Founded as a non-profit in 2005, Connect Africa is a grassroots organization working to break the cycle of poverty, lack of education and unemployment that plagues many Ugandan families. Crucial financial support is provided to the guardians of orphans who can now start their own businesses, and to students who have no other means of obtaining an education and job skills.
Poverty and school fees make it prohibitive for guardians to educate the orphans. In order to help villagers earn incomes that allow them to support the children in their care, Connect Africa developed a revolving business loan program representing a wide-array of trades and services such as a brick making, village pharmacy, mushroom cultivation, and chicken or pig farming.
Founder Lynn S. Auerbach resides in Uganda seven months of the year. She, along with Ugandan Co-Director, Kalule Charles, are actively engaged with the communities they serve. They rely on local staff and advisers who intimately understand the complex needs of their communities. Their newest endeavor is Connect Africa Vocational Training Institute which provides vital job skills training in metal work, carpentry, catering and tailoring.
The Difference We're Making:
- 115 orphans have received our support throughout their education since 2005.
- 233 loans have been given since 2005, with 92% successfully repaid.
- 100% of our students who met National Entrance Exam standards were able to attend university.
- 92% of our students finished primary school (7th grade) vs only 32% in the general population.
- 76% of our students have completed their program of study and are meaningfully employed.
- Only 5% of our female students (3 of 61) have become pregnant.