Mission: To educate and empower a new generation of change agents whose dreams and actions can help transform the future for Africa and the world.
About the organization: Founded in 2007 by American Erna Grasz, Tanzanian Emily Moshi, and Kenyan Hellen Nkuraiya, the Asante Africa Foundation works to alleviate poverty in rural Africa by fostering the development of educated and resilient youth through interconnected programs that help them develop the cognitive skills, decision-making capacity, and leadership qualities needed to succeed.
Current programs: The organization's programs connect disadvantaged rural youth to knowledge and opportunities, cultivating informed, resilient community leaders able to address local challenges and become active participants in the global economy. They include the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program, which provides youth with leadership skills and entrepreneurship and job readiness training; the Wezesha Vijana Program, which empowers girls with health and hygiene knowledge, finance and business skills, and social skills; the Accelerated Learning in the Classroom Program, which uses digital and low-cost resources to deliver intensive, learner-centered training to teachers; and a Scholarship Program that helps gifted youth — from fourth grade to college students — to stay in school.
COVID-19 response: The foundation's COVID-19 Resources webpage shares information about the coronavirus pandemic and how to stay safe, as well as resources for adults and children experiencing stress or domestic violence.
Website: Visitors to the Asante Africa Foundation site can learn about the impact of the organization's various programs, download reports and other resources, check out the blog for the latest developments, sign up to receive the newsletter, and/or find out how to get involved through internships and volunteer opportunities, virtual events, or by making a donation.
Funding: Asante Africa Foundation is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.