current work

Creighton Sunflower HELP Centre

America to Africa works with local humanitarian organizations.

Children's School Bus

Facility for social work and counseling with a friendly environment for children and survivors of gender violence. Winner of the Ingwe Mayoral Award for Service to the Community 2011.

Facility for victims of gender and sexual violence. National White Ribbon and CPSI Public Sector Innovation Award winner 2006, Woodburn Trophy winner 2008.

health, education & life projects

The S'khumbuzo Zulu Disability Program

Outreach program in partnership with local humanitarian organizations that provides care and therapy to special needs children and adults for weekly clinics.

Through goverment and health interventions, further education and training is provided to teachers and students.  Food and resources include daily hot meals and toys at the school.

Isibani Sezwe Centocow Pre-School Association

Children of HELP Centre

The Sunflower Project

America to Africa provides food and resources to students and teachers.

Rural Animal Project

Founded to empower women to tackle issues within their community. Identified issues include gender violence, teenage pregnancy, hunger, HIV and AIDS.

America to Africa serves the elderly with health clinics.

Project that provides clinical services such as rabies vaccinations for the local animal population in partnership with the local Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. 

America to Africa empowering women within their community.

Centocow Leadership Training Group

Rescued dog from rural animal project.

Instituted in 2011 in memory of Jill Stokes, a trained nurse and pillar of the community. Seeks to serve the elderly members of our community with health clinics, and distribution of clothing.

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Partnership with Rights for All Women (RAW) from Denmark. Counselors were trained and certified, and stationed in 11 villages in the Ingwe municipal area.

Jill Stokes Memorial Project

Counseling Training and Services

Help us build a project.

We need to build a shelter where mothers and children can stay and be protected for several days, rather than turned back to their abusers.

America to Africa trains and certifies counselors in the Ingwe area.

Finding Shelter:

South Africa has one of the most shockingly high levels of gender violence in the world and rural KwaZulu-Natal is tragically a hot spot. 

The Sunflower Project is based in Ingwe, a resource-poor area of KwaZulu-Natal where the triple burden of disease is most keenly felt. In the entire area there is not one shelter for abused woman and their children - a terrifying fact if you are someone like Bongi (name changed.)

Bongi is a young woman abandoned by her own mother, sexually abused by her uncle and living in a highly abusive relationship with a boyfriend who promised the world and then turned on her shortly after she had his baby.  Bongi came to Sunflower on foot, having walked through the night for more than 20 km with her little daughter strapped to her back. Her belongings, including her much-needed identity documents and all her clothing, had been burned by her boyfriend in a jealous rage after beating her within an inch of her life, cheered on by his brothers. 

This seems impossible to believe but it is the truth. Terrified, bruised, and completely bereft, she found her way to our door with her little girl, disheveled but safe and happy. The ladies at Sunflower with little to offer have managed to slowly and lovingly help Bongi and her child piece their lives back together. They have lived for more than a year in a temporary shelter and it has been to them their home. It is a humble but safe base from which to rebuild their lives. 

Nobuhle (name changed) came to Sunflower after she was displaced with her five children after being severely beaten by her life partner who no longer has any interest in her or her children. 

Another young woman who is losing her sight was housed at Sunflower when she was abused by her own brothers after the death of their mother. 

The stories go on and violence is tragic, daily reality in our communities. The high burden of disease, poverty, and substance abuse serve as a catalyst to the spiral of frustration and abuse that exists. 

Shelter is something that we all seek at times in our lives. For some, it's from the elements and when the world seems cruel. Most of the women we serve simply have nowhere else to turn, no loving arms to run to or safe homes in which they can lock themselves and their little ones. Our dream is to provide such a place - a shelter where love, care, warmth, comfort, compassion, and restoration can be found. Bongi is living proof that they can change their lives once and for all. Bongi's daughter will not slip into the same spiral of violence that so easily could have cost her mother her life. 

We all have skills and the commitment. All we need now are the resources to make this a reality to continue serving the most vulnerable women and children find shelter. 

Help the Sunflower Project continue to serve vulnerable women & children. 

