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Who We Are



The Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) is committed to increasing access to quality public education in East Africa, especially for girls.  Why?  Because education, more than any other sector of development, seeds dramatic improvement in poverty reduction, gender equality, health outcomes, child immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Simply put, widely available public education will lead to a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future for Africa.


For now ASAP has chosen to focus on Tanzania because it struggles with one of the worst education systems in East Africa.  Our solution is to systematically develop community schools in rural regions of Tanzania and to provide a safety net for girls who face a dismal future without access to school.  We build strong partnerships with the villagers and government in every community where we work.  Our entire school building model is predicated on community ownership and project sustainability.  Our work is scalable and replicable to maximize impact in the greatest number of places.  And, we work hard to ensure everything we do is efficient, effective and culturally appropriate.


ASAP also leads groups of volunteers to Africa each June to lend a hand in the school construction process.  This powerful concept of bega kwa bega (Swahili for “shoulder to shoulder”) has been central to our model since the beginning.  Check out the volunteer page for more details and to watch a short video about this amazing experience!


ASAP is a 501(c)3 and is an NGO registered with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.





Secondary Education For Girls


Did you know...96% of rural Tanzanian girls drop out before they finish lower secondary school?

Tanzania has made considerable progress towards universal primary education but struggles to achieve acceptable transition rates to higher education for girls. The lower secondary completion rate for girls in Tanzania is 8%, and the number drops to 4% in rural areas.  The national upper secondary school completion rate for girls is 2% (1% for girls from rural areas).


Something must be done to address this high drop out rate because the benefits of education for girls are indisputable.  Girls with a secondary education will have higher family incomes, marry later, have fewer children and at an older age, invest into their children’s education and immunize their children 50% more than mothers who are not educated. And AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls with education. Simply put, girl’s education has a central role to play in overall global development.


For this reason, ASAP created The Kupanda Project for Girls, an innovative approach to comprehensively support girls to gain a quality secondary school education in rural Tanzania. The idea is simple – bring together, under one program, myriad supports for Tanzanian girls so they can safely access school and complete their lower secondary education. It is our goal to show that completion rates for girls at rural lower secondary schools will rise to 80% or higher by building dormitories and providing girls with personal support, academic programs and a leadership & empowerment curriculum.


The Kupanda Project is a replicable model that can be implemented in rural communities across Tanzania and other East African countries. By achieving this scale, ASAP will contribute to overall gender equality and female empowerment in Tanzania and across Africa.


Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and Support A School!


Join ASAP in June 2016 as we summit the highest peak in Africa…

it will be a grand adventure AND you will help build a better future for children in Tanzania by supporting their education.

Click below to read more about this exciting trip!






Want to Learn More?

 Click below to read more about our school development model and recent news articles about our work.






Meet Our Team

Click below to meet members of the ASAP’s Key Staff and Board of Directors.