7th Grade, Tanzania. Samuel, Janel, and Lucy
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.
Educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.
To deliver educated, resilient African youth capable of managing obstacles and opportunities, from rural and frequently forgotten areas, into the workforce and global community .
Our areas of focus on Girls’ Advancement, Accelerated Classroom Learning, and Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship are backed by a foundation of Community and Parental Engagement, Teacher Engagement and Training, and Community Reinvestment.
Africa is home to several of the world’s fastest-growing economies and the youngest population. In Sub Saharan Africa, youth aged 15-25 will represent over 50% of the working population by 2020. In rural East Africa, 66% of children lack access to quality education or are insufficiently prepared to secure a livelihood beyond day to day survival.
Quantitative and qualitative data demonstrates that our programs are improving school retention, problem solving skills, and livelihood preparation. Fundamentally, we give hope and build skills in youth to pursue their dreams.
In 2007, Silicon Valley corporate executive and engineer, Erna Grasz, Tanzanian entrepreneur, Emmy Moshi, and Kenya Maasai school principal, Hellen Nkuraiya, joined forces to tackle the educational and life-skill gap among African Youth with their shared passion for youth and education.
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 local management and staff (located in East Africa) have active and long standing relationships with existing schools, communities, community based organizations, and officials. The majority of local staff have been a part of Asante Africa Foundation for over 4 years with expertise implementing programs in extreme rural environments. Each local organization is independently governed by an all volunteer and contributing board of directors leveraging best practices and contextually relevant programming. 100% of the Global Board of Directors provides financial support and guide global strategy. A lean-staffed USA “back office” is supported by a strong volunteer team.
In 2013, PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) teamed with Asante Africa Foundation to develop and facilitate implementation of a multi-year action plan. In 2015, PWC conducted a seven-point organizational assessment and facilitated an organizational growth plan to meet our 2020 vision and multi-year plan. This plan is being actively implemented. Available upon request