We are a strong, vibrant, and engaged global team committed to empowering East Africa’s youth to confidently address life’s challenges and opportunities, thrive in the global economy, and catalyze positive change. Because complex system challenges require system solutions, we deliver an ecosystem model of interconnected programs that encourage, educate, train, and apply knowledge to life challenges. Programs are managed by local staff and delivered in concert with global support and key partners in the communities where we work.
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, resilient youth. Educational programs are entirely implemented by community-based local staff in “off the paved road” locations.
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.
Since its inception in 2007, Asante Africa Foundation has significantly impacted over 600,000 lives through its award-winning educational, life skills, entrepreneurial, and leadership programs in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Programs are inclusive of academics with age-appropriate life skills development, a specific focus on gender-equitable education, hands-on skill-building, and a foundational aspect of paying it forward. All stakeholders – local and national government, community, and the youth themselves – actively participate in iterative program development.
Co-founder and CEO Erna Gasz, was raised by an immigrant father and an orphaned mother in the deep south of Mississippi and Texas. On a visit to the Africa in 2005, she met Emily Moshi from Tanzania and Hellen Nkuraiya from Kenya. Inspired by their vision of enhancing education in rural East Africa, they founded Asante Africa Foundation. Erna leveraged her leadership and business skills to balance her roles as a corporate leader and CEO of the nonprofit. She has received numerous awards including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the “Distinguished Engineering” award for innovation in developing countries, and the Gratitude Award from the Gratitude Network.