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AFRICA AGENDA

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Africa Agenda helps garner positive press for Africa by utilizing the powerful effects concept of the media in society. We do our work by organizing education and information events, forums, workshops, seminars, and conferences and by executing projects that speak to a better, stronger, stable, prosperous and democratic Africa in the twenty first century.

Mission: To foster understanding and engagement with Africa and African society in a fair and unbiased way.

Vision: We envision a world in which the vibrant contributions of Africa and African society make a better life for everyone.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Media: Identify, track and disseminate unreported African news.

Education: Create programs that provide the opportunity for educational exchange between African and American communities in an effort to facilitate valuable discourse on democracy, culture, business and economics.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

We are always looking for students who can blog, conduct interviews and write about African issues on the following subjects: Business, Politics, Economics, Culture, Trade and Investment.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

George Bamu, Executive Director| Office@AfricaAgenda.org | 303-341-1301

Address: The Posner Center at 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80205

http://www.AfricaAgenda.org

GLOBAL HOPE NETWORK INTERNATIONAL

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Global Hope Network International (GHNI) is an NGO headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with U.S. offices in Florida and Colorado. GHNI helps the poorest villages of Africa, the Middle East and Asia learn to transform themselves out of crippling poverty. GHNI helps those villages with its U.N.-highlighted coaching method called Transformational Community Development (TCD):

• TCD is coaching-based. Our indigenous staff gives villages a lot of development knowledge and a little funding.

• TCD is committee-based. Each village forms five development committees (Water, Food, Wellness, Income and Education). Those committees help their village transform sustainably… not the GHNI staff nor the West… and are the real heroes.

• TCD is low-cost, low-tech, locally available solutions. Thus a village can transform itself, and other villages can too, without waiting on government or western money.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

In the Villages: Because TCD is coaching-based and village committee-based, all projects are initiated by the villages and carried out by the villages. Projects are mostly low-cost, low-tech initiatives including:

• Building family water filters with sand, pebbles, rocks and tubing.

• Creating small demonstration plots that show families how to grow food with very little water and natural local fertilizers.

• Digging family latrines and constructing them with rocks, sticks, and mud.

• Teaching simple health lessons that drastically lower disease and infant mortality.

• Launching simple businesses like fruit & vegetable shops, donkey carts, motorcycle transportation, cell phone charging, sewing, etc.

• Building rudimentary classrooms for a life-changing elementary school.

 

In the U.S.: We focus on a Village Partnership model. We want groups or individuals to fund TCD in one or more villages and form a supportive relationship with their village(s). Our Village Partnership efforts focus on things including:

• Presenting the opportunity to a church missions team.

• Presenting the opportunity to a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility group.

• Presenting the opportunity to high net worth individuals.

• Helping an individual with a large online network to run a social media campaign that gets 100 of their friends to “fully support a village” with them.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

• Internships: Apply to intern with our indigenous in-country staff, learning how they coach villages.

• Volunteer: Apply to volunteer as a Communication Coordinator or Fundraising Coordinator.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Jeff Power, Village Partnerships| jeff.power@ghni.org | 720-331-0348

http://www.ghni.org

HARAMBEE

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Harambee is a Swahili term encouraging community and concerted effort. Harambee, Inc. endeavors to create what its namesake suggests in its mission to develop holistic and sustainable practices that foster self-sufficiency in select regions of particular need in Africa. Its flagship projects seek to establish sustainable, organic agriculture and provide leadership, organizational skills and financial training in the East Uholo location in Kenya. The organization has several other initiatives in Mungao and in Harare, Zimbabwe. All are planned and delivered in conjunction with community residents.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Leadership and Financial Training: Through MMUGOSI, ongoing business training is being offered.

Sustainable Agriculture: Harambee has trained 600 farmers in organic farming methods using traditional seeds. They feed approximately 5,000-6,000 people. In the third cycle since training began, many farmers began to experience self-sufficiency and surplus. Training and support continue through a system of agriculture agents as well as a Kenyan trainer in organic high yield biodiversity farming. We are seeking funds to expand this program to all of East Uholo. Teaching in irrigated farming has also begun.

Common Interest Groups (CIG): Initiated by community members, there are 20 agribusiness cooperatives of approximately 250 members. They train together, save together, take loans as a group and market together through MMUGOSI, the microfinance institution.

MMUGOSI, a microfinance institution: The community owns and operates a microfinance institution that supports the work of the CIGs. In order to participate in training and other benefits an individual must be a member and actively buying shares. This is a growing institution which makes only group loans.

Water/Sanitation: Harambee Kenya and the Utumishi Rotary Club are currently mentoring a water system for 15,000 people. Got Osimbo community youth initiated this project. It is being planned by the community.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Community organizing: Using holistic community-driven projects is the focus of Harambee-Kenya. Residents are in control of projects. The American role is to support their efforts.

Research (International): Korbel students will have the opportunity to apply to take part in assessments and data gathering in East Uholo to directly support Harambeeʼs various initiatives.

One-on-one cultural exchange: Working side-by-side with farmers learning organic agriculture, agribusinesses of poultry, fish, bananas, irrigated vegetables. Mentoring the growth of business practices, especially business plans and market research.

Please note: While we usually have running water and electricity, living accommodations and food are simple and often local in nature. This is a rural village with only one bar. Interns need to be self-sufficient and able to create their own experience.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Carol Carper | ccarper1337@gmail.com | 303-895-5829 (Kenya: 011 254 702936210)

George Oyeho | georgeoyeho@hotmail.com | 011 254 710 855115

Address: c/o Harambee, Inc. – Kenya, 25567 Red Cloud Drive, Conifer, CO 80433

Harambee on Facebook

HUMANITARIAN AID FOUNDATION

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Humanitarian Aid Foundation (HAF) is a non-profit organization working to address critical issues facing impoverished and underprivileged communities in Ghana. Our mission is to work with volunteers on meaningful programs to address critical issues facing underprivileged children and communities, support sustainable development initiatives for community growth while promoting cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

HAF works with volunteers to provide and improve quality education, healthcare, nutrition and care for needy children while supporting the development of sustainable solutions for community growth. We work hard to ensure that our grassroots effort supports sustainable initiatives that drive social change, improves the lives of underprivileged people, and produces a profound impact on the health and welfare of the communities we serve.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

• Volunteer in Ghana: HAF offers meaningful volunteer abroad opportunities in Ghana. Volunteers work at the grassroots level on projects that address specific community needs, gain firsthand experience of the Ghanaian culture, and positively impact the lives of the people they serve. HAF also offers outstanding internship programs for students or professionals to gain valuable experience, training and academic skills in Ghana by working with reputable organizations in a variety of different program placements.

Our projects include: Orphanage and Childcare Work, Teaching and Education, Information Technology (ICT), Community Development, Sports Coaching, Microfinance and Business, Law and Human Rights, Health and Medical Internships, and African Cultural Study Abroad Program. Our programs are open from 2-12 weeks and extra weeks available year round.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Emmanuel Nii Bortey Annang, Executive/Program Director| info@haidfoundation.org

Address: 511 S Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

http://www.haidfoundation.org

MUSANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

 

THE ORGANIZATION

Musana Community Development Organization is committed to providing shelter, health, education and life skills to disadvantaged rural communities with emphasis on widows and children; enabling them to be economically and socially independent while maintaining their dignity and living long, healthy and creative lives.

Musana exists to serve rural Ugandan areas by empowering locals to be the change agents in their own communities. Our efforts to walk alongside the most impoverished, enable us to help them generate sustainable, income generating projects on individual and community scales. These projects have successfully allowed us to empower the most destitute with health, education and support.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

• Musana Nursery and Primary Day, Mixed and Boarding School

• Sol Cafe

• Women’s Projects (hand crafted items produced in Uganda and sold in Uganda and stateside)

• Micro-finance loans within our Women’s Project

• Dairy Farm

• Piggery

• Health Center (scheduled to open July 2015)

• Project Restore (individualized health care for children and adults)

• Secondary School (scheduled to open February 2016)

• Community Education Seminars

• Clean water initiative

• PALS program (a support program for students in our school)

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

• International internships: Musana Community Development Organization hosts interns twice a year. Interns commit to 3 months of working within the community of Iganga, Uganda. Potential internships are available in the following departments: education, social work, Women’s Project, agriculture, health care administration, nursing and pharmacy. Intern applications can be found on our website.

Domestic internships: Stateside volunteer opportunities are also available on behalf of our Women’s Project. Volunteers help market and sell our hand-crafted goods to retail markets in the metro area as well as at local events.

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Ashley Leach, Stateside Coordinator | ashleyleach@musana.org | 303-604-3798

Address: 355 W South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026

http://www.musana.org

Ngaathale Development Organization

The Ngaathaje Development Organization (NDO) of Southern Sudan is an initiative started by a young Sudanese man while he attended college in Colorado. The organization approaches three programmatic pillars: developing a self-sustaining education system; improving health-care infrastructure and provision; and creating economic opportunity, all for the Wanding community in the southeastern portion of South Sudan.

www.ndoss.org

Rockland Community Church - CCAE

The Rockland Community Church outside of Golden, CO, in association with the Colorado Coalition for African Empowerment, has many projects within Africa including annual trips to Arusha, Tanzania, to assist with a number of projects there. A faith-based organization, CCAE desires to build and expand upon its members' successes. They focus on helping provide needed resources, especially money, but in addition donation of goods and supplies to specific member projects concerning disadvantaged and marginalized African families and other vulnerable children. CCAE's liaisons in their targeted communities are focused on projects that:
• Expand and/or upgrade education
• Provide some form of potable water
• Provide sanitation education and/or sanitation facilities
• Teach and enhance health and nutrition
• Promote income generation projects including micro-credit access
• Increase and improve agriculture efforts and methods

http://www.ccaeunited.org/organizations/rockland-community-church/