Rural African schools need help meeting the fundamental environmental needs of students in order to make educational opportunities effective.
Asante Africa Foundation identifies schools and communities that are motivated and committed to rising above their challenges. We promote awareness and engage global partnerships to directly aid in helping these local communities. The connection can create a powerful tide of action and change that lasts. The result? Partnerships strengthen, children flourish and communities thrive.
Delivering education is not just about tuition, classrooms and teacher supplies – the first steps to a successful education often come in the shape of plumbing pipes, cement blocks, and rain-proof roofing. Boarding school makes it possible to get an education on a full stomach in a safe environment. Asante Africa Foundation is improving infrastructure by building new schools, adding classrooms to overcrowded schools, as well as improving access to water, food and sanitation. We are committed to understanding the true need from our local contacts and helping where we can be most effective in our mission.
Nchaishi Primary School, Kenya
Located in a rural Maasai village, Nchaishi Primary School was thirsting for support.The school lacked basic infrastructure, classroom resources and had fundamental water and sanitation needs. We knew the best way to lift this community up was to leverage multiple global partners. Over a period of a few years, these global resources have included fundraisers organized by California elementary schools and grants from local and international Rotary Clubs.
Tloma Primary School, Tanzania
Tloma Primary School and its community severely lacked resources to support its swelling student population. Small, overcrowded classrooms, not enough desks and books, and a high student-to-teacher ratio all resulted in a sub-optimal learning environment. We bridged a global partnership between Tloma Primary, the International School of Monaco, and Social Capital Foundation to support the school’s needs and fuel the community’s hope for a brighter future.
Empower Girls | Create the Future
The Wezesha Vijana Initiative
The Wezesha Vijana Initiative addresses the “keeping girls in school” gap. The program incorporates fundamental sanitation needs (i.e., toilets with running water and hand washing stations) with life skills sessions on topics such as reproductive health and hygiene. Wezesha Vijana uniquely targets girls through tailored workshops that educate, empower and elevate their attendance and retention in school. The year-long pilot resulted in changed perspectives for over 250 girls who participated. Five of the six participating schools are now establishing girls’ leadership training workshops to continue to cultivate peer support and hope.
Girls Accelerate Because of Safe Spaces and Great Teachers
St. Mary’s Primary School, Kenya
When we first encountered St. Mary’s Primary Boarding School for girls in 2006, the school exuded all the characteristics of what would be a fruitful partnership: visionary school leadership, committed teachers and a supportive community that sought to elevate opportunity for their youth. St. Mary’s became one of the first schools to partner with us, and over the course of time, our partnership has witnessed incredible milestones.
Asante Africa Foundation has provided over 650 annual scholarships to primary and secondary school students, providing them the ability to pay school fees, purchase uniforms, shoes and school supplies among other provisions. Every student has a unique and deeply inspiring story, brimming with spirit, motivation and triumph. But common factors have significantly hindered their potential: access and affordability to continue their education.
An Asante Africa Foundation scholarship will finance his secondary school education and offer him guidance to motivate him to work harder. Read More…
“As an Asante Africa Foundation scholar, all of my school fees are paid for. And because I don’t have to worry about paying for school, I have hope that I will be able to complete my education.” Read More…
“I am grateful that I was able to go to school. I did not have to pay a cent. The scholarship provided a school uniform, materials, food, boarding and personal items for school.” Read More…
Orkolili Secondary School, TZ cuts the ribbon on New Science Labs
Madam Yohana Mcha, Director of Orkolili Scondary School, has the vision of her students graduating high school with strong foundations in the sciences and math. “With this foundation all other dreams can be achieved.” She has been working with Asante Africa toward that dream for two years. In late August, Board members from three countries – Tanzania, Kenya, and North America – came together in a small village to conduct the Inauguration of the newly completed construction of the Science Lab Facilities.
Large crowd spilling out the building and packing the streetThe afternoon was filled with pride, excitement, energy and enthusiasm as all students participated and actively engaged all the visiting Board members. We celebrated with student speeches, celebration song, and drama. After the more formal Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Science Labs, everyone; students, teachers, and visitors, participated in science lab experiments and explanation of how this new knowledge will carry forward “into the real world”.
Makayuni Primary School – Makayuni, Tanzania
Makayuni Primary School’s request for funding support from Headmaster Samwell Sarakikya was simple. “We have two math textbooks for 100 students. Additional textbooks will give students more time to study and focus on National Exams, which are the gateway to secondary school.”
In 2008, Asante Africa Foundation supplied more than 850 textbooks to Makayuni to support the school’s 1100 students. At the end of the year, 100% of eligible children progressed to Secondary school.