Core Values

Diversity: Embracing the differences and similarities among all peoples of the world in regards to universal understanding, friendship, and respect.

Relevance: Nurturing the daily impact of how helping others less fortunate than ourselves impacts our lives, and the essence of how helping others ultimately leads to helping ourselves. Everyone benefits from philanthropy. 

Transformation: By donating a sheep or a goat to a village, sponsoring a child to go to school, or supporting an artist, one has helped to transform an individual’s life. By donating services, in cash or in kind, toward clean drinking water in a rural area, one has helped to transform an entire community of people’s lives. 

Sustainability: With sustainability, all efforts of SSAAP are effective to their fullest potential. By studying the culture, we have a better understanding of how to best serve the people.  Likewise, Africans gain knowledge about food storage, hygiene, health, maintenance of water resources and other topics, which help to ensure sustainability. 

Transparency and Accountability: Accuracy in documentation, clarity in reports, and honesty in interactions concerning finances are examples of accountability.Transparency is clarity in how money is spent so that funds are not squandered.   This is especially important in relation to SSAAP’s credibility with donors, with other sources of funding and with the IRS.

Heather C. Cumming, Founder and Executive Director of Simwatachela Sustainable Agricultural and Arts Program


SSAAP is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, ID #: 27-2033029.

All donations are tax-exempt through SSAAP.




Please consider donating to SSAAP. Any donation will help. No donation is too small.