AFRICA HEARTWOOD PROJECT

aka AHP   |   WALNUT, CA   |  http://www.africaheartwoodproject.org

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 info

2009

Founder & Volunteer Director

Mr. Andy Jones

Main address

340 S LEMON AVE, #4483

WALNUT, CA 91789 USA

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EIN

26-2457812

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Rural (S32)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SPOCK (Support Program for Orphans in Care of Kin)

The SPOCK system is simple, and addresses the greatest need of families who struggle financially under the burden of caring for additional children: Extra cash to use for the greatest household need. Through a social worker, each month we distribute money to the female head of household as financial relief for the family ($10-$25 depending on age and financial need), scholarship funds to pay for government education ($25-$100/year), and an annual holiday gift ($20). So long as the children are under the age of 18, being cared for full time in the home of the family, and are attending school, they will continue to benefit from SPOCK, in so far as sponsors continue to donate.

Population(s) Served

We believe that one of the greatest differences we can make in Africa is in providing sustainable access to clean water. As you read the real life success stories on our website, you will clearly understand why and how we undertake our Village Water Projects, and you will also discover how you can help to save and improve lives through the gift of clean water. From 2009 to 2014 our team has completed 31 successful Village Water Projects, which have served more than 5,000 people.

Population(s) Served

Africa Heartwood Project has helped hundreds of cultural artisans and vendors in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea, and Senegal to become self-sufficient in their chosen trade. This is not a charitable hand-out that encourages dependence, but rather it is a hand-up that preserves dignity and encourages self-reliance. As artisans and venders are supported in making and marketing their crafts entire villages also benefit. This is our home-grown, income-producing social enterprise that enables the non-profit to operate with no overhead and all-volunteer leadership, thereby allowing 100% of public donations to go directly to project implementation.

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.

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 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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AFRICA HEARTWOOD PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andy Jones

Africa Heartwood Project

Term: 1999 -

John Moore

John Fefegula

Moses Kaizolu

Blamacee Charles

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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