Asante Africa Foundation 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 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.
Create Safe and Healthy Learning Environments
The first steps to a successful education often come in the shape of plumbing pipes, cement blocks, and rain-proof roofing. We build infrastructure (schools, kitchens, dormitories) and improve basic health and sanitation services at schools (water, daily meals and toilets).
Enhance Teaching Quality and Learning Opportunities
We provide classroom resources that equip teachers to teach more effectively and efficiently, and build on their success - as individuals, as leaders and as educators.
These resources also enhance students' learning opportunities. As our students prepare to enter the adult world, we begin preparation for “life beyond the classroom.” Innovative programs such as the Leadership Incubator where students participate in a series of workshops that include entrepreneurship, health and leadership skill-building have made an immediate impact on students. An integral part of Asante Africa Foundation’s program is challenging young adults to “pay it forward” into their communities.
Provide Merit-based Scholarships
We provide support that covers tuition, exam fees, uniforms, personal effects, boarding, food and learning materials. This allows students access to schools that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to reach.
Leverage Partnerships and Local Expertise
We achieve our vision and mission through in-country collaborations with visionary local community leaders and education advocates. We work with local program managers who are deeply committed to and passionate about creating change in their villages. We rely on local knowledge and expertise to propose solutions that are viable and sustainable in their communities and cultures.
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 over 21 partnerships (and counting) with schools in 25 villages in Kenya and Tanzania. Over 600 teachers and 29,000 students have directly benefitted from primary and secondary school scholarships, training for youth and teachers and the 55-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.