Chance for Africa is a program designed to help African children so that they can go to school, particularly for the children of families in the African churches with which we partner. African schools are not 100% free. Many poor families struggle to pay for enrollment fees, books, uniforms, meals, etc. In Africa, finishing High School can mean the difference between success and desperate poverty. Chance for Africa provides the opportunity to those of us who have been blessed financially, to help an African family to pay for these fees so their kids can get an education and change the course of their future.
Mike and Ann-Brigitte lived in Africa for several years and have seen first-hand the challenges that our brothers and sisters face to provide basic education for their children. (Hear from Mike below.) Chance for Africa started in the fall of 2007 with 52 students from the Nairobi, Kenya church being sponsored in that first year. Currently, the program is serving 219 students: 68 who live in East Africa, 36 from French-Speaking Africa, and 115 from West Africa.
The program is administered by the Africa Missions Association led by Executive Director Paul Ramsey, who overseas the accounting and reporting. His wife Candy coordinates all the volunteers here and in Africa to help organize and link the sponsors with the children.
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