November 21, 2017

Meghan Tisinger

Oakland, CA — — Asante Africa Foundation’s a non-profit dedicated to educating the children of East Africa, will take part in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to generosity. On November 28th, supporters can donate to Asante Africa Foundation and the money will go to improving educational opportunities for girls. Each donation will be matched by a member of the Board of Directors from Asante Africa.

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.). Kicking off the charitable season, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. This is the third year that Asante Africa Foundation has celebrated #GivingTuesday. Last year, Asante Africa Foundation raised $5,000.

“Asante Africa Foundation is once again honored to be participating in Giving Tuesday. The money we raise will go towards changing lives and bringing education to girls in Africa. By educating girls, you are preparing the next generation of women to be tomorrow’s leaders,” said Erna Grasz, Founder of Asante Africa Foundation. “Imagine the possibilities if we can bring education to each and every girl. Opening the doors to education will help break the poverty cycle, reduce gender-based violence and diminish HIV and STD rates.”

Donations raised on #GivingTuesday will go to providing sanitary products to girls so they are not forced to miss school or drop out because of menstruation. It will also go to ensuring that girls are receiving a quality education by increasing teacher training and providing digital books in classrooms.

In East Africa, girls are more likely to become child brides than complete eighth grade. There are nine million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa who will never learn to read or write. A recent report by the ONE Campaign painted a dismal picture for more than 100 million girls worldwide who are denied the basic right of an education. These uneducated girls are far too often the victims of gender violence, married as children and a forced into a poverty-stricken life with little chance of improvement.

Based in Oakland, California, Asante Africa Foundation began when Erna Grasz, a Silicon Valley executive, traveled to Tanzania and witnessed firsthand the desperate need to improve educational opportunities for the youth of Africa. Since 2007, Asante Africa Foundation has trained more than 11,000 teachers in East Africa; developed programs to keep nearly 360,000 students in school, particularly girls; and changed the future of 200+ African communities.

Asante Africa Foundation focuses their efforts on three programs aimed at providing children in Africa the opportunity to thrive in and out of the classroom. They currently have programs in 144 schools across Tanzania and in 171 schools spanning across 28 counties in Kenya. Asante Africa seeks to develop youth leadership, entrepreneurship, empower girls with health, and social and economic knowledge and skills.

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About Asante Africa Foundation
Asante Africa Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educating East Africa’s youth to tackle life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy and catalyze positive change. We partner with local communities to address the root causes preventing children from receiving a quality education and provide tools to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom. Our programs have kept nearly 360,000 students in school, trained more than 11,000 teachers and changed the future of 200+ African communities — a new generation of change agents transforming Africa and the world. Learn more at or email

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