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ORGANIZATIONAL NAME: Asante Africa Foundation, USA, Kenya and TanzaniaTION FAQS

What year was Asante Africa founded?
2006 – by Emmy Moshi (TZ) and Helen Nkuyara (KE) and Erna Grasz ( USA).
What does Asante Africa do exactly?
Asante Africa Foundation addresses the root causes of why youth are unsuccessful through educational programs and scholarships in Kenya and Tanzania. We also elevate classroom learning by strengthening teachers’ professional skills and resources, and providing leadership, entrepreneurship and job preparedness training for secondary school students. For more information, please see our About Us page.
How many schools and students?

335 schools total

  • 189 schools in Kenya
  • 159 schools in Tanzania

Government, Private and Community Schools – We work within existing schools, we do not own our schools.

How many staff?
  • KENYA – 7 staff (FTE) Kenya + 7 alumni staff= 100% local
  • TANZANIA – 10 staff (FTE) Tanzania+ 6 alumni staff= 100% local
  • USA – 5 staff (FTE|PTE) + 22 pro-bono or volunteersView our teams
What is your annual operating budget?

600k (2017)

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Where do your funds come from?
  • 70% individuals and family foundations
  • 25% grants
  • 5% other

View our list of donors and contributors

How many dollars raised in 10 years?

$6.8M over 10 years. $750K – 1m/year average

How many students on full scholarship?
What does it cost to fund an annual scholarship?

$1,000 (tuition, food, board, books, incidentals) Find out More

What is the average gift to Asante Africa?

$250 USD

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How many individual donors of AAF?
2,200 individual donors
What is AAF's fundraising/ overhead cost?
13% (9% mgmt. expenses | 4% fundraising) | 87% goes into programs
EDUCATION Program areas:
  • Scholarships and Learning in the classroom ( teachers, materials, training, technology)
  • Girls advancement (Wezesha Vijana) – sexual health, hygiene, safety, finance, economics
  • Youth Livelihoods – goal setting , leadership, job preparation, entrepreneurship – 3 year program

Find out more about our programs

Largest Donors to Date?
P&G funding the Girls Program (200K /18 mo ), Master Card Foundation funded 3year Teaching TZ Pedagogy project ( 500K/3years), 4 BOD members, Social Capitial Foundation ( Youth Leadership Program) – more details under funding section
Why Africa and why not USA?
  • It is not an Either | Or decision. Do both. Our donors give locally and globally
  • It personally resonates with our founders because they too came from humble beginnings
  • There is a tremendous need for getting children educated and $ goes far
  • We believe Education is the key to solving global issues; health, global security

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Why East Africa?
Politically stable, governments with strong focus on educational initiatives, collaborative with Non Profits
Are you faith based?
No, we are non-denomination and all inclusive. Our students and communities are from varied religious backgrounds.
What makes AAF unique?
Work at the grass roots level, child centered and holistic approach. 100% locally led staff in KE-TZ.
Why donate to Asante Africa?
Financial transparency, low overhead (87% goes to programs in country), High Impact on the ground
What does Asante mean?
Asante is the Swahili word for Great Gratitude. We created Asante Africa as the name to indicate gratitude both directions.
External Recognition for Work:
UN – Girls Education Initiative | UNESCO – Girls Program | Jefferson Award- Erna
How can I help Asante Africa without donating?

There are many ways to help Asante Africa beyond donating. We frequently have need for specific talents, research projects, and are regularly in need of ongoing skills and support.

You can also help by sharing and liking our social media platforms, FacebooktwitterlinkedinBlog.

Visit our Get Involved page to see what opportunities are available. Or contact us if you have your own ideas.


Strategic Vision:

We educate East Africa’s youth to confidently address life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy and catalyze positive change.


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


Partnership, Continuous Learning, Transparency & Accountability and Pay It Forward.

THREE STRATEGIC PROGRAMS: System Challenges require System Solutions

Our programmatic activities are structured around three key focus areas:

(1) The Girls’ Advancement Program builds social, reproductive health, and financial literacy assets in marginalized rural girls in safe space school programs, empowering them to continue with their education.

(2) Accelerated Classroom Learning activities focus on providing rural schools with 21st Century learning tools (technology and science lab equipment) and techniques (technology teaching methodology) while providing teacher professional development.

(3) Beyond the Classroom programs foster the development of personal, job-readiness, and entrepreneurship skills in rural youth through our extracurricular, collaborative, and hands-on activities.

Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring and Boy Inclusion are components of every program. Community, parental and stakeholder engagement is core to every program.

While we have three programmatic areas of focus, all are a part of an ecosystem designed to deliver educated resilient youth into the workforce and to create a community capable of managing obstacles and opportunities as they arise. At the highest level of impact we assess and measure:

  • Academic performance – Transition from primary to secondary school, secondary school graduation rates, and university qualification against national averages
  • Critical thinking skills and applied academic knowledge to broader community challenges and students’ ability to tackle community level challenges
  • Job readiness – Confidence and knowledge of how to interview, secure internships/jobs, and translate knowledge to application in the job market
  • Financial literacy – Implementation of savings programs, knowledge of the structure of a savings program, and understanding on how to create a budget for themselves, their family or their
  • Entrepreneurial data – Youth who launch entrepreneurial endeavors, facilitate family entrepreneurship, improve family livelihood potentials

Learn more about our programs

Organizational Capacity & Growth Plan

In 2013, PWC teamed with Asante Africa Foundation to develop and facilitate implementation of a Global Governance Structure. In 2015, PWC conducted a seven-point organizational assessment and facilitated an organization growth plan to meet our 2020 vision and multi-year plan. This plan is actively being implemented. Available upon request for each country and the global organization.

Populations Served:

RURAL COMMUNITIES AND YOUTH – Underserved, vulnerable rural children with specific focus on girls and “true” orphans. (Frequently known as the “Last Mile” Communities.)

Kenya Geography Summary:

21 Counties | 45 Districts | 189 Schools


Narok | Isiolo | Kajiado | Laikipia | Limuru | Marsabit Nyahururu | Nyandarua | Samburu | Siaya | Taita Taveta | Transmara | Kericho | Kiambu | Kirinyaga | Kisii | Kisumu | Meru | Molo | Muranga | Nairobi | Naivasha | Nakuru | Nandi |  Bomet | Bungoma | Eldoret

Tanzania Geography Summary:

11 Regions | 26 Districts | 153 Schools


Arusha | Kilimanjaro | Mara | Tanga | Manyara | Iringa | Morogoro | Dodoma | Dar es Salaam | Mwanza | Singida


IN THE LAST 7 YEARS, Youth Livelihood (LEI) Program has:
8,500 young people have gone through our Youth Livelihoods Training (Values Based Leadership | Job Readiness | Entrepreneurship)
  • 820 Direct LEI scholarships to cross border East Africa summit
  • Top Small Businesses started by youth ( as individuals, as teams, or with parents)
    • Exam support and tutoring
    • ICT, mobile phone charging services
    • Farm to Restaurant – Chickens for selling eggs, meat
    • Livestock health, skins, meat
    • School Gardens or Agriculture – oranges, potatos, wheat, rice,beans, vegatables
    • Beauty Services, Products
    • Selling of School supplies and Photocopying
    • Sewing |Tailoring
IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, the Girls' Advancement Program has:
9,157 girls | 3,447 mothers have directly participated in the Girls Program
  • 92% reduction on dropouts due to pregnancy
  • 50% engaging in paid work as source of income (minimizing sex for getting funds)
  • Academics up by 16% with girls now qualifying for High School Scholarships
  • Mothers now aware of human rights and places to secure help for selves | daughters
IN THE LAST 4 YEARS, the Teachers Training and Classroom Learning Program has:
  • 2,500 Teachers trained in Child centered teaching methods across 86 schools
  • 300 teachers now skilled in Digital Tools for Teaching
  • English Debate has proven to be one of the highest impact, lowest cost tool to improve critical thinking and English as base language
  • 3rd party evaluated and recommended as a model for national scaling – Endorsed by MoEVT


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US-based, Asante Africa Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization (U.S.A. EIN# 71-1010614) | Asante Africa Foundation – Tanzania (78243) and Asante Africa – Kenya (218/051/11-018/6990) are independently registered charitable NGOs in respective countries. Each organization is independently governed by all volunteer and contributing board of directors. Bios can be found on website. 100% of Global Board of Directors provide financial support, signs annual contract, attends Annual Global Strategy Planning.


