LIVERMORE, CA – The Asante Africa Foundation is proud to be the designated partner of a $60,000 Rotary International Foundation grant to fund the construction of a water well, pump, power source and four new classrooms at Nchaishi Primary School, located in one of Kenya’s most impoverished rural regions. The grant reflects the contributions and collaborations of two International Rotary Clubs in Kenya, Nyvaisha and Narok and five California-based rotaries; Danville-Sycamore, Alamo, Rossmoor, Danville and San Ramon clubs.
“This grant award reflects the important role everyone can play in making the world a better place. With the support of local and international rotary groups, the Asante Africa Foundation will be able to extend its reach that much farther, bringing lasting change to children and youth living in some of the most remote areas of East Africa.” – Erna Grasz, CEO Asante Africa Foundation
Nchaishi Primary School and its surrounding village suffer from a lack of adequate and clean water supply, poor building infrastructure, latrines, electricity and adequate awareness in health and sanitation practices. Due to these harsh living conditions, severe droughts and a lack of natural resources, many school-aged children are removed from school as their families migrate searching for food and water. The Rotary International grant will address these needs through funding the construction of a well and pump, a solar or wind power source, new classrooms, latrines and the implementation of a health and sanitation education program.
“If a child has a full stomach, less dysentery sickness, and a classroom to sit in, they are more likely to be able to focus on learning, focus on what tomorrow can look like and dream about how they can help their families be better.” – Erna Grasz, CEO Asante Africa Foundation
As part of Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision Plan, members of the Danville Sycamore Rotary Club sought to work jointly with other rotary clubs, on a Future Vision International matching grant opportunity that would focus globally on impacting communities in Kenya. Through a partnership with Asante Africa Foundation, the grant will launch the Nchaishi project after a two-year planning phase.
“With grant funds we can change the lives of all the poor children at the Nchaishi School. This will ultimately help the entire village since education, especially of women, is the key to lifting themselves out of poverty.” – Ted Mendelson, Chairman of the International Committee for the Danville/Sycamore Rotary Club
AAF has been working closely with Chief Salaton and Nchaishi school headmaster, Joseph Tikawa to develop the project and will continue this collaboration as the construction phase begins. “When we work as a global team, and strategically invest in schools, in teachers, and in young people, we are supporting locally led programs and laying the foundation for positive long-term change. It’s a powerful formula for building a brighter future for children.” – Erna Grasz, CEO Asante Africa Foundation
In addition, Asante Africa Foundation and the Danville Sycamore Rotary will continue to work on other projects at Nchaishi to enhance and maintain quality of education and livelihoods for the school and local villagers. Asante Africa Foundation is committed to continue awarding educational scholarships to deserving children in the village to send them to high school and college.
About Asante Africa Foundation
The Asante Africa Foundation, Inc. asanteafrica.zippysites.com, email@example.com, 925-292-0245 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with Global Headquarters in the U.S.A. (1334 Carlton Place, Livermore, CA 94550) and NGO status in Kenya and Tanzania. AAF’s mission is to provide quality education for children in East Africa through three guiding avenues of impact that: create safe and healthy learning environments, strengthen teaching quality and enhance learning, and provide merit-based scholarships. AAF envisions African communities and families in which all children have the opportunity to receive quality education to illuminate their paths towards brighter futures. Since its inception in 2006, AAF has stewarded the completion of thirty-five projects, provided thousands of valuable teaching supplies and resources to classrooms, and awarded hundreds of scholarships. AAF’s current partnerships with eighteen schools and collaborations with seventeen villages have flourished, directly impacting 17,000 children in Tanzania and Kenya.