About ARA Corp:
Background
Vision
Mission
Staff and Volunteers
BACKGROUND: The African Renaissance Ambassador (A-RA) is a growing movement for
transformation in Africa fighting poverty and disease through the prism of  1) curbing
brain drain  and 2) preventing brain waste of Africa's most valuable resource, her
human potential. For example, over the passed years A-RA has amongst other things:
  1. provided school fees for over 2000 talented/smart orphans  (potential Albert
    Einteins and Nelson Mandelas) in Cameroon to PREVENT BRAIN WASTE which
    would otherwise ensue because these potential-laden orphans would not be
    able to afford going to school  (EDUCATION/TRAINING)
  2. provided care and treatment  (HEALTH/CARE) for ca. 160 epileptics, 130
    disabled and abandoned elderly citizens to PREVENT BRAIN WASTE which
    would otherwise ensue because of stigma, incapacitation and death
  3. TRAINED over 270 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on community health
    (with the support of partners PLAN International and Roll Back Malaria) and
    organized Cancer awareness/prevention campaigns to PREVENT BRAIN WASTE
    that would otherwise ensue dues to disease & death
  4. EDUCATED over 30 000 secondary school students on the pros and cons of
    emigration from Africa (see publications) to enable informed emigration
    decisions that help to CURB BRAIN DRAIN that would otherwise ensue due to the
    loss of Africa's most valuable human resource/potential and PREVENT BRAIN
    WASTE that would otherwise ensue due to the worst experiences of African
    emigrants e.g. death while trying to reach Europe in Canoes,  the invisible
    chains/restrictions on illegal immigrants/asylum seekers, underemployment, etc
  5. provided microfinance and TRAINING for over 50 women and their families over
    the past year to enable them provide EDUCATION and HEALTH/CARE for their
    children to PREVENT BRAIN WASTE...

A-RA's unique approach builds on:
  1. lessons learned from the Worst and the Best experiences of Africans living
    abroad, (see here) and the devastating consequences of African brain
    drain/waste on Education, health and development
  2. Nelson Mandela's call that " We (Africans) must take responsibility for our own
    destiny, that we will uplift ourselves only by our own efforts in partnership with
    those (Non-Africans) who wish us well.”     
  3. the recognition that the most sustainable solution to poverty and disease in
    Africa is to prevent African 'brain' waste (waste of human potential) and to turn
    brain drain to brain circulation
Partners who have
supported  A-RA's
transformative work
Outreach partner
in Cameroon
Kwacha Africa Kenya
Outreach partner Kenya
Leipzig English Church
Outreach Partner,
Germany
Cameroon Radio and
Television
ARA Debates Media
Partner
Harvard Memorial Church
Outreach Support partner
Germany based Humanitäre
Hilfe e.V.
Outreach support Partner
Some ARA staff and Volunteers in action
ARA Cameroon Staff welcome PLAN visitors from the US
ARA Microfinance  Director  (right) visit the poor and shut in
Lydia Asana, Masters in
Non-profit Management, CNP
Co-founder & CEO

(Carrying a potential-laden next
generation African Renaissance
Ambassador
Medicine for Africa
Diaspora Outreach
Partner
African Diaspora Volunteers mobilizing African Emigrants to partner
with A-RA: turning brain drain to 'brain circulation'
Cameroon Government:
Ministry of National Education:
ARA Debates partner
Ministry of Public Health and
Cameroon Cancer Control
Committee
Health Outreach partner
Roll Back Malaria
Health Outreach Partner
About Us
“…It is our light, not our
darkness that most frightens
us. We ask ourselves, Who
am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually,
who are you not to be? You
are a child of God. Your
playing small does not serve
the world. There is nothing
enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't
feel insecure around you. We
are all meant to shine, as
children do. We were born to
make manifest the glory of
God that is within us. It's not
just in some of us; it's in
everyone. And as we let our
own light shine, we
unconsciously give other
people permission to do the
same. As we are liberated
from our own fear, our
presence automatically
liberates others.”
 
ARA’s African
Renaissance Creed
by Marianne Williamson
Wilfred Ngwa, P.hD
Co-founder & Board Chair

(Visiting abandoned disabled
woman who inspired A-RA's
microfinance program. Watch the
inspirational video
here)
Catherine Befu, Mrs
Honorary President

(Caring for orphans, the future of
Africa)
Honorine Neba, Mrs
A-RA Cameroon Microfinance Manager

(Honorine herself is a success story of the
Microfinance program, having benefited from
it herself. Read her story
here)
VISION: Our Vision is a globally beneficial African Renaissance (Transformation)
MISSION: A-RA’s mission is  to catalyze a globally beneficial African
Renaissance by   empowering an elite new cadre of next generation Africans
(African Renaissance Ambassadors) who will use their potential (brain/talents)
to champion the cause for artistic, scientific and socio-economic transformation
in Africa. Empowerment will be accomplished via the following 4  
complementary activities:
1)        Empower women to send next generation Africans to school via the
Sustainable impact Microfinance program
2)        Support next generation  Africans while they are in school via A-RA clubs:
sharing an alternative dream to travelling abroad  and empowering them to
discover/realize their true potential and prepare for after college
3)        Empowering them beyond school/college  via microgrants to use their
brain power/talents  in helping address African health challenges, and drive
development and transformation,

These activities are leveraged by 1) A-RA outreach  (Education, Health/Care)
support  for orphans and the marginalized who have no parents/or support and  
2) Catalyzing international collaborations with Africans in Diaspora and goodwill
non-Africans and organizations.
Click here to learn more about our work fighting brain waste
Kenneth Numfor, PhD
Arts Renaissance Division Director
A-RA is a 501 (c) 3
Not-for-profit  Organization
(in the United States of
America)
African Renaissance Ambassador (A-RA) Corporation
MISSION: A-RA’s mission is  to catalyze a globally beneficial African
Renaissance by   empowering an elite new cadre of next generation Africans
(African Renaissance Ambassadors) who will use their potential (brain/talents)
to champion the cause for artistic, scientific and socio-economic transformation
in Africa. Empowerment will be accomplished via the following 4  
complementary activities:
1)        Empower women to send next generation Africans to school via the
Sustainable impact Microfinance program
2)        Support next generation  Africans while they are in school via A-RA clubs:
sharing an alternative dream to travelling abroad  and empowering them to
discover/realize their true potential and prepare for after college
3)        Empowering them beyond school/college  via microgrants to use their
brain power/talents  in helping address African health challenges, and drive
development and transformation,

These activities are leveraged by 1) A-RA outreach  (Education, Health/Care)
support  for orphans and the marginalized who have no parents/or support and  
2) Catalyzing international collaborations with Africans in Diaspora and goodwill
non-Africans and organizations.
Click here to learn more about our work fighting brain waste