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AFRICAID

 

THE ORGANIZATION

AfricAid is a non-profit organization that supports girls' education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities.

AfricAids model is threefold:

REACH: Providing girls in Africa the basic opportunity to go to school.

TEACH: Supporting African girls in achieving their potential while in the classroom.

EMPOWER: Training young African women to become community, business and nonprofit leaders who mentor and train the next generation of young women.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• Kisa: The Kisa Project is an innovative AfricAid initiative that provides training to some of Tanzania's brightest young women in an effort to empower them to become leaders in their local and global communities. During the course of the program, Kisa scholars attend courses in lifeskills and health, personal leadership, entrepreneurship, budgeting and project management, and computer skills. Upon graduation, Kisa scholars are provided a stipend to mentor other young girls in their home country.

Other programs: AfricAid also provides one-year scholarships to Tanzanian students and funds the education of women at the college level, implements Teaching in Action teacher training workshops for secondary school teachers from across Tanzania, constructs classrooms, provides inputs such as computers, sewing machines, and solar power to vocational and educational centers, as well as has implemented a Kindle reading program and school lunch program at two primary schools.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships: communications and development

Volunteering: event organizing and staffing, communications

AFYA: Young Professional Advisory Board to AfricAID, AFYA connects the skills and interests of young professionals in the Denver area with opportunities to get involved through fundraising, networking,volunteering, and learning about international development.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Maria Rosa Galter, Executive Director | info@africaid.com | 303-351-4928

Address: 1031 33rd St, Suite 174, Denver, CO 80205

www.africaid.com

AFRICA SCHOOL ASSISTANCE PROJECT

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Since 2008, the Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) has been building schools for children of underserved, rural communities in Tanzania, East Africa. Why? Because education, more so than any other sector of development, seeds dramatic improvement in poverty reduction, gender equality, health outcomes, child immunization, AIDS prevention, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Simply put, widely available public education will lead to a more prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for Africa.

In addition to building and refurbishing schools, ASAP has created a replicable model to increase girls’ secondary school graduation rates in East Africa and to empower young women to ignite change in their communities. The Kupanda Project for Girls is predicated on the idea that there are many answers to the question, "What does a girl in rural East Africa need to be successful in school?” It will support girls in a holistic way to access and succeed in secondary school, thereby improving the likelihood that they will graduate and pursue tertiary education and/or employment. Ultimately, this initiative will empower thousands of girls to improve their lives, ignite change, and to create a “chain of inspiration” for future generations.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Miririni Secondary School: The Miririni Secondary School is located in the Momela Lakes region of the Leguruki ward. Prior to 2008, the school was built entirely by the villagers to provide their children with a secondary education not previously available. In 2009 ASAP stepped in to help build a much needed new building for the school.

Mbaaseny Primary School: Up in the mountains between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mbasseny is a rural farming village that yearned for better education for their children. Adopted in 2008, ASAP has built a school, a water collection system and a teacher's residence for Mbaaseny. The children are also showing great academic achievement.

Kirenga Primary School: Kirenga Primary School was a lonely, little, run-down, one room school three kilometers from the village of King'ori. ASAP adopted it in 2009 and spent two years building a beautiful new school for the village. Though the community is very poor, they contributed an amazing number of resources.

Chole Primary School (Idetemya Ward, Mwanza, Tanzania)

Idetemya Secondary School (Idetemya Ward, Mwanza Tanzania)

Kupanda Project For Girls

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Volunteer Trips: ASAP leads volunteer school-building trips to Tanzania each June. Volunteers camp in a rural village and spend 6 days working on the school.

Various internship opportunities throughout the year.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Susan Bachar, Executive Director | info@africaschoolassistanceproject.org

Address: 191 University Blvd. #285 Denver, CO 80206

http://www.africaschoolassistanceproject.org

CAMP SONSHINE AFRICA

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Camp Sonshine Africa (CSA) works in the community of Maitland Garden Village, Cape Town, South Africa, uplifting impoverished children who attend the Garden Village Primary School. Many of these children are residents of Garden Village, but others live in townships such as Khayelitsha, Langa, Guguletu, and Philippi. Camp Sonshine Africa gives these children an opportunity to stay engaged with activities that will enrich their lives, and create incentives to stay removed from environments that compel poor decisions and perpetuate poverty and crime. The organization actively supports and encourages educational development as a foundation for a better future.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Camp Sonshine Africa: Camp Sonshine is an annual, week-long program held in January, in which 150 kids spend each day participating in fun activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and swimming. Each day has a new theme and introduces the children to new activities and ideas.Camp Sonshine gives the children an opportunity to get away from the realities of life at home, make lasting relationships, and learn.

