Being a UK registered charity organisation, The Happy Africa Foundation is dedicated to sustainable change and progress for underprivileged communities in Eastern and Southern Africa.
As a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public Benefit Organisation, HAF works to implement long-term positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa through development and conservation projects.
This fast growing foundation was established in 2008 by founders Andrew Connelly, Robert Graham, Sarah Graham and Robert Weston as a means to responsibly manage the generous donations received from volunteers working on African Impact projects. The commitment to “Educate, Enrich and Empower” points to their main areas of focus, which are: education and enrichment, health and nutrition, empowering communities, gender equality and conservation.
Sophie Olivier, who is the Fundraising and Marketing Manager at HAF, said there are many challenges they face as an organisation with sustainability and resource mobilisation. “In the communities we work at, we are challenged with understanding local cultures and relationships, as well as creating sustainable exit strategies,” she said.
Since the establishment of the foundation, there has been steady growth and as a result, they have 25 projects operating in East and Southern Africa.
Sophie further explained that they work closely with African Impact. This is a volunteer tourism business where people from different areas get involved in events and participate in fundraising and raising awareness.
Because HAF aims to improve the state of life in social and economically disadvantaged areas (through the preservation and conservation of the environment and poverty relief) they have also opened an office in Zambia.
“Our objectives are always to empower local people and work with them to find sustainable solutions to the challenges that they face. We aim to educate, motivate and encourage, whilst making a difference to the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” she added.
Although Happy Africa Foundation gets the majority of their funding through volunteers, they still need more funds to survive. They urge people to visit their website on www.happyafricafoundation.org or email Denise: firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries.
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