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our mission & goals

America to Africa H.E.L.P. LLC is currently in its ninth year of operation. We are a non-profit, community-based organization-for the people and by the people.

Joni Sullivan started America to Africaby working with the Small Village Foundation and partnering with the WC Swanson Foundation which is based out of Utah. Together they donated medical supplies and equipment to St. Apollinaris Hospital in Centocow, South Africa. Next, Sullivan focused her efforts on providing a feeding program to the primary school in Ioxopa which could only feed a quarter of its students. The foundation quickly grew from there with Sullivan returning to South Africa from Idaho with Rhonda Sandmeyer and a construction company to build toilet facilities and install running water for the nursery schools in the Kwazulu-Natal Province.

America to Africa now supports over a dozen projects with help from humanitarian organizations and partnerships.  Our main goals are to develop self-sustaining projects which will provide economic growth in the local South African communities and improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa as a means for them to escape poverty and improve the quality of their future. Over the years we have been able to provide medical supplies, teach skills training, fund local projects, disability therapy clinics, food deliveries, teach collaboration opportunities and construct toilet and water supplies for Creches (nursery schools).

Our vision is to improve the lives of underprivileged children and people in the resource-poor communities of Africa.We strive to restore hope and dignity in an atmosphere of social upliftment. Our core values are love sincerity, inclusivity and fun and we believe that this is evident in all of our programs and projects.

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"Our mission is to improve the lives of the disadvantaged children of Africa as a means for them to escape poverty and to improve the quality of their future." 

Part 2: About us

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Part 1: About us

Part 3: Health care in south africa

Registered as a Non-profit Organization (077-258 NPO) in March 2010 and as a Public Benefit Organization 930034499-18A Tax Exempt in September 2010 as the South African partner to America to Africa, HELP.


Joni Sullivan, President & Founder

Gene Sullivan, MD, Vice President

Greg Satz, Secretary/Treasurer

Nancy Vannorsdel, Boise ID

Julie Jones, San Luis Obispo CA

Yvonne Gibb, Miami Beach FL

Debbie Rowe, Exec Director, South Africa

our mission

Centacow Catholic Mission

Small Village Foundation

Sisonke Municipality

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board members

In December 2013, the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, unyielding resolve and eternal optimism. The definition of hope in the dictionary is: "the feeling of what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for best." Nelson Mandela was a man who hoped with all his heart and soul to end apartheid. In his inaugural speech he said; "We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of millions of our people. we enter into a convenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of the inalienable right to human dignity - a Rainbow Nation at peace with itself and the word." As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we have come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.

Video overview of the work of America to Africa at the bi-monthly health clinic located at the Sunflower Centre. Video credit Craig Sullivan and 43 Productions.

Introductory video on the America to Africa HELP organization. Video credit Craig Sullivan and 43 Productions.

Introductory video on the America to Africa HELP organization. Video credit Craig Sullivan and 43 Productions.

This is the first video that details what we are about. Health is the topic and it gives a brief example of the challenges we face in South Africa. Thanks again to , Craig Sullivan and 43 Productions for their hard work on this video.

Posted by America To Africa HELP on Thursday, January 29, 2015
America to Africa H.E.LP. introduction.

Here is the final intro piece. I think it turned out great. Thanks to Craig Sullivan, 43 Productions for the help with all the post work.

Posted by America To Africa HELP on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We are working on a video of our work in South Africa.This will come in installments . Thanks to my son Craig'sskills as a filmmaker here is our first introduction.

Posted by America To Africa HELP on Saturday, December 27, 2014
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South Africa has the 6th highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, and in the area we work 80% of the population live on less than $2.00 per day with little access to safe sanitation and a safe water supply. In addition to HIV/AIDS, many children are also affected by poverty and hunger in some way. When parents die of AIDS, they leave behind their oldest children to take care of the younger children or they are left with grandparents who are unable to provide adequate care. 

