Global Alliance for Community Empowerment,

aka GACE, Alaffia Foundation   |   Olympia, WA   |  www.empowermentalliance.org

Mission

GACE mission is to alleviate poverty and advance gender equality in Togo, West Africa, through advancing fair trade and executing community empowerment projects in Education, Environment, and Maternal Health.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Olowo-n'djo Tchala

Vice-President

Prairie Rose Hyde

Main address

8109 River Dr SE

Olympia, WA 98501 USA

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EIN

86-1136212

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

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

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GACE, aka Alaffia Foundation, alleviates poverty & advances gender equality in Togo, West Africa. Our programs address these issues: * Lack of support for women's work and lack of fair payment in the global economy for their resources, time & knowledge. * High rate of maternal death in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is tied to the high rate of poverty & high birth rates. * Desertification due to extremely rapid tree cover loss in a region dubbed a global climate change 'hotspot". The resulting human misery from depleted soils and aquifers creates a vicious cycle of clearing ever more land for less food and fuel. * The education hole that disadvantages young people in Togo. 90% of rural students do not complete high school. Girls dropout at higher rates than boys. * Health & poverty problems from lack of vision care: it costs 3 months wages for a pair of eyeglasses. * Lack of education fundamentals in Togo, including buildings, desks, annual supplies.

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?

Bicycles For Education

Togo, in Sub-saharan Africa, has one of the highest school dropout rates in the world. 90% of rural students do not complete high school. Bicycles are a key to reversing the dropout rate. There are no school or public buses. in rural zones students may live 5-10 miles from a secondary school Alaffia partners donate bicycles and we also recycle and divert bikes from landfills in the US. We ship and donate them to extremely poor students in remote rural areas. 95% of our bicycled students are staying in school or graduating. Reversing the school dropout rate empowers Togo's youth to complete their education and rise out of poverty.

Population(s) Served

Working with community trainers, we enlist pregnant women who cannot afford health care and directly fund their prenatal, delivery and post natal care at public health clinics. Our trainers partner with health clinics to provide training on preventing female genital mutilation, as well as birth spacing, nutrition & sanitation. When a mother falls ill or dies in childbirth in Togo, her remaining children's chances of education, adequate nutrition and rising from poverty are greatly reduced, creating a deadly cycle of poverty and more teen childbirth mortalities. We can protect mothers during pregnancy and childbirth for under $100 per mother, a fraction of the health care cost in developed countries. Alaffia works with World Health Organization guidelines to reduce Togo's MMR and IMR.

Population(s) Served

Togo had the highest rate of deforestation in the world from 2004-2005 and the result is depleted soils and water aquifers, so that many farmers face starvation or log additional lands in a further downward spiral. Drylands deforestation is a critical issue that is neglected in the international focus on saving tropical rainforests. Shea trees are unique to the African Sahel and the nuts are highly prized for cosmetics, yet shea are being logged out of desperation and breakdowns in community. Shea trees produce valuable income for 80 or more years as a living tree supporting local and planetary ecosystems. Our goal is to plant and steward 300,000 trees in Northern Togo to fight the process of desertification and the human misery it creates. This is in a region dubbed a global "hotspot" for climate change. GACE's tree nursery staff partner with schools, health clinics, and cooperative producers. Improved species are selected for their income potential, nitrogen fixing or crop shading, medicinal and livestock fodder values. Species with high value to community stakeholders are managed long term by the beneficiaries. The program is effective because it ties tree stewardship to Fair Trade agreements that pay a premium to Fair Trade compliant producers. Our program trains women shea collectors in parklands management and reforestation. With additional fund support from USAID, GACE also is training women in business development, warehousing and improved processing of shea nuts to achieve higher incomes.

Population(s) Served

It is extremely difficult for visually impaired to obtain eyeglasses in Togo. An exam may cost 1 month's wages, a pair of eyeglasses may cost 4 months wages. Eyeglasses are collected in the USA and an optometrist is employed to correctly fit and distribute the eyeglasses. This program relies on many Alaffia brokers, consumers and store partners, who donate to our annual eyeglass drive at more than 200 participating stores in the United States and Canada. This program is a great example of how people can help the disadvantaged with simple coordination and corporate support.

