Empowering African Nations Since 1981


Founded in 1981, IFESH helps improve the lives of people in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing the problems of poverty and illiteracy. Through self-help programs, we specialize in education systems, health, community development and conflict mitigation. The work of IFESH supports the efforts of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and hunger, achieving universal education, combating HIV/AIDS, promoting gender equality and maternal health.

President and CEO Dr. Julie H. Sullivan discussing the IFESH Mission and Vision

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Featured Video - Courtesy/The Africa Channel

Maxine Roberts and Pamela Fisk, two IFESH Volunteer Educators, are interviewed about their work on helping to strengthen the Ghanaian educational system.

Now Recruiting!

Help IFESH make a substantial impact in Africa by joining our IEFA Program!

Ghanaian student teachers assemble learning materials at an IFESH established teacher resource center.

Books for Africa

For a $1.00 a day you can place books in the hands of 300 children in Africa per year.

Please view additional footage from The Africa Channel which highlights IFESH’s education program in Africa.


IFESH is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign. Federal Employees may contribute to us by using CFC# 12703.

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IFESH President & CEO one of Arizona's 'Most Intriguing' Women

In recognition of the centennial of Arizona's becoming the 48th state, 48 women were identified who represent the richness of Arizona's history.  Dr. Julie Sullivan, President and CEO of IFESH, was selected as one of the 48 "most intriguing" women so honored. Congratulations!

For more information, please click on www.48Women.org