Acacia Global's second year of progress

With enormous gratitude, we wanted to share some of the work that together, we’ve accomplished. We are an all-volunteer organization, working to make a difference for individuals and communities in Africa.

HISA (Hope Initiatives of Southern Africa) is a model nonprofit organization located outside of Windhoek, Namibia. HISA provides orphans and vulnerable children with healthy food and a good education. Acacia Global is proud to support their life-changing activities.

Many talented young people in South Africa never have the opportunity to realize their full potential because they lack the funds to get an education. In 2013, Acacia Global sponsored three students to attend MSC College in Bellville. They all exceeded the academic standards set by the college.

Acacia Global’s support of Lehlohonolo Primary School in Guguletu meets several of our programmatic priorities: education, community gardens and food aid. Acacia Global contributed funds for seedlings, garden tools and a fence for a school garden that provides 300 students with spinach, tomatoes, beetroot and more for the school’s lunch program. Full stomachs help students learn.

The award-winning, income-generating project, Monkeybiz, continues to be a special partner for Acacia Global. The whimsical, beaded animals crafted by the Monkeybiz artists are sold through Acacia Global board members in Minnesota, Idaho and California. All proceeds from the sale of products supports community projects in South Africa.

Bheki Kunene, founder and president of MindTrix, the first graphic design company in the township of Guguletu, is the recipient of Acacia Global’s inaugural Microloan Program. An interest-free loan of $5,000 has allowed MindTrix to expand their office space, increase their marketing efforts and expand their customer base, which has resulted in the creation of more jobs.

On Human Rights Day, Acacia Global announced the recipient of its first “Global Leadership Award.” The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Community activist, Mandla Majola, was recognized for his tireless work to reduce HIV/AIDS, sexual violence against women and poverty.

Acacia Global continues its commitment to provide food and nutrition to people impacted by disease and poverty through our Emergency Food AID program. Families suffering with HIV/AIDS and strokes received life-sustaining groceries and home-delivered meals in 2013.

Susan Everson