AFRICA EXCHANGE

Mutuality, Resilience, Sustainability

aka Africa Exchange   |   Cedar Grove, NC   |  www.africaexchange.org

Mission

Africa Exchange creates partnerships with marginalized rural communities in Kenya to enhance local capacity, protect vulnerable children and preserve fragile environments.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr Samuel Harrell

VP

Melody June Harrell

Main address

4511 Eno Cemetery Rd

Cedar Grove, NC 27231 USA

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EIN

54-1850816

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Christian (X20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa Exchange seeks to address poverty, marginalization and environmental degredation in particular rural Kenyan communities.

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?

Kutana

Kutana - cross cultural education in the context of community development and service learning

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

Meeting the needs of marginalized children aged 3-6 years through provision of education, nutrition, water, sanitation, and basic health programs.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Meeting the needs of marginalized communities through appropriate technology for provision of water, sanitation and environmentally sensitive development

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Recognizing that poverty and marginalization stem in part from a degraded natural environment, we seek to incorporate basic conservation measures in all of our programs, principally, Trees for Life and support for sustainable biodiversity initiatives in critical environments together with our partners.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Engagement Partner, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Keeping Earth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tree nurseries established and 1000 seedlings planted

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Africa Exchange envisions vibrant, thriving communities where love of God and neighbor extend to benefit all of creation.

Our four primary programs and affiliated projects help us achieve our vision:

1. Change for Children: support for holistic early child development with integrated services including nutritional support, malaria prevention, clean water provision and deworming for children aged 4-6 years plus scholarship support for select secondary and tertiary scholars that have passed through our program.
2. Development Initiatives: include appropriate technologies that service our institutions and assist in income generation for the community at large. These include innovative construction techniques, rainwater harvesting and storage, solar pumping stations for borehole water sources, bee keeping support and the establishment of self-help groups for micro savings and project implementation.
3. Keeping Earth: support for environmental sustainability including communal gardening, Trees for Life project and conservation initiatives carried out by affiliated partners.
4. Kutana: establishes cross-cultural relationships as an avenue of mutual support, education and awareness creation.

To date we have established 14 Integrated Child Development Centers (ICDCs) and associated partner projects in rural Kenyan Communities that provide a hub of active support for our initiatives. Project staff at each location have been trained and empowered to facilitate our programs under the direction of a country program manager. Each ICDC unit has built capacity in all of our program areas using both local assets and partners coupled with vital and ongoing external support where necessary.

- 14 Integrated Child Development Centers (ICDCs) and related units established in 8 provinces of Kenya, working in conjunction with communities to provide teacher training/early childhood education, and bolster local participation, ownership, and involvement.
- Over 1000 preschool children educated and fed daily since 2006, as well as provided with vitamin supplements, deworming, mosquito nets and clean water
- Our ICDC unit successes have unleashed the power of community assets, resulting in the establishment of 5 full primary schools managed entirely by local communities in conjunction with established department of education norms.
- 12 primary school graduates provided with scholarships for secondary education plus 3 full university scholarships in the areas of agriculture, nursing and commerce.
- 5 comprehensive community water projects from wind and solar powered borehole pumps, supplying 50,000 liters of stored water daily plus 180 household water purification units of various types (bio-sand, solar, cartridge).
- 4 suspended bridges constructed over dangerous rivers across Kenya in partnership with BTGA
- Construction and establishment of a health clinic, dental unit, vocational training school and farm center in partnership with Baptist Convention of Kenya at Baptist Children's Center and 4 church/multipurpose buildings in support of faith development and children's education
- Establishment, management, training and handover of Kids to Kids informal day center for street children in Nairobi with ACK Christ Church
- Establishment of 6 appropriate off-grid power sources from solar, wind and generator, to build capacity of partner projects
- Income generating projects for sustainability in multiple communities including greenhouses (4), fish ponds (2), apiaries (4), kitchen gardens (6), goat herds (2) and income from water projects (4).
- Establishment of 12 community self-help groups in project locations
- Over 60 facilitated cross-cultural engagement groups with partner organizations including Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and sister institutions, Passport, Inc., Mercer University and numerous CBF affiliated church partners

Next on the Horizon is firm establishment of our Trees for Life Project country wide in conjunction with associated ICDC units, working toward helping children to be agents of environmental sustainability and creation care.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Members of marginalized rural communities at project sites in Kenya

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

    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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    Our community committees meet three times per year and report their findings to the Kenya Program Director

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our community partners,

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

    Elevating our Kenyan Program Manager to top position has done much to increase local participation.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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AFRICA EXCHANGE

Board of directors
as of 06/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Charles Evans

Command Alkon

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Dawn Lee

Crusade for Children

Term: 2021 - 2024

Samuel Harrell

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Nathaniel Robinson

Montana State Univ.

Melody Harrell

Spriritual Director

Charles Evans

Command Alkon

Tom Ginn

Dawn Lee

Crusade for Children

Wes Browning

Sema Films

Anna Martin

e-kitabu

Daniel Ingram

River Road Baptist Church

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 ? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2022

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.