Nasiib Bunda Foundation started with a concern and an idea. The concern: How to counter negative perceptions of Africa and help foster and promote grassroots development. The idea: Help small, effective nonprofit organizations working to overcome poverty in Africa by shining a light on their work.
From the concern came the idea of Nasiib Bunda Foundation, an alliance of charity nonprofit organizations working on the ground in East Africa to make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. In February 2016, its first year of operation, Nasiib Bunda Foundation brought together nineteen charity organizations to be part of the alliance.
The challenges facing the people of Africa are complex and interrelated. Thus we set out to ensure that our membership included organizations that addressed the full range of development issues, from education, health, agriculture, microfinance, the environment, to wildlife conservation, and others. We also included organizations undertaking scientific research on a range of issues related to food, agriculture, insect science, livestock, and more. Without strong science advances in food production, medical treatment, pest control, and more, development cannot be made and sustained.
We believed that by bringing them together in an alliance, these organizations would learn about each other, form partnerships, and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Through Nasiib Bunda Foundation events and on line, member organizations have come to do just that. They identify common problems, share best practices, and develop innovative solutions.
Initially, Nasiib Bunda Foundation also wanted to help its members raise funds for their work. It does this primarily through participating in U.S. Government and other workplace giving programs, on-line giving, and special Aid for Africa grants. It is the only African alliance in these workplace giving programs. Every member must meet the highest level of fiscal accountability, governance, and results.
Education and outreach to the general public were also components of our idea. Through its blogs, social media postings, and events, Aid for Africa discusses African issues and solutions. The work of our members fuels this outreach.
Nasiib Bunda Foundation has identified educating African girls and sustainable agriculture as areas that are of critical importance to African development. When a girl in Africa gets the chance to go to school and stay in school, the cycle of poverty often is broken for her and her family. Agriculture is the economic engine of growth in most African countries. As populations continue to increase and growing seasons and rainfall patterns continue to change due to climate fluctuation, poor farmers will depend on advances in African agriculture if they are to better their lives.
Over the last eight years, Nasiib Bunda Foundation has grown to include more than 80 nonprofit organizations, all working on the ground with African partners throughout Africa. Formed from a concern and idea, the alliance is now a reality.