Innovation: Africa

Bringing Israeli innovation to African villages

aka Innovation: Africa   |   New York City, NY   |  www.innoafrica.org

Mission

Innovation: Africa is a New York based 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to bring Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. Since its founding in 2008, Innovation: Africa has completed over 700 solar installations bringing light, access to clean water, improved education, refrigeration for vaccines and medicines, and proper nutrition and food security to over 3.7 million people in the most remote villages in Africa. Innovation: Africa has operations across ten African countries: Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Cameroon, Zambia and eSwatini.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Sivan Ya'ari

Main address

520 8th Ave 15th floor

New York City, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Jewish Heart for Africa

EIN

33-1186746

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Jewish (X30)

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Solar Water Pumping Systems

Our solar powered water pumping systems offer a solution. Using solar energy, our water pumps provide over 20,000 liters of clean water per day, enough for an entire village. These pumps save lives--eliminating diseases caused by dirty water. But they also provide new opportunities. Opportunities for young girls to go to school instead of spending their days carrying buckets to and from the nearest water source. Opportunities for their mothers to work, adding to the family's income and promoting equality between women and men. Water doesn't just save lives, it improves them, promoting education, health and economic development.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Without energy, medical clinics cannot offer nighttime medical care or store lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Without light in schools, students learn in the dark, straining their eyes and inhaling smoke just to receive an education. 
 
Solar energy can help Innovation: Africa's medical clinics offer well-lit 24 hour medical care for the first time. Mothers can bring their children to receive vaccines against preventable disease, ensuring that their children will never be vulnerable to illnesses like tuberculosis and polio. In schools, Innovation: Africa’s solar panels create facilities where students do their work in the evening, and where adults gather and learn at night. They can use the electricity to power radios and computers as well, improving the standard of education and communication in the village, bringing both adults and children the opportunity for a brighter future.

Population(s) Served
Families
Students

Installing Israeli developed drip irrigation technology in villages to allow farmers and families to grow more food using less water. For the first time, families will be able to secure proper nutrition and food security for their children, sell the surplus of fruits and vegetables in a local market in order to generate an income.

Population(s) Served
Families
Farmers

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Charting impact

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Innovation: Africa uses solar energy to address the electricity needs of rural, poverty entrenched communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This energy powers schools, medical clinics, orphanages and water pumping systems. Each water pump provides rural communities with over 30,000 liters of clean water per day, and solar powered refrigerators have stored over 350,000 vaccines. The impact of clean water and power includes improved community health; entrepreneurial and other opportunities open up to women who no longer need to spend their days fetching water; running water improves sanitation and makes it possible for girls to attend school when menstruating; and the community is empowered by improved living conditions and the overall economic and educational opportunities made possible with the addition of electricity.

iA has developed a two-part solution to this ensure the investments we make in rural communities continue to provide people with the services they need:
1. Community Enterprise: The committee is a group of people invested in the project (local government, tribal leaders, heads of the women's group, PTA members, clinic/school staff and more). They learn about solar technology in the months before their community's installation, and they are responsible for maintaining their solar system after installation.
2. Remote Monitoring: We are monitoring iA projects using a small device that plugs into a cell phone SIM card installed in a community's solar system and which collects output data. This data is then sent via text message to an online server, which allows iA staff to check in on each solar system from any computer with an internet connection. Using this information, we can predict problems before they start, perform remote diagnostics, optimize system design and more.

Combining cutting edge Israeli technology with a thriving and growing grassroots community empowerment has allowed iA to solve poverty and poverty's impact.

Innovation: Africa has completed over 200 solar, water and agricultural projects, bringing light, clean water, improved education and refrigeration for lifesaving medicines and vaccines to over 1.3 million African people, across 10 countries.
We have reached an audience of more than 100 million worldwide, a social media community of over 565,000 people and still counting.
More specifically, Innovation: Africa has been recognized by numerous organizations such as The United Nations, beginning in 2012 when granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and was also awarded the Innovation Award for the use of Israeli technologies in the developing world.
In international media, iA's work was covered through Forbes, The Daily Mail, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Face2Face Africa and PR Newswire.
iA was recognized as the recipient of The Nation Branding Award by Knowledge at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, Sivan Ya'ari, was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Israel" by Forbes Israel and one of the “40 Under 40 Most Promising Israelis" by Israel's leading business magazine, Globes.

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Innovation: Africa

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2022
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Board chair

Stuart Stone

Bayport Financial Services

Ron Braverman

Danover Capital, LLC

Jason Hirsch

JJS Associates

Jonathan Hollander

EvoSpend

Isaiah Chabala

Zambia to the UN and EU

Liz Kaner

Morton Williams Supermarkets

Andrew Fine

SHL Investment Group/ Michael Kors

Daniel Berkove

IHS Energy Insight

Rand Neveloff

Link Global Group S.A.

Adam Sultan

VP of Duke Properties; Principal of Red Leaf Properties, Kaizen Ventures

David Arison

CEO of The Doing Good Model Organization at the Arison Group, VP of Global Relations at Arison Investments & The Ted Arison Family Foundation

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