African Economic Foundation

Who and When: Founded in 2002 by Dr. Philip Mwalali and Reverend Willie Kiilu
Where: Kilisa Village, near Machakos
What: Water harvesting through wells and dams, tree planting, sustainable energy production, civic education on democracy and governance, support to orphans and vulnerable children, adult literacy classes, and village-based health care.

African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministry (ALARM)

Who and When: Founded by Celestin Musekura in 1994 following the genocide in Rwanda
Where: Based in Nairobi, operating in several African countries
What: Equipping church leaders, government and civic leaders, women and youth with skills for servant leadership, good governance, peace building, and conflict resolution.

Beacon of Hope

Who and When: Founded by Jane Wathome in 2002
Where: Ongata Rongai, on the outskirts of Nairobi
What: Vocational training, product development & marketing, feeding program & short term food relief, HIV voluntary counseling & testing services (VCT), HIV support groups, home based care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, child care & education sponsorship, medical assistance & support, spiritual nurture & guidance

Kwani Trust

Who and When: Founded in 2003 by Binyavanga Wainaina
Where: Nairobi
What: Nurture and publish African writers

Shalom City

Who and When: Founded as a community of displaced people led by Peter Kariuki in 2008
Where: Mawingu, near Naivasha
What: Peter created a community of hundreds of internally displaced people (IDPs) following the post-election violence of 2007-2008, and advocated for their land compensation.

Tumaini Ladies Integrational Program (TULIP)

Who and When: Founded in 2002 by Mary Munyi
Where: Korogocho, an informal settlement of Nairobi
What: Mary moved into the very low income community to mentor teenage girls who had dropped out of school. She helped them gain an income by teaching them to sew and sell quilts.


ChildReach Africa

Who and When: Founded in 2004 by Catherine Mudibo Piwang
Where: Lira, northern Uganda
What: Counseling, advocacy, and assistance for children and women released from captivity by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Concerned Parents Association

Who and When: Founded by by a group of parents and led by Angelina Atyam in 1996
Where: Lira, northern Uganda
What: Formed after the abduction of 139 school girls from St. Mary’s College Aboke, CPA advocated for release of the girls, their rehabilitation after release, and peace in Uganda.

CREED Africa

Who and When: Founded by Clement Aleku
Where: Orisai Village, northeastern Uganda
What: Born in Orisai and working throughout eastern African, Clement organized his community to provide education to children, medical care, and agricultural extension services.

Millennium School

Who and When: Founded in 2001 by Dr. Christopher Kigongo
Where: Mityana, a rural village west of Kampala
What: Provide elementary school education at a cost that children’s families can afford, including free meals and shelter for students who have no parental support.

National Community of Women Living with AIDS (NACWOLA)

Who and When: Founded 1992 by Catherine Etyang, Margaret Nalumansi, and Kate Nalugya
Where: 31 Districts of Uganda, with the main office in Kampala
What: Assist women infected with HIV through income generation; preserving family memories; and advocacy for the provision of anti-retroviral therapy, and education for children.


Amani Children’s Home

Who and When: Founded by three Tanzanians (Nyaky, Godfrey, and Deus) in 2001
Where: Moshi, near Arusha
What: Provide shelter, food, education and life skills for children living on the streets of Tanzania; reunite children with their families when possible.

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO)

Who and When: Founded by Joseph Sekiku in 2007
Where: Kayanga, northeastern Tanzania
What: Radio broadcasts to inform local communities about news, agriculture and technology; facilitating collaboration between the government and local communities.

Women Emancipation and Development Agency (WOMEDA)

Who and When: Founded in 2003 by volunteers with another organization that was not fairing well, now led by Juma Masisi
Where: Kayanga, northeastern Tanzania
What: Legal counseling for women; internal settlement in legal matters; legal representation; women’s rights seminars on land laws, marriage laws and voting rights.