Population(s) Served

Since 2011, Alaffia fair trade enterprise has built 14 schools in Togo, with the goal of continuing to build 2-3 schools each year from Fair Trade premiums. Teachers and children in remote areas have a difficult time completing schoolwork when they lack buildings, toilets, water, desks, benches and basic supplies. Alaffia's work in Togo has shone a light on these extremely disadvantaged communities, and attracted many others who wish to join this effort. GACE provides a way for individuals and organizations to donate money, supplies, and skills to support Alaffia's work.

Population(s) Served

Each year Alaffia stores and brokers support Alaffia's work to improve the school attendance rates in Togo by encouraging customers to donate school supplies. In Togo, the cost of a child's school uniform and supplies is often insurmountable for rural families. Alaffia provides shipping funds and GACE staff make student supply kits from the donations received and coordinate with schools. Each kit has about US $5-$10 of supplies including pens, pencils, markers, chalk, and other items. Over 35,000 student supply kits have been distributed since 2003.

Population(s) Served

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.

GACE's mission is to empower African communities through the advancement of fair trade, education, sustainable living, and gender equality. This mission guides all our actions, from the focus of our programs to how we allocate resources and report our results. We connect people & resources with some of the most forgotten, allowing people from all walks of life to join with our African communities in changing their futures. Togo has been neglected in international aid for decades. Our projects address the harshest disadvantages in our communities while also building self-sufficient community, fair trade, & distinct traditional culture. Annual goals:
* Capacity building training for 5,000 women annually in Fair Trade business development, health, safety, conservation, community life, and resource stewardship.
* Build 2-3 schools
* Plant 50,000 trees
* Safe Births for 1,000 mothers
* Fit & Distribute 1,000 eyeglasses
* Distribute 10,000 student supply kits or essential furnishings

*Our distinguishing strategy has been building women's cooperatives in Togo. The organizational mechanism of cooperatives empowers women to raise their incomes and empowers the community as a whole to successfully manage services to beneficiaries & projects with GACE & other partners.
*We require budget planning & transparency in our project results.
* We raise the real & understood value of what Africans offer the world
*We focus not on come & go projects, but rather have long-term relationships in our communities to advance their strengths
*We support existing institutions and our staff are mostly Togolese nationals from several ethnic groups
* Our strategy is to be inclusive and apolitical ourselves.
* Alaffia is the majority source of ongoing financial support. Fair trade opens doors locally and globally.
* GACE networks Alaffia friends and partners who support our communities in Togo through in-kind donations, grants, corporate giving and individual financial support.

Alaffia and its sister nonprofit organization, GACE, have grown significantly over the past 15 years of executing programs successfully in Togo.
Today GACE has over 30 staff with offices in Centrale, Savanes, and Maritime regions of Togo. Our National Director and other management staff all have years of professional experience in health services delivery systems and in nonprofit program administration. Our community trainers include midwives and teachers with representation of major ethnic groups in Togo. GACE has two operating tree nurseries and a third has been sited. Alaffia enterprise has relationships with over 600 producer cooperatives in Togo, yielding a vast network of skills, community labor, leaders and resources to achieve projects, as well as reliable access to beneficiaries for project implementation and follow up. Alaffia enterprise works in these communities throughout the year and can see and touch the results first hand, as well as assist with constructions.

Today Alaffia enterprise created over 800 jobs in Togo and also directly sustains the livelihoods of 15,000 natural resource producers and basket weavers in Togo and Ghana. Alaffia and GACE mutually support each other to achieve our shared mission of alleviating poverty and advancing gender equality in West Africa. GACE has achieved:
*14 schools constructed
*70,000 trees planted
*5,000 Safe Births
*40,000 student supply kits distributed
*8,500 bicycles donated to students
*25,000+eyeglasses distributed
*2 wells constructed
*solar panel installations in 2 health clinics
*Shipping and distribution of 2 40' by 8' cargo containers of medical supplies provided by Project Cure
*Cooperative development training of 8,500 women in over 200 villages in Savanes Region
*Construction of 2 tree nurseries
*Numerous donations of land for building schools, tree nurseries and warehouses for cooperatives
*Over $15,000 USD Support for English Club and other school teachers
*2 Health clinic renovations

Financials

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Global Alliance for Community Empowerment,

Board of directors
as of 06/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Olowo-n'djo Tchala

Agbanga Karite LLC / Alaffia

Term: 2014 - 2017

Maria Mason

Mo El Sokkary

Melissa Jones

Federal Express