Everyone has talent and potential but not everyone has access to opportunities. Asante Africa Foundation is a strong, vibrant, and engaged global team that connects youth in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda from “off the paved road” communities to programs that empower them to confidently address life’s challenges and opportunities, thrive in the global economy, and catalyze positive change.
WHAT WE DO
Rooted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Asante Africa achieves results through a set of interconnected programs designed to alleviate poverty by fostering the development of educated and resilient youth. Programs emphasize quality learning in the classroom, gender equity, work-life skills, and the power of technology. Students develop the cognitive skills, decision-making capacity and leadership qualities needed to succeed far beyond the classroom.
Develop Africa’s youth through leadership, entrepreneurship, and job readiness training.
Empower girls with health and hygiene knowledge, finance and business skills, and social skills.
Ensure quality education by training teachers and providing digital & low-cost resources.
Award scholarships to gifted students to provide better chances to succeed.
Co-founder and CEO Erna Grasz met Emily Moshi from Tanzania and Hellen Nkuraiya from Kenya on a visit to Africa in 2005. Inspired by their shared passion and vision of enhancing education in rural East Africa, they founded Asante Africa Foundation in 2007. With a business and corporate world background, Erna leveraged her skills to be the CEO of the nonprofit. In 2012 she left the corporate world to support the organization full-time. Since its inception Asante Africa has significantly impacted over 600,000 lives through its award-winning educational, life skills, entrepreneurial, and leadership programs. All stakeholders – local and national government, community, and the youth themselves – actively participate in iterative program development.