GIRLS IN AFRICA
between the ages of 6-11 will never go to school.
Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Grace was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and East Africa in a Christian family where her education began with learning of God’s love through her parent’s powerful example of love unto others. Her father is a pastor who spreads the hope of Christ by sharing the Gospel of Jesus with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other East African countries.
Grace and her family lived in different refugee camps in East Africa, the DRC (also called Congo – Brazzaville). In those camps, Grace began learning about other cultures and she grew to love people she did not know, sharing her gift of singing with other children and in the church. In every place she lived, Grace continued to see and experience the power of simple generosity as those experiences became constant reminders of God’s love to her and her family.
Eventually, the family moved to Kenya, where Grace studied Accounting at Daystar University in Nairobi. Grace’s father could not afford tuition, but the Lord had given Grace a great desire to go to school as she was hungry to learn. As she attended class, despite not having the money, Grace prayed and believed that God would provide the money for her education. Soon, God provided the funds through the generosity of unknown donors from the United States to pay for her tuition in full. God used his people to fulfill Grace’s desire for education.
African Girls Hope Foundation (AGHF) was founded on the power of God’s love for the world, which empowers us to share that same love with our communities and nations. AGHF seeks to make a difference by cultivating hope for the “least of the least” by transforming lives for better futures through the power of education.
In 2008, Grace immigrated to the United States as a refugee. She did not forget how God provided for her college tuition and she began to pray for ways to be a blessing to others. God gave Grace her passion for education, and she knew He was calling her to share the blessing she received with others. In 2009, Grace began supporting girls throughout Africa by paying for their school tuition.
The following year, God called Grace to serve at Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, in the Operation Christmas Child project. As Grace served with this organization, God taught her how He uses simple gifts and generosity to bring hope to people around the world. He continued to remind her of the passion He had given her to be a blessing to African girls who could not afford an education, and Grace started the African Girls Hope Foundation.
Grace now has a Master’s degree in Global Organizational Management, which she completed in 2014, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Human Services, which she is expecting to complete in 2019. Grace is a wife to Denis Horaho and mother to 3 daughters (Deborah, Elsa and Neza). Grace continues to see the tremendous impact of providing girls in Africa an education and her passion to see girls receive this opportunity grow. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With the help of God, Grace believes the African Girls Hope Foundation will open doors for African girls to become future leaders in their countries.
“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Grace was born and raised in the Congo (DRC) and has lived in several East African countries (Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda). As a missionary daughter, she grew up serving in church and her community, where she discovered her passion to serve girls through education. She believes that educated girls are the future leaders of our tomorrow’s generation.
Read more of her story here.
GRACE FARAJA NKUNDABANTU
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Rumbi is most passionate about helping others find their gifts and discover their best selves. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, she has lived in England and Bermuda and currently lives in Connecticut where she happily works in the insurance industry.
Pastor David was born in Atlanta where he was raised in a Christian home and attended Greater Atlanta Christian Academy. He met his bride in Metro Atlanta and together they started a print advertising firm. After selling their business in 1997 they decided to make Boone, North Carolina their home.
David is an ordained pastor and was called to the ministry in 2007. He has served as an Executive Church Leader, Deacon, Deacon Chair, Executive Pastor and currently, holds the position of Senior Pastor of Lifespring Community Church where he has pastored for over two years. Pastor David is an international speaker participating in conferences and missions internationally in Mexico, Nairobi, and Rwanda.
Pastor David’s deepest passion is preaching and teaching the Gospel of Grace and leading people to Jesus. He has a heart for the unchurched along with bringing Christians into a closer relationship with God. David and his wife, Beverly’s lives changed drastically 8 years ago after discovering grace and truth that came through Jesus Christ and their desire is to share this truth and to see others enjoy the victorious life that Jesus came to give. Pastor David’s favorite verse is John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”. David knows that grace is not a doctrine or a theology, grace is a person and that person is Jesus Christ.
Pastor David and Beverly are excited about the amazing things God is doing at their home church and are blessed with an awesome praise and worship team and a most loving and passionate congregation.
When Pastor David and Beverly are not doing church, they enjoy running their retail store, Ezzie-Lou Home & Living where they hand-craft furniture and sell home décor, gifts, and toys. Pastor David and Beverly enjoy working together in every aspect of life and serving hand in hand in their ministry. They are the proud parents of three lovely daughters who have the best husbands around. They also have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren and another on the way in October.
pastor david aderhold
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The African Girls Hope Foundation exists to bring change by supplying school girls with a free Christian education. By empowering them through education, girls will gain the knowledge and confidence to grow into women who will positively contribute to their communities, nations, and the world. Our mission is to empower African girls everywhere with a Christian education.
According to UNESCO – “Across the continent, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all, compared to 6 million boys, according to UIS data. Their disadvantage starts early: 23% of girls are out of primary school compared to 19% of boys. By the time they become adolescents, the exclusion rate for girls is 36% compared to 32% for boys.”
Girls education is a priority, and we at AGHF want to positively impact the lives of girls and young women eager to get an education and empower themselves and their communities.
The school provides a girl’s education from 6 years old to 18 years old.
We have partnered with local pastors running schools in the Mulenge area in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our partners have identified numerous girls in the villages awaiting a Christian education.
School starts in September and ends in July every year. Our goal is to partner and invest in these girls so they can continue their education uninterrupted over the next several years.
Education is not free in Africa. For one girl to attend school, it costs $300 USD. First, all children must have a uniform and the appropriate supplies (notebooks, pencils, etc.). Second, each school requires a tuition fee to pay for the teachers and facility. Only $300 USD supports one girl for a single year of education.
We have automated payments via our AGHF platform, which enables us to see where the money sent to us has come from, and also account and provide a receipt of each donation as a 501(c)(3). Money sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo will go directly to the school’s account.
Thank you for your support! Please visit our get involved page to find others way to be a part of the AGHF mission.
At this time, we do not yet have resources to get supplies to our schools but are exploring this and will share updates in due time.
As a Christian organization, we are led by the Spirit and the Word of God which admonishes us to love and care for our neighbors. As citizens in a global society, our definition of ‘neighbor’ has become more diverse. Our founder Grace, seeing a need in a community she came from, shared her vision and as AGHF we believe we all have a part to play in supporting our sisters in Christ in theCongo.
Matthew 25: 35 – 40 (NIV) “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We believe in a Christian education because faith in Jesus Christ is a gift we desire to share with our neighbors.
African Girls Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All the contributions are tax deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.
African Girls Hope Foundation exists to provide African girls everywhere with a Christian education.
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PO Box 2543 | Boone, NC 28607