Our Vision

Education can alleviate poverty, hunger, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Our Impact

Since 2009, Achieve in Africa has worked in rural villages of Tanzania to refurbish and expand an overcrowded primary school, build a village’s first secondary school, provide a community learning center, and equip two schools with electricity. Current efforts are focused on constructing more classrooms and desks to expand the secondary school, which currently benefits over 1,200 students.

Our Story

AIA’s co-founder, Brendan Callahan, first went on a relief trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2007 when he witnessed the lack of educational infrastructure in the country firsthand. He was inspired by the children’s enthusiasm for learning, despite the distressed state and lack of schools.

Noticing the need across the country and limited help available, Brendan and co-founder, Alyssa Snow (Callahan), formed Achieve in Africa as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in September of 2008 to help improve education in rural areas of Africa that are most in need.

Upper left: Co-Founder Brendan Callahan, shakes hands with Olasiti District Warden to symbolize a partnership between AIA and the local government. Above: Board Member Mark Wiesel with children. Left: Board Member Bill Callahan with children.

Our Mission

Improve education in rural Africa to provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential, lead better lives, and inspire future generations.

Our Policy

AIA is run solely by volunteers, and 95% of all donations are directed for program expenses (such as building classrooms and desks) and 5% are reserved for administrative expenses (such as costs associated with mailing letters to our donors).

Donations are not used for travel to Africa, in accordance with our bylaws, and all AIA volunteers and leadership fund their own travel separately. AIA ensures that we are in compliance with all federal and state tax filings every year.

The Facts


  • At 30%, Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest primary and secondary school enrollment rate in the world.
  • One-third of all school-aged children not enrolled in school live in Africa.
  • Half of African women over age 25, and 40% of Africans over age 15 are illiterate.


  • Half of the African population lives on less than US $1 a day.
  • Globally, Sub-Saharan Africa is only region in the last 25 years where poverty has increased.
  • 32 of the 38 heavily indebted countries in the world are in Africa.


  • About 5,500 Africans die each day from AIDS.
  • Two-thirds of people newly infected with HIV across the globe and three-quarters of all HIV-related deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 28 million Africans are HIV-positive, which is close to the population of Canada.