Following extensive baseline research conducted by Joanna Waddington MBE, Ace Africa was established by British born Joanna and Kenyans Augustine Wasonga and Anthony Okoti. Ace's mission is to empower children and their communities to improve and sustain their own health, wellbeing and development. Ace Africa focuses its work across 10 project sites in rual Kenya and Tanzania and in most areas where Ace works:
- Many adults are showing signs and symptoms of HIV and AIDS
- Many children are orphaned or vulnerable
- A large percentage of the population lives on less than US$ 1.90 a day
- Children and adults lack access to medication, nutritious food, education, counselling, shelter, clothing and are unable to meet their overall basic needs.
The Ace Africa programme is a long-term approach towards community development and involves the commitment of children, their families, the community and the government. Ace addresses all aspects of development with the view that within 10-15 years children and the community will become self-sufficient and self-sustaining through improved food and economic security, health, wellbeing and rights awareness.
Today, 14 years on, Ace Africa continues to go from strength to strength and is now regarded as a leading and award-wining organisation. Through our 77 indigenous staff in Africa, engaging over 9,500 community volunteers, we have helped over 1 million children and their communities.