Alliance for Youth Development in Africa (AYDA) is a multinational nonprofit organization that advocates for improved conditions for youth development to acquire the skills and confidence to excel in school and continue education. We believe that education is a root cause for many problems later in life, such as poor hygiene habits, under-developed communication skills, and a severe lack of confidence and thus motivation to continue school.
It is our belief that we can fulfill this mission in multiple ways. We first started by supporting an existing nonprofit organization local to the community that similarly advocated for early-childhood youth development. After AYDA became certified as a nonprofit organization, AYDA set forth to establish a physical presence in the community. In May 2019, AYDA Senegal launched the School of Animal Farming Training (SAFT), and the first overseas AYDA office was established in a leased space June 2019.
Note that AYDA does not believe in doing charity activities in place of the responsibility of the government. AYDA believes in finding deficiencies and flagging them to the Ministry of Education and other government agencies that are responsible for overseeing educational facilities and youth development programs. However, it is often necessary to build schools and open AYDA offices to listen to those in need in order to accomplish our goals.
We believe that nonprofit organization charities should narrow their scope of purpose and charitable activities to a single target group and geographic location. For an average nonprofit organization of our size, including the entire African continent and its 54 sovereign nations is an ambitious goal. We have confidence in the millions of global charities to incorporate other regions of the world into their geographic scope.
We support emergency aid to war-torn nations and other countries suffering from natural disasters and other crises; however, we believe that our long-term goals will be accomplished by large investments in education and skill-building, which require infrastructure that is very vulnerable in the least developed nations and particularly those areas experience unstable political and ethnic violence. The nations we select are those often frequented by representatives from neighboring African nations which may notice efforts by AYDA that can be replicated in their own nations.
The nations we select are those that are least likely to experience conditions that make our charitable infrastructure vulnerable to abandonment or even destruction. The most probable conditions to damage AYDA infrastructure are influxes in immigration from neighboring countries that experience conditions that produce emigrating refugees.
AYDA is registered nonprofit organization with the U.S. state of Washington and is a class 501c3 nonprofit charity with the United State Internal Revenue Services, which reviews every financial transaction from international donor to final purchase in Senegal. This is accomplished as AYDA corporate and AYDA Senegal each have bank accounts that continue the financial trail from donor to recipient. Receipts of purchases are received by the local AYDA teams abroad, scanned, and archived in the AYDA database.