Many African charities have been set up to combat the various societal issues faced in African countries.
Africa consists of the most impoverished and low-income communities that struggle with deficiencies in education, health care, social and political justice systems. Numerous African charities have been formed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all in the quest to combat these issues.
Here are 6 African Charities changing lives and giving hope of a better tomorrow:
1. The Irede Foundation
The Irede foundation is an African charity based in Lagos, Nigeria. They are empowering children and youths living with the loss of limbs with prosthetic limbs. They believe that no child should stay out of school because they are limbless.
They help children who have suffered such loss through traumatic experiences and medical conditions by creating fundraising campaigns and providing adequate support systems. The funds raised from these campaigns are channelled into providing physical aids such as prosthetics limbs and helping them live their lives to the fullest.
2. Faith Charity Foundation
Faith Charity Foundation is a Ghana-based non-profit organization focused on providing care and support for children in low-income communities by undertaking projects especially related to education and health.
Campaigns are set up to provide help and raise money to fund projects such as building urinals, homes, and libraries for community schools. Recent projects they have completed has focused on children support, health and sanitation and women empowerment. During the Christmas season, they have also raised money to buy gift items for less privileged children.
You can read more about their work here.
3. Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI)
Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) is another African charity that advocates on issues dealing with sickle cell and provides medical attention, care and emotional support for sickle cell survivors.
This NGO uses many media platforms such as The Touch A Cell Show, Xtra Care Clinic and Wellness summits to show support, provide care and educate the public about sickle cell.
The Touch A Cell Show is such as an interactive radio series that aims to educate people and advocate on issues dealing with sickle cell as well as break the stigma associated with the disorder in Nigeria.
Xtra Clinic is a free clinic for people with sickle cell; the clinic aims to bridge the gap between the person(s) living with sickle cell and health providers. With over 9,000 lives touched, SAMI is well on its way to achieving its vision of a society where sickle cell disorder is reduced and people with sickle cell live healthy and productive lives.
4. Action Aid Nigeria
Action Aid Nigeria is a local chapter of the global Action Aid federation whose mission is to promote human rights and eradicate poverty. This African Organization works to help promote people’s right, especially the less privileged, and advocate positive actions to end poverty and injustice with focus on areas such as Education, Food and Agriculture, Human Security in Conflict and Emergencies, Health, Just and Democratic Governance, and Women’s Rights.
As part of a global movement to promote human rights and eradicate poverty, they have implemented nationwide, multi-donor-funded interventions in Nigeria. With interventions like these, ActionAid is strengthening and enabling community associations and networks to end poverty.
This organization takes up cases of injustice and inequality and unfair treatment towards the less privileged in the hope of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.
5. Dream Catchers Academy
Dream Catchers Academy, a brainchild of The Dream Nurture Foundation, is a non-profit academy on a mission to create a future for orphaned and underserved children through performing and creative arts. The academy is aligned with Goals 4 and 5 of the SDGs and is committed to creating a world where quality education, equal rights, and gender equality are obtainable.
Their big break occurred when one of their dance videos went viral and grabbed the attention of many celebrities such as Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, among others. From then on, they became recognized by many organizations and bodies globally. This African charity embodies the belief that every child deserves an opportunity to succeed irrespective of their gender or background.
6. World Vision International
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization focused on working with children, families and communities to combat poverty and injustice.
This African charity is committed to resolving issues related to child protection, health and education within South Africa and around the world regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender by providing clean water, safe homes, education and support to low-income communities.
One of their projects, the COVID-19 emergency response, provided targeted support to communities in 26 countries across the continent, focusing on pre-existing vulnerability and fragility situations where children were most at risk.
They are responding to the pandemic by collaborating with local authorities, frontline health workers, academic institutions, faith leaders and communities, local and regional NGOs, and international partners to ensure these communities are not left unaided. You can read more about their work here.
These African charities are dedicated to improving lives around Africa and the world by rendering their undiluted support to underserved and neglected areas of the world.