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ABOUT US

Everyone has talent and potential but not everyone has access to opportunities. We work to address this gap by partnering with local schools and communities in East Africa to provide youth the educational resources and support they need to reach their full potential. With input from parents, local leaders, and young people themselves, our programs educate and empower youth from communities “off the paved road” and prepare them with life skills and confidence to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. 

OUR MISSION

Educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.

We Serve East Africa’s Most Vulnerable Youth

WHERE WE WORK

Country HQ Offices : 
Narok, Kenya 
Arusha, Tanzania 
Kassanda, Uganda 
Livermore, CA

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.

OUR FOUNDING STORY

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.

OUR CAPACITY AND GROWTH PLAN

Over the last 15 years, we have learned, refined, and strengthened our model based on evidence, external evaluations, and ongoing feedback from the youth we serve and their communities.

As we look to the future, monitoring and evaluation remains central to our growth model. So too does engagement at the local level. Guided by the inputs of our in-country teams and local youth leaders, by 2025, our programs will empower 1,600,000 young people in rural East Africa with skills and knowledge to become effective change agents.

OUR PARTNERS

Our partners provide the financial and organizational support necessary for Asante Africa to fulfill its mission. These individuals, corporations, and institutions share our belief that Africa’s youth have the potential to change the world if given access to opportunity. With their support, we are able to operate at low administrative cost and direct our energies to developing programs that educate and empower the next generation. While we gratefully accept funding from faith-based organizations, we do not accept funding that requires Asante Africa to deviate from our entirely secular, non-political mission.

Funding Partners

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family-bank
usaid
dcode
Belizean Grove
summitry
masaii-wanderings
kenya-red-cross
rotary
discovertz
scf
asante-capital-group
making-cents
youth-power
kwetu-tz
albert-baker-fund
lawrence-livermore
nasikia-camps
tullow
p&g
sopa-kenya
quest
tauck

Implementing & Pro-bono Partners

Embassy of Japan in Kenya
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for-god-and-country
worldreader
turkana
uhuru-na-umoja
lewa wildlife conservancy
cheza-nami
tamasha
brac
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leadership-dynamics
youth-dream-mapping
youth-leadership-club
harambee
world-bank
WE
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zs
world-possible
teach-a-man-to-fish
s4ye