International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Promote Africa Inc

  • Huntsville, AL
  • www.promoteafrica.org

This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

I believe that the solution to combating long-term poverty is in empowering communities--building their capacity to solve the problems they see around them.
 
Using our Bright Ideas Grant, we fund projects with the potential to do just that, those which strive to improve the health, educational, and economic opportunities of rural African communities. We ask communities with on-the-ground insights into daily challenges and hidden opportunities to submit their own ideas for real potential solutions, and we deliver these projects the vital funding they need.
 
By accepting only ideas led by and born from within the community, our model ensures relevance and long-term community backing. By allowing philanthropists to choose which projects they invest in with their donations and providing them monthly progress updates, we can help social investors build relationships with these communities and share a feeling of responsibility for the amazing work being done.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Omuthitu Feeding Program
Service Areas

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International

Our international development projects are undertaken across southern Africa. So far, we have completed projects in Namibia and Malawi.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mr. Benjamin Cobb

Keywords

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Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Education, Africa, ICT, Art, Music, Literature

EIN

20-5633378

 Number

1430511980

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Our work with the Namibian handicraft network is due in large part to the extensive organizational accomplishments of our Namibian partners over the past ten years. We have simply supplemented their efforts by providing the medium through which Namibian products can reach international markets. For our artisans, this site serves as a vehicle for economic opportunity by opening those international markets to foreign consumers of authentic African crafts. Our forthcoming music compendium speaks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who hopes to release the world's largest online directory of African music within the next twelve months. We're working with popular and unknown musicians across the continent to offer a global listening forum to promote African music. Finally, we hope to promote cultural understanding and tap into the wealth of public consciousness regarding African development by providing a platform to distribute African literature. While our public bookstore is already open, we are currently working to expand our relationships to the realm of academia, where we are actively seeking the support of African Studies Departments across the globe.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Omuthitu Feeding Program

This project aims to improve primary school enrollment
and child nutrition by developing a school-feeding program using Solar
Ovens.
n Ongandjera, it is estimated that 40% of
school age children have lost at least one of their parents to
HIV/AIDS. Additionally, due to financial constraints, many of these
learners miss at least one meal a day. Ensuring a free or subsidized
lunch at school provides a strong incentive for parents to send their
children to school.

Research suggests that school feeding programs, in addition to
improving child welfare and nutrition, can increase school enrollment
rates. This is due to the fact that, in Namibia, the school day ends at
1:00PM, which removes the school’s responsibility to feed lunch to
learners.
The project started when a US Peace Corp
volunteer at the school began using a donated solar oven to make bread
to sell to teachers. Without the competition of a school feeding
program, the bread project quickly began making profits, which were
used to establish a new library for the school.

How Promote Africa Fits In

We extended this idea by providing a Solar Oven as well as Garden and
Kitchen construction supplies needed by Omituthu Combined School to
help feed 350 elementary schoolers regular lunches and snacks,
for a mere $3 per child helped.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Our international development projects are undertaken across southern Africa. So far, we have completed projects in Namibia and Malawi.

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Promote Africa Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Benjamin Cobb

BIO

Benjamin has a longstanding interest in community development and an extensive record of public service throughout southern Africa. In his role as Chairman of the Board for Promote Africa, he chairs a non-profit African music label, directs a international media production firm, and manages an international arts trust and educational development organization in Namibia.
A economics graduate of The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, Mr. Cobb focused on social entrepreneurship and community development in southern Africa. His professional training includes consultancy work for the Namibian Ministry of Education, working to introduce technology as a medium of instruction for secondary education. Additionally, he directed Promote Africa's first international film project, Deep Roots Malawi. In his free time, he enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and film.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Benjamin Cobb

Director

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