assit not only the women of South Africa, but ultimately, through them, the greater South African community. Meaningful relationships is the counduit of all they do; through this intimate and hands-on approach, communities are being tranformed and will eventually be able to lift themselves out of poverty through education. I wholeheartedly believe in the excellent leadership of this organization and know that the affects of their work will ultimately reach farther and wider than South Africa.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These Numbers Have Faces is a first-rate international development nonprofit. Their work outside Cape Town, SA defies the traditional development model. That's why I was initially drawn to their programs. What began with youth soccer players in the townships has grown into an encompassing community 'to end poverty' model. It's quite fantastic. I'm personally motivated by their mission and the wonderful people working behind the scenes at TNHF. Keep up the good work!