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Review for Connect Africa Foundation Inc, Newton Centre, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been following Connect-Africa for some years now and ultimately decided to become a donor to this remarkably effective, life-changing organization.

Connect-Africa (CAF) works in Uganda with the children of parents who have died of AIDS, as well as their caregivers, often grandmothers. CAF provides educational sponsorships so children eager to learn can go to school and obtain the education necessary for a bright future. In addition, CAF provides “micro-loans” to industrious people (often grandmothers) who just need seed money to start a business.

Lynn Auerbach is the founder of Connect-Africa, and her enthusiasm is backed up by incredible results. She lives in the Ugandan village for 6 months of the year, ensuring that donation dollars translate into education for children, and that the children get the supplies and support to succeed in school. She also oversees the micro-loans, screening candidates for the loans and overseeing their administration. The majority of loans are paid back, after the recipients have gotten their businesses off the ground. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to know you’ve helped significantly raise the standard of living for so many families. As a result receiving micro-loans from CAF, small businesses can thrive and their owners can become self-sufficient. Lynn gets to know the children, the grandmothers, and the business-owners. She deeply cares about them and provides practical ways for them to improve their lives. It’s really an amazingly well-run, successful organization.

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