Who We Are
The African Cultural Exchange, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to provide cross-cultural links between Americans and Africans. The African Cultural Exchange is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The main thrust of the activities centers around providing American expertise and skills for short-term rural development efforts in African villages. These also involve sharing interpersonal relations with the rural communities while working with them in community activities.
The vision of The African Cultural Exchange is to share the culture of Africa with the world by providing humanitarian links to Africa through support of cross-cultural, developmental, educational, and health care projects with the view towards enriching the lives of all participants through improving cross-cultural understanding and partnerships for progress.
The next phase of The African Cultural Exchange activities, 2000 and beyond, in addition to the cultural exchanges, will involve the long term placement of technical volunteers, provision of emergency medical assistance, and furthering our engagement with the communities in sustainable cultural and technology projects. These technical volunteers will be sought from the U.S. and will be actively involved with rural groups and villagers in African projects that have a lasting and sustainable impact.
While having a visible presence in Africa through its Regional Offices, The African Cultural Exchange will emphasize support to viable community projects and activities ranging from food production, technology and culture, education and literacy, primary health care, rural income generation, etc. Our activities will emphasize close collaboration with local NGO’s working in the rural areas that provide similar assistance, with a view to expand development efforts by support of grassroots efforts. Our strategy also involves working with communities and development partners utilizing existing traditional methods of identifying needs to develop village based plans. Emphasis is on current scientific methods of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) to develop community action plans. These enable communities to have a greater feeling of ownership of projects. Thereby, community members are better encouraged to fully participate in projects to ensure their continuity. The New York Office, run by The Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with secretarial and logistic support staff coordinates the Regional teams. This office is mainly involved in fund-raising as well as implementing monitoring, evaluation and financial reporting standards to meet donor and funding requirements.