Accept. Advance. Build.

About Us

Name

Aba.


In the Akan language, the word Aba means "seed". A seed is a worldwide symbol for growth. The smallest of seeds can grow to give a person food. To give a person water. To give a person shelter. To cure. It can be the small beginning of something big and important. The West African Adinkra symbol "Wawa Aba", the seed of the Wawa tree, symbolizes toughness and perseverance. 


What better symbol for Aba Africa? We plan to plant seeds that become knowledge and acceptance. We plan to be the seed that grows into the strong Wawa tree that builds the facilities for those in need.  

How We Began

Aba Africa Autism was developed in 2018 when our founder made his first visit to Africa and visited a facility in Ghana for those with autism. After seeing the fantastic work of teachers, volunteers, and students, but opened to struggles of running such important programs with a small facility and a need for important supplies, Aba Africa was born. With over 30 students and only 2 classrooms, the school utilized outdoor space as a classroom, unab le to accept any other students with ASD do to size. With the large number of children with ASD and the small facilities, the picture of those with autism and those who desperately are trying to give them the services they need was painted. The central goal of Aba Africa is to raise money to assist in the building of adequate facilities for these schools. 

What Are Our Goals?

Aba Africa's comprehensive goals are facilitating the lifetime connection of autism teachers, activists, parents, researchers, and volunteers through networks and events, and raising money to stimulate the formation of adequate autism facilities and cultivate the growth of awareness in all areas on the continent of Africa.


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

The Team

JAMES HICKS

After volunteering and raising money for different organizations for people with autism, James never thought that a trip to volunteer in Ghana would drive him to set up his own charity.  As of summer 2018, James has worked with students with autism for 8 years across 3 states in the USA. While running the organization, he continues to teach students with autism for Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland.