About African Outreach
We work with grassroots organisations in Africa to develop and deliver life changing projects in their communities.
Our mission is to transform the lives of youth and women living in slum conditions to create livelihood routes out of poverty. We do this by:
- providing training, information and advice to transfer skills, improve livelihoods and empower poor people
- raising awareness of the development issues facing marginalised African communities
- working with local organisations to improve their ability to run their own projects
Our vision is of an urban Africa free from poverty, where people have equal rights and opportunities to support themselves and their families.
In 1993, a group of concerned Africans and supporters living in London started African Outreach. The aim was to mobilise support for grassroots development across the African continent. During those first years, we were a hometown association run by volunteers who distributed books, clothes and computers to needy communities in Africa. Our funding came solely from association members.
In 2000 we registered as a charity and started partnering small projects run by community based organisations, or CBOs, on the continent. We applied for grants and obtained funds from trusts and donors. We started a project with female domestic assistants and homeless young women to provide them with new skills and help increase their income in Ghana. We also supported a craftworkers’ cooperative in South Africa, and set up a computer training centre for women and youth. Since 2002, we have been funded mainly by Comic Relief, with additional funds being raised by our supporters.
In 2013 we passed the milestone of seeing our 2,000th young entrepreneur graduate in Ghana.
African Outreach is governed by a constitution and a board of trustees who are ultimately responsible for the organisation .
On a day to day basis, AO is administered by a director supported by a small team.