Our founder, Francis Sekate, founded Change Africa for Good after realizing the need for expert volunteers in his community. His projects and the NGOs were being staffed by international volunteering organizations who were out of touch with the real needs of the community or organization they purported to help.
He knew that more could be done to empower both sides - qualified volunteers could help NGOs grow and better serve their communities, and NGOs could provide the kind of life-changing experiences volunteers sought.
In collaboration with a UK-based business consultant, Francis undertook six months of research to identify the challenges facing volunteers and NGOs and to design volunteering solutions.
The idea was to devise a system that would make volunteering appealing to volunteers as well as help NGOs/CBOs to achieve greater impact across East African Region.
The research with the local NGOs and CBOs showed:
Often, partnerships with international volunteering organizations were unsuccessful, leading to wasted time and resources for their organizations
Real experts with the proper skill sets are necessary to deliver towards the NGO’s mission, as well as build their capacity and help become sustainable organizations.
NGOs themselves need to be equipped with the tools and resources to make the most of volunteers assigned to their organizations.
Research among volunteers showed that:
Fewer volunteers are interested in “voluntourism”
They want to make a real, lasting difference to communities.
They need to believe in the causes they are working on.
They are interested in causes with a purpose that connects to their own interests.
They find a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment in helping others.
With limited resources, Francis found consultants who could help design the infrastructure, put all systems together, and kick start the enterprise, leading to the birth of Change Africa For Good.