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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).

Find out more about the origins and founders of Asante Africa.

What is your Strategic Vision and Mission?
Strategic Vision
We educate East Africa’s youth to confidently address life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy and catalyze positive change.
Mission
To educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.
What are your core values?
Partnership, Continuous Learning, Transparency, Accountability, and “Pay it Forward”

Is Asante Africa a registered 501(c)3?
Yes, Asante Africa is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization (U.S.A. EIN# 71-1010614) | Asante Africa – Tanzania (78243) and Asante Africa – Kenya (218/051/11-018/6990) are independently registered charitable NGOs in respective countries.
What work does Asante Africa do?

Through educational programs and scholarships in Kenya and Tanzania, Asante Africa addresses the root cause of why youth are unsuccessful. We also elevate classroom learning by strengthening teachers’ professional skills and resources, and provide leadership, entrepreneurship and job readiness training for secondary school students. For more information, please see our Programs page.

What programs does Asante Africa have?
  • Scholarship Program
  • Accelerated Learning in the Classroom Program provides teachers with Classroom Tools, Learner-Centered Educational Models, Intensive Teacher Training, and Digital & Low-Cost Resources with a focus on creating a highly engaging learning environment for students and the support teachers need.
  • Girls’ Advancement (Wezesha Vijana) Program builds skills in social, reproductive health, and financial literacy, for marginalized girls in rural Africa, by creating safe spaces , empowering them to continue with their education. (sexual health, hygiene, safety, finance, economics)
  • Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator (LEI) Program is a 3 year curriculum that fosters the development of personal, job-readiness, and entrepreneurship skills in rural youth through our extracurricular, collaborative, and hands-on activities. Pay it Forward is an integral part to LEI, initiatives developed by youth to benefit their peers, families and communities have led to a far greater impact. Some projects include, leadership and peer mentoring clubs, youth-based businesses, and community NGOs.
How many schools with our programs?
91 schools in Kenya (*Estimated up to 2018)
87 schools in Tanzania (*Estimated up to 2018)
(Government, Private and Community Schools – We work within existing schools, we do not own our schools)

What impact have your programs created?
Our programs have impacted over 447,000 lives. Full details of each programs impact can be found in our impact reports.
How many staff?
KENYA – 10 staff, 100% local
TANZANIA – 15 staff, 100% local
USA – 8 staff + pro-bono and volunteers
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Where do your funds come from?
64% Individuals and family foundations
25% Corporate & Grants
11% Other (Kenya, Tanzania, other)
What is covered in a full scholarship?
The full scholarship is $1,000/year, for Primary, Secondary and University. This covers tuition, food, boarding, books, uniforms, incidentals etc. Find out more about scholarships.
How many students have been a part of the Scholarships Program?

Currently, we have 126, but have advanced over 300 since the beginning of the program. We are only limited by contributions for supporting more children. Read more about scholarships.

What are Asante Africa's expenses and overhead costs?

9% Administration | 4% Fundraising | 87% Programs

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 Asante Africa Foundation unique?
We work at the grassroots level, are child-centered and have a holistic approach. We have a 100% locally led staff on the ground in Kenya and Tanzania, developing and implementing our programs.
Why donate to Asante Africa?
Financial transparency, low overhead (87% goes to programs in country), high impact on the ground. We work with local communities, businesses, government, and schools to create curriculum made for students in East Africa. We work within the existing education systems to help the students succeed academically.
What does Asante mean?
Asante is the Swahili word for “Great Gratitude”.
How can I help Asante Africa without donating?

There are many ways to help Asante Africa beyond donating.

  • Volunteer – We frequently have need for specific talents, research projects, and are regularly in need of ongoing skills and support. Visit our Get Involved page to see the available opportunities.
  • Fundraisers – Create a fundraiser on Facebook, or host a fundraiser of your own.
  • Sign up for our newsletter.
  • Join our Community – You can also help by sharing and liking our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Blog.
  • Shop AmazonSmile – Designate Asante Africa Foundation as your preferred charitable organization on AmazonSmile. Amazon donates .5% of all purchase prices to your favorite charitable organization. (Only works on web browser and not the app)
  • Gifts – Purchase gifts such as coffee, locally made jewelry and crafts.
  • Donate Stocks.
  • Give frequent Flyer Miles.
  • Contact us if you have your own idea on how to contribute.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY

What is the 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.

What populations do you serve?

We work in the rural communities of Kenya and Tanzania, with in-need, vulnerable youth and children. (Frequently known as the “Last Mile” Communities.)

Which counties and districts of Kenya do you work in?

