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To educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world.


Asante Africa Foundation: As a globally guided and a locally led implementing organization, in both Kenya and Tanzania, our expertise is recognized for delivering educated resilient East African youth who can confidently address life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy, and catalyze positive change. These youth are now entering into the community capable of managing obstacles and opportunities as they arise. Our three dimensional ecosystem model tackles complex system level challenges that girls, boys and particularly vulnerable rural youth face. Our three areas of focus are: Girls’ Advancement, Accelerated Classroom Learning, and Youth Leadership, Job Readiness and Entrepreneurship programs. Foundational to all areas is Community and Parental Engagement, Teacher’s Training and Community Reinvestment |Pay It Forward. We actively align and partner with government organizations at every level. We have deep program activity in 4 Tanzania regions and 15 Kenya Counties with seeds planted in several additional regions|counties ( 11 TZ |28 KE).

Our_Model_RecoloringOur model addresses the root causes of why youth are not successful.

  • Scholarships are key to keeping boys and girls in school and filling the talent pool.
  • Our programs equip them with the tools and skills they need to be successful in school, and empower them to confidently meet the challenges of life outside of the classroom, regardless of their economic or geographic status.
  • We advance talent and resiliency by creating safe learning space (particularly for girls), elevating classroom learning by strengthening teachers’ professional skills and resources, and providing leadership, entrepreneurship and job preparedness training for secondary school students.
Knowledge sharing centered collaborations and partnerships allow us to constantly innovate and accelerate our impact. Our programs and approaches are unique and they are working.


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 principal 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 40 partnerships (and counting) with schools in 35+ villages in Kenya and Tanzania.

Where we work


Experience East Africa - Explore. Connect. Give Back.


map-04By 2040, 440 million African youth will be of working age. The social, economic, and political implications of such a large unskilled, undereducated youth population are both a tremendous challenge and opportunity at the local and global levels. Breaking the generational cycle of poverty will require skilled, educated workers and job creators.
Today in East Africa, two of three children lack access to secondary education, and the quality of instruction for those that do does not prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. Whether pursuing higher education or quality employment, enhanced learning is imperative, including digital literacy. Programs focused solely on retention fail to take a critical next step. An emphasis on quality teaching using learning centered curricula is key to not only support enrollment and retention, but also improve cognitive and decision-making skills and leadership capabilities.
Girls face unique barriers. Though they represent 54% of East Africa’s income generating potential, they are more likely to become child brides than complete eighth grade. By eliminating the barriers that keep girls from attending and excelling in school, and giving them the tools to become confident, self-sufficient women, they gain awareness that their voice matters, and the ability to contribute knowledge and financial support to their families and communities.


Tanzania is a low-income country in East Africa with a rapidly growing young population. The primary school population in the country is projected to reach 10.2 million by 2020. Tanzania ranks 159th out of 187 countries in UNDP Human Development Index.


Kenya is a low middle income country located in East Africa with a population of 44.35 million. Although it is the most advanced economy in the region, almost half of the population lives below the poverty line. Kenya ranks 147th out of 187 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index.