- Organization Name:AFRICA SOLUTION FOUNDATION
- Address:766 66th Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
The mission of Africa Solution Foundation is to provide to African families, the knowledge, tools, and support needed to improve their education, health, and economic sustainability for a better quality of life.
EMPOWERING POOR WOMEN AND YOUTH IN AFRICA
Over the last decade, as a result of the civil war, the health care system has deteriorated and has been unable to meet the basic health needs of the majority of its population with chronic shortages of equipment, medicine, and health care personnel. Life expectancy averages 44 years of age, with HIV/AIDS and malaria as the leading causes of death. Almost half of women do not deliver their babies in health facilities without heightens the risk of maternal and neonatal death. Only 13 percent of women used any form of modern contraception to space or limit births.
To overcome extreme poverty, Ivorian women largely invest in income-generating activities to fulfill needs of their families. However Ivory Coast women suffer from a strong discrimination in financial services access. Microfinance sounds the solution to improve this situation as microfinance remains the major financing tool of economically active women excluded from the classical banking system.
We believe these programs will create systemic social changes because our strategic hybrid and holistic model solution presented addresses root causes and beneficial to large target populations with measurable goals. After the grant period, our goal is the program to be a self-supported one, to become independent entity from donors by generating the financial resources necessary for operations and projects from their investments portfolio. We have a secured co-funding and fundraising strategic plan. We are committed to the evaluation of funding and programs we carry out because we hold ourselves accountable for the work in order to be good stewards of our resources and to maximize the impact of our mission.
RURAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS CAPACITY BUILDING
The issue is that due to their remote location and total lack of government funding, numerous clinics especially in rural communities throughout Africa severely lack basic medical supplies, heavily restricting the services medical personnel are able to provide. As a result of this financial hardship, physicians are forced to charge patients relatively high medical fees in order to purchase medical necessities. Meanwhile we receive tons of essential medical supplies, first aid kits, and drugs to donate them in Africa but we do not have a budget to pay for the shipping and transportation.
US-AFRICAN STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The financial challenges are the greatest for African immigrant students, followed closely by cultural challenges. The financial challenges are responsible for their feelings of homesickness, failures, drop out-school, psychological stress, alienation and isolation, reduced time for study and social activities given the need to work. Cultural differences are responsible for their perceptions of a lack of social support. Higher education is needed in American Society to secure the best employment opportunities, but the high cost of advanced education can create a barrier that is difficult to overcome for people of African descent. Despite the existence of thousands of scholarship programs, students in the United States are struggling to pay for tuition expenses in addition to living costs.
AFRICAN IMMIGRANT FAMILY CULTURALLY SENSITIVE ASSISTANCE
The wide range of barriers that many immigrants face poses challenges for African immigrant families' abilities to meet their basic needs and improve their well-being. Overcoming these barriers and improving access for African immigrants will likely require sustained attention by program administrators and community leaders, and development of creative solutions and can be summarized as follow: climates of fear and mistrust, transportation and other logistical barriers, language, literacy, and culture, administrative burdens and errors, lack of documentation and fear of deportation, misunderstanding, and application procedures
From 2000 to 2007, the agency was known as Africa Solutions and had conducted several HIV prevention programs in Minneapolis, MN before shutting down. We had provided HIV and family social services including outreach in Minneapolis and Saint-Paul, MN. Our successful track record of delivering community improvement projects for nearly 10 years. We are aware that your organization distributes a number of grants for community improvement and development purposes. We wish to apply for one of the foundation’s grants. Africa Solution Foundation (ASF) has enjoyed a significant growth within the last ten years. Between 2000 and 2007, ASF had initiated the first HIV forum in African community of Minneapolis Saint-Paul with 315 participants and being the fiscal agent of 62 African grassroots community agencies for African World HIV/AIDS Day.
ASF has conducted successfully 8 HIV workshops per year with an average 10 participants per workshop or 400 total participants. In addition, ASF has trained in collaboration with American Red Cross of Minneapolis 17 African peer educator women, 5 culturally sensitive family counseling and technical assistance sessions, 1,200 people reached in community as 81% females and 19% males. 92% African born populations, 5% African American, 2% Whites, and 1% Mixed. Furthermore,
ASF had referred 43 African for HIV testing, treatment and social services, 9 African women and 3 African female living with HIV were also referred for services and treatment while 82 African female and males were referred for employment vacancies, food, and housing assistance. Finally ASF had developed and distributed 1,600 brochures, produced 2 video tapes, conducted 3 community television talk shows and 1 radio talk-show and participated to National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, GA. ASF had successfully developed these programs because of financial support received from Bremer Foundation, Saint-Paul Foundation, WCA Foundation, United Ways of Minneapolis, Ryan White 1, Medtronic Foundation, Star Tribune Foundation, Minnesota Department of Health, Education Center, and in a collaborative effort with our partners such as Minneapolis Urban League, African American AIDS Task Force, Minnesota AIDS Project, Hennepin County Medical Center, Fairview Medical Center, Open Harms, Aliveness Project, Lutheran Social Services, African community NGOs such as African Women of Minnesota, Somali AIDS project, Liberian Consortium for HIV, African Immigrant Services, etc. Last year the agency reopened under a new name and vision and conducted a needs assessment in a small study in the community. Based on the findings, we decided to implement a project to conduct activities to benefit African immigrant children and families in the Twin Cities. Africa Solution Foundation operates fundamentally through four programs
- Year established:2000
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:Operating
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