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Asante Africa Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, United States of America. Its mission is to empower children through education by increasing access to education and improving the quality of learning for children in East Africa. Its approach is in creating safe and healthy learning environments, strengthening teaching quality, and providing merit-based scholarships.
Asante Africa Foundation was established in 2006 by three women: Erna Grasz, a Silicon Valley corporate executive with an advanced degree in engineering, Emmy Moshi, a Tanzanian entrepreneur residing in the Kilimanjaro region and Hellen Nkuraiya, a school principle and esteemed member of the Kenyan Maasai tribe. What began as a two-village project, led by three women with a passion for youth and education, has expanded to 18 partnerships (and counting) with schools in 22 villages in Kenya and Tanzania. Over 460 teachers and 25,000 students have directly benefitted from primary and secondary school scholarships, training for youth and teachers and the 50-plus infrastructure projects completed to date, including classrooms, student dormitories, latrines and water tanks. Our success and continued growth is due to our reliance on local knowledge and expertise to develop solutions that are viable and sustainable in the communities and cultures where we work.
Asante Africa believes in the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they can live their potential. We know that enriched minds collectively create better solutions to whatever challenges their communities face. Children who stay in school earn higher wages and tend to have smaller families that are vaccinated, well nourished and educated. They gain the skills to start community businesses, find their voice and choose peaceful paths to positive change.
Children living in extreme rural poverty trail their urban counterparts in access to education and the privilege to seek improved life opportunities. Asante Africa Foundation’s (AAF) programs provide sustainable solutions that help disadvantaged children gain a solid education. Our comprehensive approach targets the root causes of why children are not attending school or are underachieving when they are in school. Our success and continued growth is due to our reliance on local knowledge and expertise to develop solutions that are viable and sustainable in the communities and cultures where we work. We invest our resources locally, in the countries where we work. This helps boost local economies and keeps costs low.
Asante Africa Programs
ASANTE AFRICA PROGRAMS
- Create Safe and Healthy Learning Environments (eliminating barriers to education)
- Strengthen Teaching Quality and Enhance Learning in Schools (engaging students in the classroom through child-centered learning and critical thinking)
- Merit-Based Scholarships and Leadership Development (building the next generation of leaders with targeted support)
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