Empowering the future entrepreneurs

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”

Benjamin Franklin

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.


We work in East Africa. Regional offices are based out of Narok, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania
 KENYA – 28 Counties | 45 Districts | 171 Schools
TANZANIA – 11 Regions | 26 Districts | 144 Schools


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.



Educating the next generation

Develop Africa's youth through leadership, entrepreneurship, and job readiness training

Digital learning

Empower girls with health and hygiene knowledge, finance and business skills, and social skills

Digital teaching

Ensure quality education by training teachers and providing digital & low-cost resources

Digital learning

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

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Key investing, corporate, and implementing partners provide financial and organizational support to fulfill our mission at exceptionally low administrative costs (less than 10%) while also being instrumental at raising awareness.


Funding Partners

Implementing & Pro-bono Partners


10 years serving East Africa’s Youth has allowed Asante Africa Foundation to grow in scope and expertise. Those years bring to mind awards reaped by individuals working for the organization, as well as specific programs that we still work on today.