100% local leadership and talent
KE-based Staff includes 1 Country Manager, 1 Finance –Admin., 2 Program Managers, 1 Scholarship Coordinator, 2 Associates, 1 M&E Consultants, 6 M&E interns

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100% local leadership and talent

TZ-based Staff includes 1 Country Manager, 1 Finance –Admin. Manager, 3 Program Managers, 1 Scholarship Coordinator, 3 Associates, 2 M&E Consultants, 3 interns

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Based in California, U.S.A. supports regional program teams located in Arusha, Tanzania and governed by Kenya board. Strategic objective todevelop this capacity in East Africa by 2020. Global Staff includes Global CEO, 3 Operational and Finance Staff Global MERL Director | 3 M&E Consultants – 3 Research Associates | 12 additional team leaders, staff ( stipend or support roles, part time)
We hire support as needed for logistics, transport, and any additional administrative assistance in the communities. We do this on an as-needed basis to keep costs low. |Additional CBOs, NGOs that complements, augments and leverages | Local staff has active long standing relationships with local DEOs, the educational system (REOs, MoEVT) , local business and community leaders. Majority of local staff has been a part of our organization for over 4 years and is skilled with extreme rural implementation.

View our USA based team


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Independent audits completed for Tanzania, Kenya, USA organizations since 2012. Fully compliant standing with NGO Commissions.

2016 Audits in Progress


2015 Annual Actuals:

Total Organization:
$ 1.2 Million USD

Kenya Organization:
$270K USD

Tanzania Organization:
$300K USD

2015 Expenses:
89% Program costs
6% Administrative costs
5% Fundraising costs
2015 Income Sources:
Individuals: 54%
Foundation/Corporate Grants: 44%
Other: 2%
Reserves and Endowment:
Globally, $120K USD


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Key Funding Partners
Accelerated Learning in Classroom
  • MCF, Anonymous, International Foundation, Khan Academy, Rotary International
Girls’ Advancement Program
  • P&G, Weyerhaeuser Family, Population Council, Caridad Partners, UNGEI
Leadership & Entrepreneurship
  • Social Capital Foundation, Golub Group, Skees Foundation, Maasai Wanderings, Equity Bank, KASNEB, ACCA, ABS Foundation
Relevent Global Partners
  • Paul Cromhout, Managing Director, Small Projects Foundation – UN Award Recipient for HIV-AIDS Prevention through Community Development – Based in South Africa
  • Richard Mabala, Managing Director, TamashaEducational and Youth Empowerment Systems Expert, Tanzania – Based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania
  • Sendeu Titus Tenga, International Programs Officer, Stromme Foundation,based in Norway
KENYA Partners
8 Community Based Organizations team with us to implement
  • Ministry of Education Science and Technology at the National Level (Letter attached herewith)
  • CBOs-Pastoralist Education and Training Initiative in Marsabit County
  • Angaza CBO in Isiolo County
  • Wamba Community Development Program in Samburu County
  • Enyuata Olosho in Laikipia County
  • District Education officer / Teachers Service Commission Director in Nyandarua County,
  • Progressive Youth Organization in Transmara Region of Narok County
  • Imani Community Development Program in Siaya County
  • Nailepu Women Organization for Kajiado County

These CBOs have built rapport with communities over time and are largely driven by passion to address pressing needs in their communities.


Dr. Elia Kalenzo Kibga, General Director of Research, Information and Publications Department, Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) Dr. Kigba holds a Diploma (Science Education), BSc (Education) as well as a Master’s and PhD (Science Education).


Dr. Andrew Mollel, The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University


NAFGEM – Network Against Female Genital Mutilation –Moshi , TZ

Relevent Awards and Recognition
  • Advancing “Beacon Schools” through child-centered teaching approaches, digital resources, and classroom application
  • Accelerating girls’ successful transition to secondary school and getting girls back in school
  • Youth Livelihoods (create and secure jobs) through Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program
  • Capacity building for the 3 countries for 2020 East Africa centric leadership
    • Fundraising – Grants
    • Monitoring – Evaluation
    • Governance


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CONTACT INFORMATION: Asante Africa Foundation, USA, Kenya, Tanzania

Contact us Today

USA Address: 337 17th St- Suite 217, Oakland ,CA 94612

Point of Contact: Erna L. Grasz , Global CEO | +1 925 367 5586 | |

Kenya Address: P.O. Box 696 – 20500 , NAROK, Kenya

Point of Contact: Bob Otigo, Acting Kenya Country Manager|+254 729 588 057|

Tanzania Address: P.O. Box 8097, Nane Nane, Arusha, Tanzania

Point of Contact: Zelote Loilang’akaki, Sr. Program Manager|+255 754 424 669|