About This Project

Africaid was founded by a bold 16-year old, Ashley Shuyler from Denver, Colorado, following a life-changing trip to Tanzania in 2001. During that trip, she realized that there were so many young women without any educational opportunities and decided to do something about it. She recognized the power of education for young women in particular, helping to end the cycle of poverty and empowering them with a key to shaping their own future. Africaid provides secondary school girls with educational opportunities and relevant life-skills. Each girl has access to leadership training, personal mentorship, extra-curricular activities and an extensive professional development network. Africaid provides young women access to university education through a highly competitive program. This program has been expanded to over 20 secondary schools in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro Regions and has impacted thousands of young women. Africaid launched a sister project in 2016 for vulnerable younger adolescent girls in lower secondary school which is a needs-driven training and mentoring program targeting young women having challenges staying in school. The mission, successes and ongoing evolution of programs, and ties to Denver, Colorado make Africaid an excellent organization for the Flahive Family Foundation.