Many of our sites receive food, so the children are assured of at least one cooked meal each school day. Food and resources are provided by the Creighton Community Church, Small Village Foundation and Kingdom Kidz.There is a great need to encourage children to complete their schooling in order for them to maximize their potential. Orphans, children heading households and children taking care of their ailing parents are often neglected. They lack the fundamental means of support to maintain their dignity and self-esteem, such as school uniforms. Little Heroes Project addresses this and also assists with school liaison and school work support, coupled with moral support and encouragement to strive for success.

The Creighton Sunflower HELP Centre has become the beating heart of the community in Creighton of the KwaZulu-Natal province.The Centre comprises: Thola Ulwazi Creighton Pre-School, Tiny Toes Play Group, and the S'khumbuzo Zulu Memorial Disability Clinic. The outside rooms have been converted into a counseling a training centre complete with an office, kitchen and bathroom for our work with survivors of gender violence. The veranda provides shade for visitors, it is especially useful for wheelchair users.  An old sandpit at the centre has been renovated into a classroom for the Tiny Toes Pre-School where over 50 children aged 2-5 attend. In the centre's beautiful indigenous garden there is a trampoline and swimming pool for the children to get swimming lessons. A greenhouse has also been donated by the team from Kingdom Kidz Pretoria for a place to grow vegetables for the children. 

We are continuing our community-outreach program on educating and assisting survivors of gender violence through the Sunflower Project. In 2011 we partnered with Childline to conduct campaigns in local schools and are very proud to have exposed a number of cases which has successfully been resolved. 

Our next project is to build a shelter whereby mothers and children can stay and be protected for several days, rather than being turned back to their abusers. The shelter will be the first of its kind in the entire district. The cost to build 10 rooms is approximately $25,000. The work will be done by local construction crews, giving an economic boost to the area.

The disability clinic is now in full swing every week. What used to be monthly has been expanded to weekly. Thanks to our benefactor's support, many children are being helped through therapy. Cerebral Palsy and many birth defects is a big problem in this area due to poor prenatal care. When the clinic first started, there were only 10 children but has now grown to over 50 children receiving treatment.

New dresses for the Orphan Village  girls were made and donated by the Spanish speaking branch of the Mormon Church in Paso Robles, California.

The  counseling center has been dedicated to the memory of the late Mr. Maurice Gibb, of the famous singing group the "Bee Gees". The funds for the renovations were graciously donated by his loving wife Yvonne. The Maurice Gibb Counseling Center will be able to help hundreds of South Africans who are being oppressed by gender violence and unable to escape their plight.

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what we do

Any humanitarian welfare organization cannot function without active support from the community at large and every gram of help, support, encouragement, and kindness often makes the difference between giving up and going on. We salute each and every person who is part of our work; we would be lost without you.

We respectfully asknowledge the following partnerships:

Creighton Women's Auxiliary - Support too numerous to detail

Michaelmas Nursing College - Student Social Auxiliary Worker Program

Biblionef - Library books for local schools

Sibongakonke Community - Physical and spiritual support for children of Hlabeni village

St. Apollinaris Hospital - Monitoring and support of children after they are discharged

Ixopo and District Local Victim Empowerment Forum - Continued district research

Ingwe and District Humanitarian Organization Coalition - Advocacy network for civil society mobilization

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our mission & goals

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The America to Africa, HELP Organization is geographically based in Ingwe Municipality, of the Sisonke District in the KwaZulu-Natal province. KwaZulu-Natal is on South Africa's eastern seaboard between the Indian Ocean and the mountains. South Africa currently has the highest Gini coefficient - gap between the incomes of the rich and the poor. Unemployment currently sits at more than 50% of the employable population with more than half of households below the poverty line. Our projects in the Sisonke District help people where there is relatively poor access to basic services such as electricity, sanitation and piped water.

Please feel free to use the contact form below to get in touch with America to Africa, HELP if you have any questions about the organization, our projects or volunteer opportunities.

It takes very little in U.S. dollars to make a huge difference for the the people of South Africa. Five hundred dollars will also feed 150 school children for a month. Fifty dollars will buy seeds for a garden. Children are living on half a potato a day, so any amount that you choose to donate makes a difference.

America to Africa is a non-profit 501(c)3. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.