Hope is the Spark that Changes Lives

      1. Schools sign up to raise funds during 2014-2015 school year. Challenge ends in early-April, with tallies sent to AFCA by April 15.  School sends this filled out form to AFCA to be included in the Challenge.
      2. One contact person works with AFCA directly
      3. School can do any fundraiser they want to, but send AFCA a write up so we can announce it on our website.  If you'd like to download a suggested checklist, click here.
      4. All funds raised are sent to AFCA by check or via on-line donation
      5. The school that raises the most will receive a plaque for the school and special mention on social media, website, newsletter, and press release in area of school
      6. Schools who raise over $10,000 will be invited to send a student or teacher representative on a Vacation with a Purpose team to help in one of our projects in Africa
      7. All schools will receive a breakdown of how their funds were spent on behalf of children in Africa

Contact Tanya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want your school to participate in this exciting challenge.  Click here for some FAQ regarding the Challenge.

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What are schools around the world doing for children in Africa?



Linden Hall - Lititz, PA, USA.

linden hall - lititz PA students

In late fall 2012, members of the Linden Hall Student Council excitedly announced to the Linden Hall community their new partnership with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). And in less than two months, fundraising efforts from sales from holiday cards and bake goods by the school’s more than 250 students were realized with a cash donation of $1,650.

On Friday, February 8, 2013, more than 40 Linden Hall students rang in the Year of the Snake at a Chinese New Year Celebration held in Carr Arts. A small committee of American and Asian students, supervised by faculty member Hui-Ling Singer, planned the benefit event which included lots of traditional Chinese food, music, a raffle, and time with friends.

Proceeds from the event, which totaled over $300, will help to ship medical equipment and supplies to a hospital in Africa that cares for HIV+ women and children.

A team of girls (with chaperones) will be going to Mombasa, Kenya during Spring break 2014 in order to help build a house for an AIDS orphan.  We are so excited to have the girls visit children they’ve been helping through their fundraising endeavors and we can’t wait to hear their stories when they return!


World Hunger Project - Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

World Hunger Project is a high school club dedicated tofighting hunger globally and locally.  In the spring of 2012, WHP chose to donate to AFCA's Sustainable Food Project for children in Kenya.  We raised money through various fundraisers, such as an Easter egg hunt and food sales.  WHP is glad to have helped in AFCA's strive to help others, and hopes to continuing to the great cause of hunger relief.


American International School of Abuja - Abuja, Nigeria

Awareness, empathy, and fighting back against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa is why over a 130 students, parents, teachers, and friends of American International School of Abuja came out to the AISA track to run and walk for three hours. Symbolizing the struggle children with HIV and AIDS live with everyday, participants challenged themselves to run and walk as many laps as possible in three hours. For every lap completed participants raised money that will be sent to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. 92% of the funds sent will be used directly to benefit children, guardians, and soon-to-be mothers affected by HIV inKenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In November 2013, it was powerful american international school of abuja nigeriato see so many people running and walking on the track for the cause. Empowered with a desire to help others more than a thousand laps were completed and $3,600 were raised in this three hour event.

It is amazing to see the good people can do when we are all running in the same direction for a common cause. Event organizer Matthew Goodness said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to organize and run an event like this for an organization working hard to make a positive impact on this continent. I love seeing people coming out to support a cause like this as well as challenging themselves physically and improving their own personal health. Not only are we raising awareness of a serious problem in Africa, but we are being proactive by promoting personal health and awareness at the same time.”


Lebanon Catholic School - Lebanon, PA, USA

lebanon catholic schoolIn January 2014, during Catholic Schools Week, students from Lebanon Catholic School held a penny and coin war.  All classes (including teachers) competed against each other during a fierce week of battle, knowing that all the proceeds would be given to help children in Africa.  By the end of the week, the students had raised $2050!

The campaign for “Penny War for the Poor” was a little hazy at first for our student body. It was not until Mrs. Tanya Weaver took the stage and shared what $1 can do for children who are so desperately hungry in Africa. Her story made a profound impact on our school community, which included students in grades pre-k through 12th grade, faculty, and parents. The goal was evident. We would dig deep to collect as many pennies and silver coins so that African children could be fed, medicine could be provided, and supplies could be distributed. Children were heard saying, “Now a child can have clean water for a year!”

Over 180,000 pennies were collected in just four days. If I could share one thought with other teachers, it would be that as individuals we cannot do everything for every cause. But, we can do something.

This was Lebanon Catholic School's something.


St. Joseph Catholic School - Wakefield, MA, USA

Saint Joseph School's mission is to produce graduates with the character, integrity, knowledge and skills necessary for high achievement in secondary school in a supportive faith-based Catholic learning community. They certainly were achieving their mission as they raised $2200 through a Penny War as part of Catholic Schools Week in January 2014.


St. John the Baptist School - Peabody, MA, USA

The mission of St. John the Baptist School is dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education that encourages its community to be life-long learners and leaders, to live their faith with high moral standards, and to grow academically, spiritually, and socially. In January 2014, they truly showed their support for their mission as they raised funds for AFCA as part of Catholic Schools Week.


Operation Day's Work - various schools in USA

operation day's work Operation Day's Work (ODW) is a national organization that is run by students. ODW creates a framework to expose students to the dynamic and diverse world around them while learning about the importance of volunteerism and community building. It empowers young people to show the world that they can be real leaders, and that a good idea can make a powerful difference in helping people improve their own lives.

This year ODW students selected Zimbabwe to fund a project related to livestock and education, allowing Zimbabwean orphans to receive training in basic husbandry while they learn to grow their own flocks in order to become self-sustaining.   This spring, students and teachers at each ODW school have been organizing activities to educate and enlist the help of their classmates, school administration, local leaders, and community in order to raise $15,000 for AFCA's Livelihoods Programs in rural Zimbabwe.

Students have organized work days to raise funds for the project, as well as having hosted a large rummage sale that also benefited needy folks in their own communities.  They planted a Peace Park by their local library, thereby beautifying their community while helping the kids in Africa. 

A student ambassador was also sent to Mombasa, Kenya as part of a Vacation with a Purpose in June 2013.  She helped build two houses for AIDS orphans, changing their lives forever.  


Annville Elementary School, Annville, PA , USA

Cole Youtz raised money  at his school, for a total of $267.23, to help children in Africa.  He also collected diapers, baby wipes, crayons and rullers which will be put into school bags and will be sent to orphaned children. Way to go, Cole!


Oak Park River Forest High School - Oak Park, IL, USA


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