Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)

Transforming Lives & Communities in Africa

Harrisburg, PA   |  https://www.aidonline.org

Mission

The Organization seeks to promote human rights education and enhance the capabilities of women, children and youth across the world to effect positive social change that would bring about sustainable development in their lives and communities.

Ruling year info

2013

Co-Founder & President

Mr. Sylvanus Sidiki Murray

Co-Founder & Vice President

Mrs. Daphne Marcella Murray

Main address

4247 Catalina Lane Apt L

Harrisburg, PA 17109 USA

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EIN

33-1221581

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envisage an African society where its citizens can freely exercise their human rights without fear or discrimination as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also are able to live a dignified life free from poverty and disease. Our main targets are Children, Youth, Women and minority groups because of the many challenging issues surrounding their growth and developments, especially in this part of the world where women, youth and children continue to face violence and abuse in their daily lives. In a world where competition is high and the battle for survival is tough, and the available resources are limited despite the many raw materials with which the African continent is endowed with, AID seeks to Advocate for and provide equal access to opportunities regardless of gender, tribe or race and further provide relevant services for the development of the continent.

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?

Human Rights

It has been discovered that the reason for the many alarming cases of abuse and violence in Schools, Homes and Communities is due to the lack of knowledge about the basic human rights and the need to respect ones rights. This program is especially designed to address these ills of society by promoting human rights education at all levels.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of African descent

In the spirit of the Earth Charter, this program seeks to promote tolerance, nonviolence and peace by encouraging and supporting mutual understanding, solidarity, and cooperation among all citizens in in Africa. Comprehensive strategies will be developed to prevent violent conflict and use collaborative problem solving to manage and resolve environmental conflicts and other disputes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The program is designed to address the challenges women face in their homes & communities and to protect their rights at all levels. We are also empowering them through life skills training opportunities and basic management skills. The program also seeks to raise awareness against all forms of Abuse against Women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

The program seeks to promote and support child education and health care services. According to a recent studies, nine out of the ten worst countries for newborns (neo-natal mortality rates per thousand live births in 2012) are from Africa, including Sierra Leone, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Central African Republic and Côte d'Ivoire. Half of these countries were affected by conflict. To help tackle such a huge challenge in the continent, the organization seeks to advocate for and support the promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal resuscitation, kangaroo mother care for pre-term babies and the prevention and treatment of infections. We also promote campaigns against all forms of abuse against children.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

This program is geared towards promoting Democracy, Good Governance and a Corrupt-Free society and ensuring that Youths and Women are active participants in governance and anti corruption campaigns at local, national and international levels.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The goal of this program is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give youth the commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Through repeated failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. We believe that young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best efforts and reinforces personal respect. Through this program, AID seeks to advocate and create meaningful employment opportunities for youths with special emphasis on the less privileged and young women.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

Agriculture is a significant part of many countries in Africa. In Sierra Leone, for example, agriculture accounts for at least 58 percent of its national GDP. In our efforts to make food security a reality in Sierra Leone, AID seeks to not only advocate for farmers but to also support them with adequate tools and other resources in producing sufficient food for their families, communities, cities and the country as a whole in a more sustainable way.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

This Program aims at ensuring that citizens are actively involved in advocating for the prevention, treatment and cure of the HIV disease and also help eradicate or mitigation stigma. Just as clearly, experience shows that the right approaches, applied quickly enough with courage and resolve, can and do result in lower HIV infection rates and less suffering for those affected by the epidemic. An ever-growing AIDS epidemic is not inevitable; yet, unless action against the epidemic is scaled up drastically, the damage already done will seem minor compared with what lies ahead. This may sound dramatic, but it is hard to play down the effects of a disease that stands to kill more than half of the young adults in the countries where it has its firmest hold.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Adults

Water is Life! It is undoubtedly true that water is a very important aspect of man’s life and so also a very pertinent aspect of Human Rights. As an organization seeking to ensure the livelihood and sustainability of humanity, this program is mainly to advocate and promote Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH).

