• You talk about "mission trips". Does that mean that you are a religious group?
• Can anyone join you on your mission trips to Africa?
• Isn't it dangerous to travel to Africa?
• Will my donations be tax deductible?
• What percentage of my donation will actually go toward helping the children?
• Wouldn’t it make more sense to just give the children money for food?
• Aren’t there a lot of problems in our own country that need our attention?
Q: You talk about “mission trips” that you send to Africa. Does that mean that you are a religious group?
A: Aid Africa’s Children, Inc is incorporated as a charitable organization, not a religious one. The trips we send to African countries include people from all faith backgrounds, though our host organizations are often churches and inter-denominational Christian community organizations. The work that we do is primarily humanitarian in nature. Top
Q: Can anyone join you on your mission trips to Africa?
A: We have brought people from other parts of the country; however, most mission preparation takes place in the greater Chicago land area. We take applications from a wide variety of interested parties and try to match skill sets with the focus of each mission endeavor. For more information, you may contact Aid Africa's Children, Inc. vice president at
Q: What are the precautions necessary for traveling throughout Africa?
A: We provide instructions on the recommended immunizations for travel on the mission trip. We train our missioners carefully in cross-cultural traditions and communications. We have not had any serious illness or accidents to-date among participants. Top
Q: Will my donations be tax deductible?
A: Yes. Your donation will provide much needed funding for projects such as community development, medical assistance and disease prevention. Aid Africa’s Children, Inc. is a Not For Profit corporation qualified as a 501(c)(3). Top
Q: What percentage of my donation will actually go toward helping the children that need assistance?A: At the present time AAC has not been through a full fiscal year. We currently have a volunteer staff and are fully committed to assuring that a substantial amount of the donations will go directly for aiding Africa’s children. Top
Q: You talk about community building and projects that you pay for. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just give the children money for food?
A: We have found the best way to help the children is to address the physical, social, and economic needs of the communities in which they live. We do crisis intervention by providing food, water and medical needs. We also meet with community leaders to assess the needs of each community from their perspective. The old saying, “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach him to fish he will eat for a lifetime” has validity in African countries. We aim to empower the children and their caregivers by teaching them to be independent of donations for their sustenance. Most adults and caregivers definitely have great needs that we can financially help with, but the most healthy, long-term social dynamic is to support and encourage them in their efforts to help themselves. Top
Q: Aren’t there a lot of problems in our own country that need our attention? Why go to Africa?A: Different people are “called” to help in different areas of the world. Our vision is to help the children of Africa. According to 2006 data from UNAIDS, 15,000,000 children worldwide have been orphaned by AIDS, 13 million from Sub Saharan Africa. The poverty level in the US is not comparable to what we have seen in Africa. The United States has social assistance programs that are not always available in countries in Africa or other parts of the world. We live in the wealthiest, most materially blessed nation in the world and we have the ability to help much more than we have been, not only as individuals, but as a nation. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice each person makes for himself, as a matter of conscience and sense of justice. Top