- Organization Name:AfricAid, Inc.
- Address:25958 Genesee Trail Rd., #234
Golden, CO 80401
AfricAid, Inc. is a nine-year-old, US-based nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization whose mission is to support girls’ education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and improve the futures of their communities. To accomplish this, AfricAid helps provide educational opportunities for girls who might not otherwise be able to attend school, and gives them the tools with which to make the most of their education. Its programs are designed to help enhance both the quality of the classroom education offered to girls and its applicability to post-educational career and life opportunities, and create real opportunities for these young women to participate in community-based service, leadership and mentorship initiatives.
AfricAid’s origins date back to 1996 when Ashley Shuyler, AfricAid’s founder and Executive Director, traveled to Tanzania with her family at the age of 11. Struck by the poverty she saw while there, particularly among children her own age, she became determined to do something to help. She soon learned that 95% of girls in Tanzania are unable to complete a high school education--primarily because they cannot afford the school fees. From her own educational opportunities, Ms. Shuyler knew the power that education has to uplift individuals and entire communities. As a result, she formed AfricAid in 2001 at the age of 16. Since then, AfricAid has provided educational opportunities for thousands of young women in nine schools across northern Tanzania. It has funded hundreds of scholarships, built classrooms, funded vocational training efforts, supplied computers and school materials, and is partnering with a leading Tanzanian medical institution to help provide assistant medical officer training to women. AfricAid has now raised $800,000 in its support of girls’ education in Africa, primarily through donations from individuals, youth organizations, schools, service clubs, and public and family foundations.
AfricAid’s initial focus was on providing educational access, particularly to girls, through providing scholarships to those who might not otherwise be able to attend school, and through the construction of needed classrooms. It has more recently expanded its efforts through its Teaching in Action program, an innovative, countrywide teacher-training initiative that works to improve the quality of teaching in hundreds of Tanzanian classrooms. Teaching in Action was recently honored as the winner of the Ashoka Changemakers/William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Champions of Quality Education in Africa award.
AfricAid’s newest program, the Kisa Project, provides scholarship opportunities for young Tanzanian women in secondary school, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to finish their education, and connects them with their American sponsors through a special, interactive website (www.kisaproject.org). Kisa then provides the Kisa Scholars with a two-year leadership training program that is designed to teach them vital life skills, develop their leadership and entrepreneurial potential, enable them to mentor other young girls, and empower them, both socially and economically. The Kisa Project was launched on behalf of AfricAid late last year at a special event hosted by Greg Mortenson, best-selling author and 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who also highlighted Ms. Shuyler, and her work with AfricAid, at his subsequent Journey of Hope event at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.
- Year established:2001
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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- Public Benefit, Society Benefit:High
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