The Happy Africa Foundation is a non-profit that works to implement long-term, positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa. They currently operate in East and Southern Africa to ‘Educate, Enrich and Empower’ in three main areas of focus: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition and Empowering community. The Happy Africa Foundation recognizes the importance of identifying and fully understanding the unique needs of each community in order to effectively and sustainably address them. So they limit their reach to a smaller number of communities concentrating their efforts on building trust, nurturing lasting relationships and ensuring the sustainability of their involvement in each community.
These communities often lack access to education, health services, nutritious food or safe places to play. Without these basic necessities it is difficult for individuals and families to feel empowered or to better themselves. Making a meaningful impact in these communities can take the form of providing access to education and health services, improving nutrition or creating a safe environment where children can play and learn.
The Happy Africa Foundation locations
The Happy Africa Foundation has their head office in Cape Town and operates their projects from several different location in Southern and Eastern Africa. Internships at all locations are possible with a minimum of three months. With internships of six months or longer it’s possible to combine a stay at the head office with a stay at one of the project offices to get the most out of your experience.
- Cape Town (South Africa) – Based in Noordhoek, Cape Town and serves as the heart for the projects working in other parts of Eastern and Southern Africa. They provide logistical, strategic and financial support.
- Cape Town project (South Africa) – The projects in Cape Town deal with issues of gender equality, educational support in Early Childhood Development and beyond, Health and wellness through feeding schemes and gardening initiatives as well as sport development.
- Kruger (South Africa) – Kruger is the first and one of the biggest national parks in South Africa. The projects in Kruger focus on conservation and education, but greater yet the harmony, conflict and sustainable development of the wildlife and the humans sharing one space. This way honing in on research that will actually impact the way humans and wildlife engages and how to sustainably develop what is available in the natural beauty of greater Kruger.
- Livingstone (Zambia) – Serious strides are made in the areas of employment and employable skills; education; medical assistance, community development and sports development. For example Sponsor a Child (children who graduated through to complete High School, and to University), The Girl Impact project (with a focus on gender equality), classrooms built to accommodate more learners at schools in the community, a myriad of gardens and their hospital project.
- Moshi (Tanzania) – Moshi has Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak as its backdrop. Masaai are challenged with pressure from the modern world through the struggles with education, gender equality, and general health and wellness. The projects range from the forgotten senior citizens, the girl child, as well as early childhood development.
- St. Lucia (South Africa) – St. Lucia is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal province, and they work on a few projects on Medical Assistance, Early Child Development and community Empowerment. These areas are important for the community since the highest incidence of HIV/Aids is found in the province, with high unemployment, low levels of education and consequently a low esteem among the people of Khula and surrounding villages.
- Zanzibar (Tanzania) – Projects are involved with Marine Conservation, Early Childhood Development, as well as Nutrition and Health. The Happy Africa Foundation works in Jambiani and builds a learning center where students will now get to measure the impact of the center on the local residents and beneficiaries. This is the start of a success story where African Impact, The Happy Africa Foundation and the local government in Zanzibar work together to offer quality education to all the people residing on the archipelago.
Internships at The Happy Africa Foundation
You are sure to form a large part of the support for the communities, alongside local staff as well as be involved with different aspects such as fundraising, communication, marketing and programme development through monitoring and evaluations. You will be exposed to cultural work ethics and practices in the sites which are supported by local staff in relation to the countries they are in. Their internship therefore allows for cultural immersion, skill building and experiential learning.