African Hope Fund

aka Africa Hope Fund   |   Sacramento, CA   |  http://africahopefund.org

Mission

The mission of the Africa Hope Fund is to promote conservation through education by supporting schools, teachers and organizations assisting in the education of young Africans.  Our goal is to help the people of Africa live healthy and productive lives and educate them on the value of preserving their communities' valuable resources.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Carol Van Bruggen

Main address

1900 Point West Way, Ste 190

Sacramento, CA 95815 USA

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EIN

26-4484055

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

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South Luangwa Conservation Society

We support anti-snaring and animal rescue operations in Zambia through the Conservation South Luangwa (CSL). Snaring is used by local villagers to capture antelope such as Kudu, Impala and Puku, as well as Cape Buffalo. Many other animals are the unfortunate victims of the wire snares. Poaching for elephants is also a problem and on the rise in many parts of Africa because of the increase in ivory demand. CSL works tirelessly to stop the senseless slaughter of animals that people come from around the world to see.
The budget varies from year to year based on our fundraising programs but includes support for the anti-poaching Detection Dog Program and training and support for CSL Scouts who patrol the area and who rescue and treat wounded animals caught in traps.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent

We were introduced to Uyoba Community School in Mfuwe, Zambia in 2008. The school had been built by a church in the middle of a poor village and had only three classrooms and a small teachers' office and storage area. It supported 300 students, grades 1-6 in a three-classroom building with three teachers and three teacher's assistants. The children attended in shifts. They had no electricity and until 2010, no water. The children sat on the floor. The budget includes:$5,000 to build a library at Uyoba School; $3,200 to provide Internet Service at the Student Center for a year; $2,400 to pay for the salary of two teachers at Uyoba School for a year; $800 to pay for clean water at the school for a year.

Population(s) Served

In Zambia, secondary school (high school 8th to 12 grades) is not free and most students live far away from an available secondary school. The cost of the tuition fees and supplies alone is beyond most children and their families in Zambia, thus few children attend school beyond grade 7. There are two programs provided by AHF: (1) Boarding Program for those students who live too far away to walk daily to school, (2) School fees, uniforms, and school supplies totaling about $250 per year for students who live within walking distance.The cost for a year of secondary school is currently $825 ($175 for school fees, $50 for uniforms and school supplies, plus $600 for boarding). AHF has found sponsors for thirteen students to secondary school as well as sponsors for four college-bound students and one student going to a trade school in the capital city of Lusaka. It is our goal to increase that number in 2013 to twenty to secondary schools and eight to college.

Population(s) Served

Project Luangwa is an organization created by Lodges of the Luangwa Park area to manage assistance to the many schools and children supported by the staff members of all the lodges. AHF works closely with Project Luangwa and the Uyoba School and provides funds to the organization to support their many good works. An International Rotary Chapter was started in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2012 to provide support to the local programs the AHF works with. This also provides access to financial support available from the Internation Rotary which further strengthens the education and conservation programs in Zambia.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Chipembele Education Center was built on land given to a couple from the United Kingdom by a local chief in order to provide a place to teach adults and children about conservation and the history of their community and region. The center includes classrooms and a discovery area containing information about the plants, trees, animals and insects of the area. Chipembele offers classes to children on a regular basis through the schools in the Mfuwe area. We support Chipembele financially each year. Chipembele Student Center Anna Tolan, Director of the Chipembele Wildlife Education Center, asked AHF for the funds to build a Student Education Center across the road from Mfuwe Secondary School (the equivalent of high school) in order to have a place for the Conservation Club to meet after school and a place to allow students to learn to use computers and the internet. AHF funded the cost of installing a satellite dish for internet and donates the funds to oeprate it on an annual basis. This Center opens a whole new world for these secondary students as they use the internet for learning and to communicate with their sponsors.

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Goals & Strategy

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The mission of The Africa Hope Fund is to educate the next generation of Africans to ensure their future by saving their wildlife and other natural resources.

Our Vision: A world where animals no longer need to be protected from man.

Our strategies are to increase education opportunities for children and to stress the importance of the conservation of animals, which is one of Zambia's greatest resource.

We have also started an International Rotary Club in Zambia in 2012 to help provide support to our local projects, the Uyoba School and project Luangwa. We want to help the locals to learn to help themselves and to take responsibility for conservation.

We hold a Safari on the River fundraisers here in Sacramento every two years. Last year we raised over $100,000. We also had a Win a Safari for Two raffle and raised $24,000, of which $20,000 will be used to support lion conservation.

We are building a strong base in Sacramento and around the USA and continuing to look for ways to increase our ability to raise funds. There are NO employees for Africa Hope Fund so 99% of all resources received are used for conservation and education.
One percent is used for administrative costs.

Snaring still remains the biggest challenge and threat to wild animals. With the help of the radio tracking collars and also a good network of tour operators and detection dogs, we have been able to rescue most animals that have been snared. Wild dogs and elephants were the hardest hit with snares this year. In addition, we have also recorded an increase in elephants with gunshot wounds this year. Unfortunately, the prognosis of recovery for these elephants with gunshot wounds are usually poor as it mostly depends on whether the bullet is lodge3d inside the body or not.

Progress in this area will require a change of policy on the part of African nations and for more respect and desire to preserve the remaining herds of elephants and lions and other endangered species. Education is the key on all levels. Ivory must not be allowed to be sold anywhere in the world, or elephants will continue to be prey for poachers.

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African Hope Fund

Board of directors
as of 1/31/2022
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Board chair

Carol Van Bruggen

Foord Van Bruggen Ebersole & Pajak

Term: 2009 - 2009

Beth Smith-Moise

Steve Kuhn

Hanalei Bay Inc.

Leslie Leggio

Foord Van Bruggen Ebersole & Pajak

Pat Cole

The Right Words

Carol Van Bruggen

Foord Van Bruggen Ebersole & Pajak

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes