We are only ever as strong as our teams and our partners, and being closely aligned with non-profits like The Happy Africa Foundation means we’re always monitoring and evaluating the positive impacts we’re making through volunteering. African Impact was integral in the establishment of The Happy Africa Foundation in 2008 which was founded with the aim to increase our positive impact in rural communities.
We also have a strong partnership with the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) who are working to conserve lions in Africa, educate communities on conservation and protect species.
OUR CHARITY: THE HAPPY AFRICA FOUNDATION
The charity helps to independently monitor our projects and provides tools and expertise that help to ensure our sustainability, and also ensures that donations given by our volunteers are managed responsibly. The Happy Africa Foundation has also been instrumental in guiding us through the creation of our Child Protection Policy and maintenance of the protocols around it.
Through our close partnership with them, The Happy Africa Foundation has grown into an organisation that has funded numerous initiatives and programs in the communities where African Impact volunteer projects are based. The charity is proud to have financed the building of clinics, crèches and school classrooms, provided communities with education and skills training and helped beneficiaries improve their wellbeing and quality of life through improved nutrition and the provision of much-needed health equipment.
The Happy Africa Foundation’s Mission Statement:
The Happy Africa Foundation works to implement long-term, positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa. Their commitment to ‘Educate, Enrich and Empower’ points to three main areas of focus: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition and Empowering Families. They recognize the importance of identifying and fully understanding the unique needs of each community in order to effectively and sustainably address them. To this end, they limit their reach to a smaller number of communities, enabling the charity to concentrate efforts on building trust, nurturing lasting relationships and ensuring the sustainability of their involvement in each community.
The communities the charity works with often lack access to education, health services, nutritious food or safe places to play. Without these basic necessities it is difficult for individuals and families to feel empowered or to better themselves. Making a meaningful impact in these communities can take the form of providing access to education and health services, improving nutrition or creating a safe environment where children can play and learn.
Visit www.happyafricafoundation.org for more information.
OUR WILDLIFE TRUST: ALERT
We helped establish the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) in 2005. ALERT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion in consultation with governments, wildlife authorities and communities. Alongside African Impact, ALERT also aims to support the ground-breaking four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program developed by our founders in 1999.
The aim of this program is to provide a solution to augmenting the sharply decreasing numbers of African lions through the release of wild-born offspring from rehabilitated captive bred lions by raising awareness and funds to source, secure and prepare suitable release sites for the lions.
ALERT'S MISSION STATEMENT:
The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is dedicated to a multi-disciplinary approach for the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion (Panthera leo) and the ecosystems on which the species relies.
Through responsible development we aim to realize the species' potential to provide substantial social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits that are distributed equitably amongst stakeholders to promote sustainable motivation in them for the protection of Africa's natural heritage.
Visit www.lionalert.org for more information.