Global Alliance for Africa transforms the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa by partnering with grassroots organizations to design and implement innovative economic development programs that enable families and communities to become self-sufficient.
Our focus on economic opportunity ensures a brighter future for the poorest and most vulnerable in Africa and provides a solution to the cycle of poverty.
Empowerment & Self-Reliancean economically thriving community is only as strong as the individuals within it.
Global Alliance provides educational resources, including vocational training and classes on small business entrepreneurship, as well as psycho-social support through our innovative Art Therapy Program. With this strong foundation, these empowered, independent and confident individuals seize upon opportunities available through our micro-finance programs. They learn to build and operate their own businesses, the profits of which not only provide a sustainable income to their families but also promote economic development within and between communities. The ultimate goal is for these communities to build and experience long-term financial stability.
Sustainabilityfuture generations will be able to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Our programs increase incomes in a sustainable way allowing families to take care of the daily needs of their children, as well as orphans in their care. When families meet children’s basic needs and increase their education, future generations will be able to break out of the cycle of poverty. Our innovative method works because Global Alliance considers the long-range impact of its programs. Our commitment to these families and communities does not end with the training or funding we provide; we work with these communities to ensure long-term success and financial stability.
What sets Global Alliance apart is the grassroots relationships developed with each of our African partners. Ongoing mentoring allows us to ensure that the needs of the families and communities are being met.
We value innovative ideas and technologies as an important way to grow new businesses. We look to our African partners as well as the individuals we serve for creative solutions to their needs.
GAA’s Vision & Values
Global Alliance for Africa has been in existence for 20 years! We have had successes – and we have had challenges and disappointments. However, one thing is certain – GAA has helped thousands of vulnerable woman, children, youth and households by provided health programming, clean water, library resources, therapeutic arts, educational scholarships, vocational training, and loans.
From our first program in May of 1997 in Lwak, Kenya that provided assistance and training to young mothers in order to prevent kwakashor and miasma (protein deficiencies) in children, to our most recent expansion of the therapeutic arts program in training 15 African artists to provide therapies to thousands of children in East Africa, GAA has never wavered in its commitment to social justice in the service of others.
The GAA commitment to development work is based on core values:
- Personal humility in engaging with local communities and individuals
- Talking less and listening more
- Solving local problems with solutions that exist at the local level
- Enabling the poorest and most vulnerable people to improve their education and their economic and social position
- To work with people as equals
- To see that an appropriate development response is dependent upon our willingness to recognize that the needs of the vulnerable are changing, and that simplistic solutions of the past will not succeed.
As Ghandi said, “Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man (woman and child) whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you are contemplating is going to be of any use to them. Will they gain anything by it? Will it restore them to control over their lives and destinies?”