Shine Kidz Club: Each term, Garden Village School students sign up to participate in aftercare programs where they receive a healthy snack and the opportunity to participate in engaging activities such as soccer, cricket, crafts, and a pen pal program. They also learn teamwork and compassion by earning “SHINE Dollars,” which can be used to purchase goods such as balls, games, and school supplies. The Club keeps kids in a safe environment until they return to the care of their guardians.

Education: CSA sponsors several children to attend great local schools. CSA provides a full service to these children – transport to and from school, assistance with homework, extra lessons if needed, and anything else that comes along. CSA also sponsors several children to attend Kumon maths and English lessons.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships (International): Camp Sonshine offers the following internships: Group Leader for Shine Kidz Club after school enrichment program. In January you will have the opportunity to take part in the annual Camp Sonshine camp.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alison Smith | alisonlsmith@gmail.com

www.campsonshineafrica.org

 

EDUCATE!

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Educate! delivers an experience-based education model, comprised of leadership and entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and experience starting an enterprise, all delivered through a practically trained teacher, to 16-20 year old youth in Ugandan schools. Through advocacy, practical training for teachers, and direct service in schools, we are working to get our model integrated into the national education system.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• Educate!'s flagship program, the Educate! Experience is delivered by a mentor - a carefully selected and trained team member who is a graduate of Educates!'s program - into secondary schools to work with selected students (who we call Educate! Scholars). Through the Educate! Experience program, 40 Scholars in each school receive direct entrepreneurship and leadership training, mentorship and experience starting a business. At least 310 additional students at each school are estimated to benefit from working with Experience Association teachers and other school-wide components of our program, such as Student Business Clubs, required peer mentorship by Scholars, and Community Days.

• Educate!’s long-term vision is inherently sustainable: For us, ultimate success means incorporating our model into national education systems across Africa. We’re advocating for modifications to the national curriculum, exams, and teacher training so that the innovations we make today will help generations of students to come. We encourage governments and schools to adopt our approach to help young people by working both at the policy level, to create incentives for more experience-based and 21st century skills-based education, and at the school level, to create capacity in schools to deliver our model.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships: communications, research, fundraising/development

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Carolyn Nohe, Operations Coordinator | Carolyn.nohe@experienceeducate.org | 303-953-8758

http://www.experienceeducate.org/

FRIENDS OF GUEOUL

Friends of Guéoul is a Colorado non-profit organization. Their mission is to educate girls in the village of Guéoul, Sénégal whose families are too poor for them to go to school. The support of this organization allows these young girls the opportunity to go to school based on their talent and initiative, rather than upon lack of money and other resources. Ultimately their goal is to promote empowerment and success of each girl into adulthood.

http://www.gueoul.org/

INTO YOUR HANDS AFRICA

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Into Your Hands Africa seeks to empower youth and families in rural Uganda through education and enterprise development to become elf-directed, resourceful, and productive members of their communities. As model citizens, they work together to determine their own futures.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• Into Your Hands Africa uses the Operational Model to identify and partner with communities and schools to create self-sustaining schools and productive community members.   Each year the programs run by Into Your Hands-Africa benefit three communities and over 500 families.   After a partnership with Into Your Hands-Africa of typically no more than seven years, the school and community will be able to thrive with minimal involvement and financial support from our organization.  This will be accomplished by a motivated team of staff and volunteers that oversees the partnership, develops a diverse donor base and partners with other NGOs.

IYHA programs include:

• Formal Education

• Education Infrastructure

• Life Skills

• School Enterprise

• Youth Enterprise

• Community Development

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer throughout the year with Into Your Hands-Africa and we thank you for your interest!  Whether you are working in the US office to fulfill program or administrative needs, working on events or running special projects, there is a spot for you on our team!  Volunteers can also travel to Uganda to visit our projects and become an Ambassador to the organization sharing in the mission of Into Your Hands-Africa to empower youth and families in rural Uganda through education and enterprise development.  

