My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Connect Africa Foundation Inc, Newton Centre, MA, USA
I am writing to introduce you to a fantastic organization called Connect Africa Foundation (CAF). Lynn, my friend and mentor, is the founder of Connect Africa. I met Lynn back in… hm....I think it was 2005ish, when I was contemplating a big change in my life. She encouraged me to explore the possibilities in Africa and in 2007 I took the plunge and made my first trip. Over the years, I have gotten to know Lynn, Connect Africa and Charles, the Ugandan Director, pretty well! Check it out at http://www.connect-africa.org/
I INVITE YOU TO GRAB A COFFEE OR DRINK, RELAX AND ENJOY A STORY ABOUT CONNECT AFRICA WITH ME.
In all honesty, what Lynn and Charles are doing is not just sponsoring kids to go to school and supporting women of the families to provide small business opportunities. THEY HAVE BUILT A FAMILY! Brothers, and sisters, Aunties and Uncles, Mothers and Fathers THAT SUPPORT AND NURTURE EACH OTHER, CHALLENGE AND ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER, AND LOVE AND CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER. Building and living by a set of values for the kids and their families that provide not only hope but a sense of "I can do this"! I can look beyond where I come from and grow into a responsible adult.
Over the years, Connect Africa has expanded! Building a COMMUNITY CENTER, LIBRARY and GUESTHOUSE to provide services to their members. Recognizing that there are limited opportunities for employment after schooling is complete, Charles and Lynn decided to build a VOCATIONAL CENTER! The school is still being built and will provide catering, carpentry, metal work, and tailoring classes to young adults. IT NEVER STOPS!!!
I have known the CAF family for years now. Meet Brenda, an amazing lady whose story is included in the attachment.-- And Emma. Ah...Emma! My first memory of Emma was on a tour of Kampala with a few of the other Connect Africa kids. He was about 14 years old. A quiet bright young boy, who has been encouraged by Connect Africa to expand and reach his potential for more than 10 years now. Over the years I have become his friend and have seen how CONNECT AFRICA HAS HELPED HIM TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF AND GIVEN HIM THE CHANCE TO THRIVE WITH ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. Now 21 and in University, Emma will graduate with a degree in Engineering, he has moved into his own apartment, stays connected with Connect Africa and enjoys spending time with his friends I AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN HE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING HE WANTS!
Connect Africa is about a way of life, a set of values, an opening of the mind to dream of possibilities, and an introduction on how to achieve those dreams!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SMALL THINGS THAT KEEP FULFILLING MY LIFE! I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE FRIENDSHIPS AT CONNECT AFRICA AND I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDSHIPS TOO!!!
As you enjoy the holiday with your family and friends, I hope that you will consider supporting Connect Africa! To check out more go to http://www.connect-africa.org/