Advocates for Africa's Children, Inc.

Empowering African people to care for orphans sustainably in their communities

aka AFAC   |   Honolulu, HI   |  https://www.afachildren.org/

Mission

To empower African communities to care for orphans and vulnerable children sustainably in their communities and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and Executive Director

Heidi Lum

Main address

PO Box 283233

Honolulu, HI 96828 USA

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EIN

65-1267550

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (O19)

Christian (X20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Millions of children in Africa are orphaned due to preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, dysentery and other water-born illnesses, and malnutrition. The children are vulnerable to abuse and trafficking if these issues are not addressed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Economic Opportunity/Income Generation

Providing subsistence farmers with inputs and education to make their farming sustainable and productive. Providing young adults with vocational training and inputs to get started in business so they can support themselves and their families.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Families

Install clean water wells or provide household water filtration

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Planting churches in un-reached areas of Tanzania

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Building and developing a primary school in a community without a school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Improving the functionality of under-developed high school with clean water, fencing, additional classrooms, and library

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are tackling the primary contributors of poverty and disease, keeping children and their parents healthy and preventing early death. We address clean water, sustainable food supply, education, and spiritual development.

We use five main strategies which are proven to reduce both poverty and disease and decrease the likelihood of orphanhood. These include 1. Clean Water 2. Education 3. Sanitation 4. Food Security and 5. Income Generation. We work through local leadership structures including Chiefdoms, Local Administrative Leaders, and Christian Churches to implement projects.

We have a sixteen year track record of empowering communities to not only support orphans in their communities, but lift themselves out of poverty with proven sustainable agricultural projects like raising chickens, goats, pigs, grains and vegetable crops. We are currently developing a vocational nursing program, and have taught sewing so women can start their own businesses making clothing including school uniforms.

We have drilled more than 12 clean water wells, distributed hundreds of water filtration units, empowered hundreds of families to sustainably feed themselves with productive farming, and ensure that the poorest children in our project communities are going to school. We have impacted the lives of more than 5,000 children in Tanzania and Eswatini.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Rural African communities. We work with local structures and develop our programs jointly and in consultation with the local structures. Feedback comes through the same structures.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently invested in 11 additional farming projects with the neediest families in the regions in which we work. We have developed a school based on the community desire to have one close by, and we are providing the best possible education in English as a result of their input.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our goals have always included empowerment of the communities we serve. Involving them in identifying the needs, developing projects to address those needs, and giving them daily management over the projects has been extremely fruitful. Having the local power structure involved gives local accountability, not only from staff or the national structure.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Advocates for Africa's Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Heidi Lum

Advocates for Africa's Children

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Brian Fila

Hawaii Pacific University

Term: 2015 -

Kristi Maynard

Finance Factors

Brian Fila

Leadership Development, Hawaii Pacific University

Jim Matichuk

Architect

Tyne Cody

Kaiser Permanente, Retired

Ellery Lum

Self Employed

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 12/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/11/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.