Over $600,000 given
Africa Imports is not a big company, but we give a big percentage of our profits to help children in Africa. Right now, we guarantee that at least 2% of all of our sales will go to these orphanages and other charitable causes in Africa. As of October 2015, Africa Imports has donated a total of $631,910 to charitable causes in Africa. We have been blessed as a business; and we are hoping to continue and expand this in the future. We are currently giving at a rate of slightly more than $131,000 per year during 2015.
This is very significant for a business our size. We do not mark up products by a high margin, so there is not a giant profit margin for us to work with. Helping people in Africa is the main purpose behind Africa Imports.
Here are the exact amounts of money that we have given during the last few years:
Congo Orphanages From October 2007 to October 2015, Africa Imports has donated a total of $340,500 to orphanages in Congo. As of October 2015, we are helping to support four different orphanages here. This money has paid for some improvements to the facilities for two orphanages; and pays for the food and some other expenses in all of these orphanages on a regular basis. We have paid for schooling for some children; and have helped financially whenever possible in other smaller ways. We are continuing to send money to these orphanages every month.
Senegal Street Kids From February 2008 to October 2015, Africa Imports sent $80,500 to help establish and support a home for street kids in Dakar, Senegal. This money pays for rent, repairs to the building, labor costs for two employees, food and vaccinations. We are continuing to send money to this home on a regular basis during 2015. If the money in Africa can get into the right hands, a lot can be accomplished with it.
Zambia Orphanage We have given $54,610 to support the Lake Tanganyika Good News Orphan Ministry. We continue to support this growing school with $1,000 each month while we can. The ministry consists of a school for 60 local orphan children attending three classes, Playgroup, Grade 0 and Grade 1. Orphans in Mpulungu, Zambia, are rejected and neglected and workers could see when they came to the orphanage that they were starved for love and also undernourished physically. After a year of loving care and sound teaching, these children are more healthy emotionally and physically. The children are taught by Zambian teachers who have been trained at an Operation Mobilization Teacher Training College. They also receive breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. They are educated about how to have good hygiene as well. Teachers visit the homes of the orphans each Saturday to connect with the guardians and gain better understanding of the situation each child is coming from.
There are about a dozen individual African men and women who Africa Imports also supports who work to make these good things happen. These men and women do not get paid much by American standards, but they help to make a big difference in the lives of many children and other people where they live. These people help with medical attention, education for children, and other humanitarian activities. Through October 2015, the pay given for these people has totaled $20,800.
Compassion International As of September 2015, Africa Imports has donated $25,912 to support two orphan children through Compassion International.
Uganda Orphanage We have given $10,000 to SMK Orphanage and Farm. This is an orphanage that is empowering orphans and youth with an education and skills in agriculture. They have created a pig farm from which the orphanage will independently finance their growth and provide further educational opportunities and vocational training to SMK orphans. They also farm maize and provide older orphans with an employment opportunity earning wages for secondary and university education.
Rural Democratic Republic of Congo As of October 2015, Africa Imports has donated $7,000 to support an orphanage in a rural area of Congo near Uganda.
Liberia Charitable Project This project is managed by one of our customers, and is the smallest project that we have been involved with. A one-time gift of $300. was made to help orphans and others in need with the money being distributed by one very dedicated woman from Liberia.
In the past, we had donated to other orphanages in different African countries; paid wages to African people who teach their fellow citizens; and helped trafficked women to build new lives.
The sales of African made products helps support working craftspeople in Africa; and this is the main focus of Africa Imports. The people helped by these donations generally live in very difficult situations.