AFRICA EXCHANGE

Mutuality, Resilience, Sustainability

aka Africa Exchange   |   Cedar Grove, NC   |  www.africaexchange.org

Mission

Africa Exchange facilitates the sharing of information, ideas and resources across cultures. We promote mutuality in relationships, resilience in communities, and the sustainability of natural environments.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr Samuel Harrell

VP

Melody June Harrell

Main address

4511 Eno Cemetery Rd

Cedar Grove, NC 27231 USA

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EIN

54-1850816

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Christian (X20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa Exchange seeks to address poverty, marginalization and environmental degredation in particular rural Kenyan communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kutana

Kutana - cross cultural education in the context of community development and service learning

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

Meeting the needs of marginalized children aged 3-6 years through provision of education, nutrition, water, sanitation, and basic health programs.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Meeting the needs of marginalized communities through appropriate technology for provision of water, sanitation and environmentally sensitive development

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Recognizing that poverty and marginalization stem in part from a degraded natural environment, we seek to incorporate basic conservation measures in all of our programs, principally, Trees for Life and support for sustainable biodiversity initiatives in critical environments together with our partners.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Engagement Partner, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Africa Exchange envisions vibrant, thriving communities where love of God and neighbor extend to benefit all of creation.

Our four primary programs and affiliated projects help us achieve our vision:

1. Change for Children: support for holistic early child development with integrated services including nutritional support, malaria prevention, clean water provision and deworming for children aged 4-6 years plus scholarship support for select secondary and tertiary scholars that have passed through our program.
2. Development Initiatives: include appropriate technologies that service our institutions and assist in income generation for the community at large. These include innovative construction techniques, rainwater harvesting and storage, solar pumping stations for borehole water sources, bee keeping support and the establishment of self-help groups for micro savings and project implementation.
3. Keeping Earth: support for environmental sustainability including communal gardening, Trees for Life project and conservation initiatives carried out by affiliated partners.
4. Kutana: establishes cross-cultural relationships as an avenue of mutual support, education and awareness creation.

To date we have established 14 Integrated Child Development Centers (ICDCs) and associated partner projects in rural Kenyan Communities that provide a hub of active support for our initiatives. Project staff at each location have been trained and empowered to facilitate our programs under the direction of a country program manager. Each ICDC unit has built capacity in all of our program areas using both local assets and partners coupled with vital and ongoing external support where necessary.

- 14 Integrated Child Development Centers (ICDCs) and related units established in 8 provinces of Kenya, working in conjunction with communities to provide teacher training/early childhood education, and bolster local participation, ownership, and involvement.
- Over 1000 preschool children educated and fed daily since 2006, as well as provided with vitamin supplements, deworming, mosquito nets and clean water
- Our ICDC unit successes have unleashed the power of community assets, resulting in the establishment of 5 full primary schools managed entirely by local communities in conjunction with established department of education norms.
- 12 primary school graduates provided with scholarships for secondary education plus 3 full university scholarships in the areas of agriculture, nursing and commerce.
- 5 comprehensive community water projects from wind and solar powered borehole pumps, supplying 50,000 liters of stored water daily plus 180 household water purification units of various types (bio-sand, solar, cartridge).
- 4 suspended bridges constructed over dangerous rivers across Kenya in partnership with BTGA
- Construction and establishment of a health clinic, dental unit, vocational training school and farm center in partnership with Baptist Convention of Kenya at Baptist Children's Center and 4 church/multipurpose buildings in support of faith development and children's education
- Establishment, management, training and handover of Kids to Kids informal day center for street children in Nairobi with ACK Christ Church
- Establishment of 6 appropriate off-grid power sources from solar, wind and generator, to build capacity of partner projects
- Income generating projects for sustainability in multiple communities including greenhouses (4), fish ponds (2), apiaries (4), kitchen gardens (6), goat herds (2) and income from water projects (4).
- Establishment of 12 community self-help groups in project locations
- Over 60 facilitated cross-cultural engagement groups with partner organizations including Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and sister institutions, Passport, Inc., Mercer University and numerous CBF affiliated church partners

Next on the Horizon is firm establishment of our Trees for Life Project country wide in conjunction with associated ICDC units, working toward helping children to be agents of environmental sustainability and creation care.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AFRICA EXCHANGE

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Burroughs

Passport, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2019

Samuel Harrell

Beth McMahon

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

William Brown

Clemson University

David Burroughs

Passport, Inc.

Nathaniel Robinson

Montana State Univ.

Melody Harrell

Spriritual Director

Paul Knott

Old North State

Robert Anderson

Charles Evans

Tom Ginn

Dawn Lee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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