Turkana | Narok | Isiolo | Kajiado | Laikipia | Marsabit | Nyandarua | Samburu | Siaya | Taita Taveta | Kericho | Kiambu | Kirinyaga | Kisii | Kisumu | Meru | Murang’a | Nairobi | Nakuru | Nandi | Bomet | Bungoma | Uasin Gishu | Elgeyo-Marakwet |  Nyamira | Migori | Lamu | Garissa | West Pokot

What regions of Tanzania do you work in?

Arusha | Kilimanjaro | Mara | Tanga | Manyara | Iringa | Morogoro | Dodoma | Dar es Salaam | Mwanza | Singida | Shinyanga | Tabora | Mbeya | Pwani | Simiyu | Rukwa | Geita

GOVERNANCEBOARD OF DIRECTORS STAFF

Each organization is independently governed by a contributing board of directors. 100% of Global Board of Directors provide financial support, sign annual contracts, and attend annual global strategy planning. Individual bios can be found on website. 

KENYA STAFF:

Kenya Team includes: Program Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Program Coordinators (one for each program), Finance and Operations Manager, Regional Coordinators, Alumni Staff, and Interns.

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TANZANIA STAFF:

Tanzania Staff includes: Program Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Program Coordinators (one for each program), Finance and Operations Manager, Regional Coordinators, Alumni Staff, and Interns.

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GLOBAL OPERATIONS SUPPORT STAFF:

Based in California, U.S.A., and led by the global CEO, the team supports both the Kenya and Tanzania teams with Grant Writing, Monitoring and Evaluation, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources. 

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(We hire support as needed for logistics, transport, and any additional administrative assistance. We do this on an as-needed basis to keep costs low.Majority of local staff has been a part of our organization for over 4 years and is skilled with extreme rural implementation.)

FINANCIAL HEALTH OF ORGANIZATION

Globally, we strive to provide financial transparency for every dollar donated and received.

Contact us if you have any questions.

View Financials and 990s.

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

2018 Audits in Progress

PARTNERS

Strong partnerships with public, private, and policy entities which embrace innovation and knowledge sharing, and share our compassion for youth, continue to be key to the growth and sustainability of our programs. We foster the relationships we’ve built and strategically establish new ones, resulting in positive impact on our programs and participants.

Together, we work to build our community networks, share knowledge, leverage resources, and utilize each other’s unique expertise to build a resilient, talented, and resourceful next generation.

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RELEVENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

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  • 2018 – Girls Not Brides – Global Partnership Committed To Ending Child Marriage And Enabling Girls To Fulfill Their Potential.
  • 2018 – Gratitude Network Fellowship, awarded to CEO, Erna Grasz
  • 2016 – UNGEI, United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative recognized Wezesha Vijana as a Best Practice to Do “Good” for Girls.
  • 2016 – Hult Prize Judge, CEO, Erna Grasz, hosted by Clinton Global Initiative, San Francisco
  • 2015 – UNICEF awards a UN Girls Education Initiative grant for promising practice
  • 2015 – WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, given to Mary Kwena 
  • 2015 – Anne Kikoku, Named Outstanding Woman of Likipia County, Kenya
  • 2014 – Asante Africa Foundation’s Wezesha Vijana Program was recognized as a promising best practice in girls health education in UNESCO (2014) – Good Policy & Practice in Puberty Education & Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • 2014 – CEO, Erna Grasz, received a “Distinguished Engineering” Award for her innovation in developing countries.
  • 2013 – CEO, Erna Grasz was recipient of the USA Jefferson Award for public service
  • 2012African International Achievers Award (AFIA) received by Kenya Program Manager for innovation in Education and creating lasting contributions to change the lives of Africans in Africa or around the world.
  • 2012Khan Academy funded Asante Africa to translate over 1000 Math, Science, English videos into Swahili. Currently free and available at Khan Academy Kiswahili.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

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Global Office

Mailing Address: Asante Africa Foundation, 1334 Carlton Place, Livermore, CA 94550

Address: 1141 Catalina Dr Ste. 213, Livermore, Ca 94550

Phone: +1 925-292-0245 | Email: info@asanteafrica.org

Regional Office – Tanzania

Mailing Address: PO Box 8097, Arusha, Tanzania

Phone: + 255 (0) 754 340 188 | Email: Ewald Tesha at etesha@asanteafrica.org

Regional Office – Kenya

Mailing Address: PO Box 696 – 20500, Narok, Kenya

Phone: +254 (0)722 707 398 | Email: Patriciah Muigai at pmuigai@asanteafrica.org