What is BIZAA?

BIZAA is the acronym for “Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement.” It is a faith-based initiative focused on fighting the tragedy of child labor, child trafficking and domestic servitude in targeted African countries, starting with Nigeria.

Is BIZAA a licensed non-profit?

Yes, BIZAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible. All donations should be made payable to BIZAA.

Who benefits from BIZAA?

The primary beneficiaries are African child laborers, child trafficking victims and children in domestic servitude and their families. Secondary beneficiaries are American youth in the churches and schools which participate in a curriculum meant to emphasize the promise of global solidarity and explore the injustices of child labor, trafficking and domestic servitude.

Where is the headquarters for BIZAA?

Our U.S. headquarters is in Minnesota, while our African headquarters is in Imo State of Nigeria. All mailed correspondences should be sent to the attention of BIZAA , 4061 Jason Ave. N. St Michael, MN 55376-3060.

How are the results of the BIZAA efforts measured?

We measure results by evaluating our annual plans under these categories: objectives, action plan, expected outcome, and evidence of achievement. We collect data on a monthly basis through our meeting reports from both local and international teams.

What outcomes do you see from your programs?

In 2013, BIZAA’s first year as a non-profit, we successfully completed our first international mission trip to jump start our relationship with two targeted communities in Nigeria. We have an on-going capital campaign to help pay for a site for a proposed technical school. This school will serve a population of 41,000,000 people from 11 different states in the Southeastern and South zones of Nigeria. It will be the first technical school in all of Southeastern Nigeria.

Will names and other information be shared with other organizations?

No. donors will remain anonymous and no information will be shared with other organizations.

Regarding the donations already raised, how is it being used?

Donations are allocated towards the education fund which sends child street laborers to school and gives their families a small micro-loan to off-set the lost income from the child not working, the building fund which is designated for the construction of the first technical school in Southeastern Nigeria, and a general education fund for use by BIZAA for operational expenses incurred by the organization. Ninety-eight percent of donations collected goes directly towards helping the children, only two-percent is used for administrative expenses in Nigeria.

Are there paid positions at BIZAA?

We have been blessed with dedicated volunteers both locally and internationally. However, we provide a small remuneration to the organizational liaisons in Nigeria, to encourage and assist them in managing the BIZAA projects in their communities.

What opportunities are available for us to get involved other than donations?

There are many opportunities to volunteer in our local programs-team membership, attending committee meetings, assisting with youth programs, fundraising for a particular area of BIZAA support, participating in the annual mission trip, donating basic hygiene supplies, and packaging and assembling donations to be shipped. Organizations and schools are encouraged to join the Coalition as advisory members to the BIZAA Board. For more information contact Okey@bizaa.org.

Why do we collect medications and hygiene supplies, since BIZAA is focused on child labor and trafficking?

There is a deep cultural expectation to exchange gifts when a guest arrives. The supplies we distribute on the mission trip help to open communication about our message. In return, the local communities welcome us and give monumental gifts through their Kings.

What mission trip supplies are accepted and needed?

Personal hygiene items-toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, soaps, and hand sanitizers. Over-the-counter medications-Ibuprofen, vitamins, eye drops and glucometer strips. School supplies-pens, pencils, erasers and calculators.

Where will the proposed technical school be located, and what type of programs will be offered?

The technical school will be located in Imo State, Nigeria. It will be the first school of that type in all of Southeastern Nigeria. The first programs will teach the students basic skills in areas such as tailoring, welding, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.

Does BIZAA have an extended plan-of-action in place?

BIZZA has a long-term plan that is being implemented; it is an on-going process, continually being updated as events and circumstances dictate.

It's great to do something for Africa, but what about the needs in our own communities?

We agree, local needs are important and must be met. Through careful planning by our Board and Coalition members many of these needs are met through our various fundraisers. For example, items not sold at the rummage sale are then donated to local charities.

Who leads BIZAA mission trips?

Okey Anyanwu, the Founder and President of BIZAA has been the leader on our mission trips. Okey was born and raised in Nigeria. He has an excellent knowledge of Nigerian social, economic, political and religious issues.

Where have the mission trips taken place?

The mission trips have been to the Southeastern part of Nigeria. Nigeria is in West Africa.

Is it safe to travel to Nigeria?

Nigeria is a safe place to travel to. There are thousands of Americans who live in Nigeria.

Is there a risk of being attacked by Muslims?

The Southeastern part of Nigeria where the mission trip would be taking place is a Christian dominated area. There are no Muslims there.

Are Visas needed to go to Nigeria?

Yes, American citizens do need a visa to enter into Nigeria. BIZAA helps to secure visas for mission trip participants.

When do mission participants need to commit to a trip?

In general, mission participants need to commit to a trip approximately five months prior to departure to accommodate the timing for the purchase of tickets. Information on future mission trips will be provided on this site with enough lead time for participants to decide if they would like to join us.

What has been the cost of the mission trips?

Past trips have cost approximately $3,500.00 to $4,000.00 per person (round trip ticket, lodging, ground transportation, meals). Past trip participants have solicited support for the trips from relatives, friends and other general sponsors. All donations are tax deductible. With regard to qualifications, we do not limit individuals who feel called to travel with us on mission trips – all are welcome to join us.

Where do mission participants stay?

Past mission participants have stayed at a retreat center close to the area of activities.