Nhaka Foundation

Established by Patrick Makokoro in 2008, Nhaka Foundation is a not for profit organization that implements a series of programs designed for children and their families to have access to education, food, healthcare, and other supports through innovative ways grounded in cooperation, community, context and culture. Nhaka Foundation staff and funding partners work daily to address some of the challenges faced by children and their families in Africa. Nhaka Foundation has country operations in Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe and a business development office in the USA.

Visit the Nhaka Foundation website to donate, partner or support the work in Africa.

ECD In Africa

ECDinAfrica launched several key initiatives in support of Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (ECD) in Africa, including: ECD Seminars, Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU), African International ECD Conferences series, African Scholars and Institutions (AS&I), and the African ECD Compendium, while working closely with key international, African and country-level organizations throughout Africa. ECDinAfrica is building on successes from the initiatives identified above, revising those initiatives where and how needed, promoting a larger UNESCO Tri-Chairs scholarly network, and establishing a stronger communications strategy as part of a broader build, back, better plan to promote and advance ECD in Africa.

Visit ECDinAfrica website for any scholarly and academic partnerships in Africa.


Zimbabwe Network for Early Childhood Development (ZINECDA) was founded by Patrick Makokoro in 2012 as part of an advocacy project for the World Forum Foundation. The Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Actors (ZINECDA) has grown to be a national umbrella body working in partnership to influence policies, programmes and practice related to Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Zimbabwe, Africa. The recognition of inequality in accessing Early Childhood Development information, absence of standardized professional services, lack of or poor infrastructure and inadequate nutritional and learning materials within this sector was instrumental in the establishment of the organization.

Visit ZINECDA website for early childhood development networking and partnership opportunities in Zimbabwe.

Africa Early Childhood Network

Along with a small group of colleagues representing various African countries, Patrick Makokoro co-founded the African Early Childhood Network headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. This early childhood development network works to champion the developmental needs of young children in Africa. The driving influence towards establishing the network was the concurrence amongst the colleagues at that time that it was important to have a platform that brings together civic society professionals, academia and funders to support the Early Childhood Development sector on the African continent. Following initial meetings in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2014, Patrick Makokoro and colleagues began the journey of developing this network which has now grown to support national early childhood development networks across Africa. Contact the AfECN Secretariat for more information about the growing work in Africa and be sure to check out the website.

Visit AfECN website for early childhood development networking in Africa.