Human Services

AFRICA HEARTWOOD PROJECT

aka AHP

WALNUT, CA

Mission

Africa Heartwood Project is a grassroots nonprofit working to eliminate constraints to freedoms for three groups of beneficiaries in West Africa: Orphans; Rural communities without clean water; Cultural artisans. We act in partnership with individuals and communities to increase their security and opportunity using sustainable, participatory, results-oriented methods. We are an all-volunteer organization with no administrative overhead expenses, allowing 100% of donations to be used to implement the project chosen by the donor. Our funding comes primarily by individual and community donations. We invite you to join us in this inspired cause, making a measurable and lasting impact in the lives of our many friends in Africa. Everyone matters. Everyone benefits. Everyone grows.

Ruling Year

2009

Founder & Volunteer Director

Mr. Andy Jones

Main Address

340 S LEMON AVE, #4483

WALNUT, CA 91789 USA

Keywords

Orphan support, sustainable livelihoods for cultural artisans, clean water projects in Africa.

EIN

26-2457812

 Number

6367188425

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Rural (S32)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Poverty limits freedom. We focus on expanding the freedom of individuals to be self-determining by removing the impact of financial poverty in West Africa in 3 areas: The poorest of Liberian women who are carving for their orphaned kin don't have enough money to meet basic human needs of everyone in the household; Those living in rural areas do not have access to reliable, convenient, safe drinking water, and they don't yet have a reason to cooperate financially for the public good; Cultural artisans with skill sufficient to earn a wage lack access to markets to buy their products. These are the problem we have observed first hand over 20 years serving in Liiberia and Ghana, and we are working hard to solve them for those we can reach in a meaningful way.

Our programs

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

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SPOCK (Support Program for Orphans in Care of Kin)

Village Water Projects

Sustainable Livelihoods for Cultural Artisans

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We aim to accomplish the following in the respective target programs: 1. Provide financial support to women who are voluntarily raising children who have been orphaned within their extended families due to Ebola - we provide a monthly grant, annual scholarship, and annual gift, for each child. We call it our SPOCK program (Support Program for Orphans in Care of Kin). 2. Provide clean water to as many rural communities as funds will allow, including training on village-level economic cooperation and self-reliance, and improvement in hygiene and sanitation practices. As of 2019 we have done over 75 Village Water Projects in West Africa. 3. Provide support to Cultural Artisans in their chosen livelihoods, including facilitation of favorable terms on international purchasing contracts that will sustain fair trade income levels.

Africa Heartwood Project relies on volunteer services at the administrative level, and provides employment for local African staff members who administer our programs with full transparency and best practice. We keep our projects small and manageable, with full control over budgets, spending, and results. We rely heavily on local knowledge and technology to ensure all projects are participatory and sustainable, with the individual development and personal freedom of our beneficiaries as our primary criterion for success.

Andy Jones, founder and director, has an BA in International Development with a focus on African Studies, and an MA in International Development and Education. Academic study has been applied to 20+ years of field work. Africa Heartwood Project is committed to making a lasting difference for good in the lives of each individual we reach out to bless. Because we are not paid for our time, our intentions are kept pure, and our methods are efficient and effective. As a small organization we maintain total flexibility in adapting our understanding and program delivery to best meet the real needs and challenges we discover on the ground. We work closely with local partners in country as Project Managers, Contractors, and Monitors, to make sure we are getting the work done the right way, with local knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and efficiency.

We have a very hands-on approach to all of our work. Every project is planned and executed with decision makers and contractors working hand in hand. We can see, feel, and know the measurable impacts our work has in the lives of those we serve. For example, the children we sponsor each month are either in school learning, or they're staying home; they're eating enough food, or they're hungry. In terms of water, either we will provide a clean water well in a village, with associated training, or we won't. The proof of the value of our work is found in the lives of those we reach.

We continue to improve our programs, but we don't want to expand; small is beautiful! Experience, and feedback from those we serve and work with, is the best teacher. Our programs have all been successful by measurable outcomes, and we hope to reach more individuals through increasing our partnerships and donor base. We are limited in the good we can accomplish only by the resources we have access to. So far we have opened and operated an orphange in Liberia from 2008-2017, and now sponsor over 150 Ebola orphans in Liberia each month through our SPOCK program. We have completed over 75 village water projects in Ghana and Liberia from 2009-2019. We have put over $1,000,000 in the hands of the working poor to make traditional percussion instruments to support their families since 2001, and help them sell their stuff any way we can.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No