There are also internship opportunities available each semester to conduct relevant research or project-based activities with Into Your Hands-Africa.  These opportunities can be organized by contacting our office. 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Brenna Vaughn, Executive Director | brenna@intoyourhands.org | 720-491-1901

Denver address: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 E 33rd St., Denver, CO 80205

Evergreen address: 28677 Buffalo Park Road Suite 104, Evergreen, CO 80439

www.intoyourhands.org

 

NURTURING MINDS

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Nurturing Minds (NM) provides quality education for poor, marginalized, at-risk Tanzanian girls, aged 12 to 15, who otherwise would not be able to attend school. NM works with its Tanzanian partner–Secondary Education for Girls’ Advancement, or SEGA– to develop the SEGA Girls School, a residential eco-friendly school (solar powered with rainwater harvesting) that provides education for bright, motivated Tanzanian girls who otherwise would not be in school.  NM supports 190 girls, providing them with a pathway out of poverty and a brighter future. SEGA’s academic curriculum also includes counseling and life skills–instrumental to instill confidence and the social skills girls need to succeed.  Students and staff tend the large poultry farm and gardens, which produce much of the fresh food for the school community. The poultry farm is SEGA’s first student-assisted business that provides income and hands-on business training for students.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

The SEGA Girls School, Morogoro, Tanzania.

We provide a high-quality education that fosters the development of strong values, healthy self-esteem and independent thinking skills. Our intention is to empower the SEGA students to effect change for themselves, their families and – ultimately – their communities.

The SEGA students are given the best chance of success through:

• A high quality academic education delivered by qualified teachers trained in participatory teaching methods.

• An “Education for Life” curriculum that includes community outreach and social responsibility opportunities with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy prevention.

• Hands–on practical training in business skills and entrepreneurship in school-run businesses, which also generate a profit for financial self-sustainability for the school.

• A supportive, safe and loving environment in which to live and learn in our dormitories on campus.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

We welcome applications for our service-learning program. We have stipended positions for volunteers staying 15 or more months, offering capacity-building skills, including: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teacher of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Sponsorship & Exchange/Communications Coordinator, and Art and Sports Coordinator. We can also consider placement of other unstipended short-term volunteers from a minimum of 5 months, who have skills in English, Arts/Crafts, ICT, Sports & Recreation, Life Skills, Music & Dance, or other areas. Qualifications Age 18+. We prefer that two friends come together if under age of 22. Volunteers must apply for Class-C visa, at a cost of $550. Those teaching formal classes (TEFL/ICT) must also apply for a Teaching License, which SEGA will facilitate for you. In return for volunteer service, we offer accommodation on the school campus in either dormitory-style accommodation or a bedroom with master bath and kitchen, depending on the length of your stay. The school will provide simple meals, but it will also be possible to prepare meals in the kitchen at your own cost. All other expenses, including insurance and transport, are the volunteer’s responsibility

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Laura DeDominics, Interim Executive Director |laura@nurturingmindsinafrica.org |  617-750-6268

www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org

PROJECT EDUCATION SOUTH SUDAN

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Project Education South Sudan (PESS) is a Denver-based nonprofit founded in 2005. It is registered with the Government of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Jonglei State Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Legal Affairs. In response to the high illiteracy rates, the mission of Project Education South Sudan (PESS) is to help fund and support the building of primary schools in rural Bor area, Jonglei State, South Sudan. We emphasize the inclusion of girls and women in the educational opportunities we promote. PESS fosters community empowerment and leadership development in order to ensure that educational progress is sustainable.

PESS provides clean water wells, commercial grinding mills, cinderblock-making equipment, sewing machines and annual school supply money. Beyond brick and mortar, our organization mentors indigenous community and girl's leadership development, women's income literacy, teacher training, feminine hygiene/HIVAIDS health which thus providing a micro economy in the village.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• HIV/AIDS & Health Education Program: Through two years collaboration with University of Denver Korbel Graduate interns, Taylor Gibson, Laura Braff, Alex Sheldon and Katherine Burley, the HIV/AIDS and Health Education Awareness Program (HEAP) was designed to improve the knowledge of young people and teachers in South Sudan about the biology and transmission of HIV/AIDS. A Feminine Hygiene Education and vocational sanitary pad sewing/production program will be included to teach teen girls a skill while cutting down on girl's absenteeism. The program aims to educate youth and girls on the human reproductive anatomy, biology of HIV/AIDS, transmission of disease, and will also address social stigma and discrimination. HEAP will raise awareness about these culturally sensitive topics while calling on the general community to act. In addition to providing much needed education and awareness, PESS anticipates the program making a significant impact on the leadership skills among the young people and teachers going through the training.

