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African Children's Haven serves more than 700 children and their families. Our projects focus on the most vulnerable members of society, especially orphans and girls. Because we ourselves are small, we can provide services directly to children that might not otherwise receive support from large non-profits or international donors. Each of our projects focus on initiatives that are community-based and are run by local people. As a general rule, we support grassroots efforts that are unlikely to receive support from large international donors. Each provides a variety of services all of which are geared to protecting vulnerable children, especially orphans and girls.
In 2006, we decided to raise $3,000 for an orphanage then being set up to help 25 African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We had no idea that today we’d be helping hundreds of children and their families working through ten community projects. We also didn’t realize that our fledgling organization, African Children's Haven, would grow so quickly or gain the support of so many people around the world. Today, African Children's Haven is helping more than 700 kids in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Our work includes support for education, health and sanitation, and, perhaps, most importantly the care and safety of children put at risk by disease, neglect, and violence.
To expedite the work we've put in place a network of colleagues who work directly with our projects to ensure that donor funds are well spent. These “associates” all work as unpaid volunteers. Each of the projects we support were founded and are run by local people and most do not receive financial help from large non-profits or government aid programs. And, because our organization is small our operating costs are low. Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to helping kids. We also help our partners raise their own funds and manage their money effectively, a process that builds the capacity of our African partners and helps ensure their futures.
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