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The program seeks to address issues relating to Climate Change especially in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa and Asia. We strongly believe that whatever we do to tackle climate change will serve as a legacy for our future generation. Climate change and global poverty have attracted a lot of attention in recent years as key global justice challenges of our times. Both are serious challenges to the future health and prosperity of our planet. They must be combated simultaneously; we cannot take care of one without addressing the other. An effective attack on poverty and the ill-effects of climate change requires taking comprehensive action that encompasses both issues. We cannot fight climate change without considering the rising energy needs of poor people and countries, nor can we effectively address global poverty without accounting for the impacts of climate change on agriculture, disease patterns, and violent weather events, all of which particularly impact the poorest countries.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The program seeks to promoting the use of ICTs for Sustainable Peace and Development. We believe that adequate access to ICT tools especially by youths and women will contribute greatly in enhancing the development of people and their communities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

This program seeks to advocate for the eradication of modern day slavery. Despite the fact that slavery was officially abolished in the 19th century, it is still on the rise in not only Africa, but other parts of the world. Millions of children, women, and men are affected. They are subjected to forced labor, forced prostitution and debt bondage on daily basis.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Unemployed people

It has been proven that sports can play a very important role in achieving and maintaining peace and development amongst people and communities. This program is directed towards promoting peace and development through different sporting and recreational activities in local communities across Africa.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

In a highly traditional and patriarchal society like Sierra Leone, most girls are no stranger to physical violence and other forms of abuses perpetuated by men and boys. The problem gets perennial when in female secret society initiations, young girls are told to be unquestionably ‘obedient’ to men. Due to such teachings, girls have largely been subservient in society, accepting almost anything that is thrown at them by the dominant and highly protected men and boys. Domestic and sexual related violence, despite myriads of state and non-state initiatives remains rampant in many parts of the country. It is widely estimated that during the civil war that raged from 1991 - 2002, a staggering 250,000 women and girls were victims of gender based violence. This program seeks to upscale the capacity and awareness of girls to be able to report and prevent incidences of sexual and gender-based violence unleashed on their persons in the communities. These girls would also be provided with information on reproductive health that will improve pre and anti-natal reproductive health in the project locations. The choice of the project locations is strategic: Freetown, despite being highly cosmopolitan accounts for a significant proportion of sexual and gender-based violence cases in the country. Moyamba district, as recent surveys have been pointing out is one of the highly notorious places where domestic and sexual-related crimes happen. It is reasoned that once the project outputs are delivered, reproductive health anomalies would be largely addressed among teenage girls; reporting of sexual and gender-based crimes would increase, and timely appropriate actions would be taken by the relevant state institutions (Police and courts) to curtail the malaise.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Women and girls

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.

- To promote Human Rights issues, especially in relation to women & young girls, children and marginalised groups.

- To help youth and women without basic or no education at all, acquire vocational and practical skills to make them self-reliant.

- To provide education to poor and disadvantaged children.

- To promote the use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development.

- To complement the efforts of governments, NGOs and other agencies in producing mature, disciplined and responsible citizens.

- To promote and organise campaigns against the spread of HIV/AIDS, EBOLA and other Health issues.

- To promote Democracy, Good Governance and a Corrupt-free society.

- To organise and promote programs, activities, services and projects that gear towards promoting tolerance, nonviolence and peace.

- To establish, maintain and engage in any and lawful activities relative to the purposes for which this organization was formed.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our main targets are Children, Youth, Women, and Minority groups across Africa. In the development and implementation of projects/activities, we ensure that the opinions, ideas, perceptions, and concerns of the above group of people we serve are taken into consideration.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on responses from the constituencies we serve, we decided to always incorporate the opinions, ideas, perceptions, and concerns of our beneficiaries into our programs/projects/activities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Getting feedback from the people we serve has helped us greatly in the effective planning and implementation of programs and activities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)

Board of directors
as of 08/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Emerson Saffa

Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)

Term: 2022 - 2023

Sylvanus Murray

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Daphne Murray

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/28/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.