Student Leadership Development: Through two-year collaboration with University of Denver Korbel Graduate Interns Sarah Gates, Lauren Birge, Megan Walker and Tania Benoiton, PESS will support students in Jonglei State, South Sudan through a Student Leadership Development project. The interactive and community-driven project intends to strengthen young people's sense of self, develop their confidence, and grow their leadership abilities as important players in their school and community. PESS has been providing teacher training for seven years so this project includes teachers as key stakeholders in the training. The development of leadership will focus on three progressive stages, all taken from CARE's Leadership Manual for Adolescent girls: Realizing the Power Within, Gaining Legitimacy, and Civic Action. PESS anticipates building strong and confident student leaders with a focus on girls' leadership in this program.

• Girls Sponsorships: Young girls in South Sudan face extreme disadvantages in education. There are only 400 female students in the last grade of secondary education in the entire country. PESS recognizes the critical need for female education in this newly emerging country. We have helped build and support the only all girls primary school in the region, Ayak Anguei Girls' Primary School. Through partnership with She's the First, PESS supports individual sponsorships for girls in both primary and secondary
schools in South Sudan. In collaboration with the organization's South Sudan Director, sponsored girls are given the opportunity to send messages back to the United States and communicate with their sponsors.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships: PESS recruits interns for the following programs and sub-programs: Girls Leadership Development; Teacher Training Development; Women's Income Literacy, Development and Research; Field Surveying, Assessment/Statistics Reporting;Newsletter Production; Event Planning; and South Sudan Field Work(implementer/mentor to South Sudanese teachers, women, girls and students (for qualified applicants only).

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carol Rinehart | carol@projecteducationsudan.org | 303-316-4528

Address: P.O. Box 6851, Denver, CO 80206

http://projecteducationsudan.org/

THE TANZANIAN EDUCATION PROJECT

 

THE ORGANIZATION

The Tanzanian Education Project (TEP): Supporting Self Sustaining Education Initiatives in Tanzania, East Africa. TEP works with schools to improve education quality through self sustaining or money generating projects. All projects are engineered, installed and maintained by Tanzanians. The Tanzanian Education Project provides ideas, starting costs, training and financial accountability for all initiatives. Volunteers help maintain TEP's close relationships with our Tanzanian colleges to ensure past and future projects continue to give back to the population in the most meaningful way.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• Hydrate to Educate: A rain water harvesting system that provides clean drinking water to over 500 users through a series of gutters, catch basins, pumps and filtration components. The goal is to harvest and store enough water to provide a secondary school and the surrounding village clean drinking water through both dry seasons. Currently, we have completed two of three phases which has resulted in a very successful harvesting structure however we must increase our storage capacity in order to meet the goal of year round clean drinking water.

Flour Power: A maize mill business that will provide Bunju A village with the only source of maize flour product that is used to make Tanzania's most popular food, ugali. This business will provide the school with food and the business' profit will return to the school to offset operating expenses. The students will also have exposure to the business' manufacturing and distributing methods.

• L.E.A.P: Is a stationary shop business that is aimed to lower the school's operating expenses in order to keep school fees low. This shop provides Bunju A printing and copying services. It also sells high quality school items such as pens, pencils, notebooks and children's books. This business provides unique vocational training for the business and book keeping students as they learn how to maintain inventory, financial ledgers and marketing strategies. Currently, this business is exceeding profit expectations however to ensure the highest profit margin, TEP would like to cover the costs for some necessary structural and electricity repairs.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships and volunteers are needed in many areas of organizational development. They include but are not limited to; fundraising, event planning, social media, website design, marketing, finance, volunteer development, networking, grant writing and administrative work. Abroad interns and volunteers are also needed and all areas of study are welcomed. Duties and responsibilities are set based on individual goals and skill sets. Many volunteers teach, do survey research and contribute to current or future TEP projects. The Tanzanian Education Project has had volunteers with theater back grounds that started an after school theater program, a women's studies major that held sex education classes and a business major that develop business plans and strategy. The options are flexible as to fit the interests, skill sets or academic needs of each volunteer. Research interest ( include but not limited to): African development through self sustaining or money generating projects, NGO use of social media and online resources, NGO marketing, networking and advertising and NGO fundraising techniques.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Cassie Parkhurst, Founder and President | tzeducationproject@yahoo.com | 920-382-6140

http://www.tzeducationproject.org/