WHO WE ARE
“Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around these (wildlife) parks, then people will have no interest in them, and the parks will not survive.”
– Nelson Mandela
Founded in 1992, Africa Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organisation in South Africa whose purpose is to uplift, up-skill and empower identified rural communities near core conservation areas. In this mutually beneficial relationship, it is critical that communities recognise the relevance of these conservation areas, and, in so doing, contribute to both their long-term sustainability.
Africa Foundation owes its success to the long-term relationships with the communities in which it works. We believe that successful projects require the community to be actively involved in the project’s selection, development and subsequent running once we are no longer actively involved. However, innovative projects are only sustainable if the community takes ownership of them, and this approach is what attracts and secures the support of Africa Foundation’s many loyal donors.
Africa Foundation works hard to ensure that the greatest possible percentage of each contribution goes directly to the communities it supports. The money invested in projects is efficiently and effectively spent, ensuring the projects are sustainable.
All Africa Foundation projects are managed on the ground by local champions and selected organisations that have high-quality management and donor relationships, accountability, the ability to provide comprehensive feedback and a measurable and favourable impact on the community.
What We Do
By partnering with communities, governments and the private sector, Africa Foundation drives the development of sustainable projects that empower communities and contribute to conserving Africa’s spectacular assets.
For true development to take place, we need to nurture, protect and preserve not only our natural environment and wildlife, but our people, their culture and customs.
Africa Foundation supports rural communities in the fight against poverty by facilitating the projects identified by communities, grounded in their participation. It is this collaboration with community leaders and local champions that led to the four main development areas we focus on – Education, Health Care & Clean Water , as well as Small Business Development and Environment & Conservation.
How We Do It
Essentially, Africa Foundation acts as the catalyst between local governments and local communities, with a goal to strengthen relationships and facilitate effective and sustainable project management and service delivery.
Projects are first identified by addressing community needs, and are then set in motion with the community leading the way. Each project is then carefully assessed to guarantee success before final approval happens and fundraising begins with our generous donors and loyal supporters. Because rural communities are the heart of Africa, we ensure each project has a far reaching impact in order to feed the soul of the continent.
Once the required funds are raised and successfully received, the community champions and local leaders are invited to finalise all paperwork and draw up necessary contracts and schedules with the applicable partners and organisations who begin to work on the project. The right training, skills and resources, provided by Africa Foundation and partner organisations, ensures projects are not only effectively implemented, but self-sustainable long after initiation.
Once completed, projects are handed over to communities, who take responsibility for their success and growth. By equipping local champions with the skills and knowledge to secure additional funding of their own, they build on the solid foundation Africa Foundation has put in place.
South African Trust registration number: IT2542/1993
PBO registration number: 930002115
NPO registration number: 004-145
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