In December of 2016, at the end of an extensive period of research and discussion, our team convened in a small office space on the famous Las Vegan Sahara Avenue and filed with the Secretary of State's office in Nevada, marking the official birth of the Central African Relief Effort.
With little-to-no experience in fundraising, and few connections on the continent, the team had a rocky road ahead to achieving its first successes.
To say that fundraising for an infant charity was a struggle would be an understatement, but the C.A.R.E. team was resolute and determined. As our Director of Ground Operations tirelessly studied the region (from histories to languages) and our Director of Fundraising struggled to reach out to U.S. donors, the future began to seem bleak. Sleepless nights followed by early mornings, days filled with fruitless phone calls and failed appeals were frustrating and discouraging. Tensions rose as the team seemingly wasted away in idle hopes that the entire venture not collapse prior to the (at least partial) actualization of its goals.
But the team managed to gain momentum yet. A string of speaking engagements in local churches, a surge of activity surrounding a number of the charity's online campaigns, and a much needed bout of support from friends and connections of our founding team all culminated in a (long overdue) period of highly successful fundraising six months into the charity's lifespan (in May of 2017).
This success yielded to planning for the organization's first ground initiative. The Operational Director's proficiency in conversational Swahili, coupled with a strong connection to UK-Based NGO 'The Mustard Seed Project" made Mombasa a logical choice of location for a supply-and-support mission designed to provide simple, effective relief and streamline our methodology.
Through this mission, initiated in the summer of 2017, C.A.R.E. fed a school of 250 students in Mombasa Kenya for four months with donor-backed food resources (maizemeal and rice for cooking Ugali, as well as beans and cooking oil), as well as providing new educational resources and toys.
For more on this mission, see the Fox 5 interview with our organization's Vice President and Director of Fundraising, Erick Rodriguez, below.
It is through the lessons learned and lives touched in the last year that we press on in our mission of empowering Africans, providing education, and ending conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. Please visit "Our Future" to learn more about what we plan for the organization's future and how we will leverage our exponential growth, and, above all else, please consider leaving a donation of any amount, to help us achieve the dream of a peaceful, stable, and well-educated Central Africa.
Visit "Gallery" for more photos of our Domestic and International operations.
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