FUTURE HOPE AFRICA: WHAT WE DO
Building a secure future in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Future Hope Africa strives for a holistic approach to strengthening families and improving communities. We provide educational opportunities and foster the development of faith and character. Because education alone does not lead to employment, we also support business and entrepreneurial education and provide microloans for approved small businesses.
Kanega Education Center
The Kanega center is our flagship service in the city of Bukavu. It provides after-school tutoring for all subjects including French, which is the official language of the DRC and Congolese education. It also maintains a reading and lending library, which is a tremendous benefit given the scarcity of books in the community.
Reading and Lending Library
"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." – Sasha Salmina
If you have a library nearby or grew up with books in your home, then you live in an environment with abundant learning resources. In the DRC, you would be one of an elite few. The city of Bukavu, with nearly one million people, has no public library. In addition, most families have no books in their homes. Not only that, most schools have no curricular books or libraries. That means children in Bukavu may never read or even touch a book. For this reason, our Education Center includes a library and mobile lending library.
Western students take field trips for granted, but in the DRC there is rarely a budget for extra-curricular learning. Future Hope Africa and the Kanega Center plan and fund at least one field trip annually during Vacation Bible School to expand students’ learning opportunitiues.
Scholarships for girls
School isn't free in the DRC. Parents must pay a fee for each child. As a result, they often can only afford to send one of their children. If money is an issue, cultural factors usually prioritize sons, with daughters remaining uneducated at home. Because of this disparity, Future Hope Africa provides scholarships to send girls to school.
Scholarships for college students
A college education is a rarity in the DRC. We help aspiring students make this dream a reality with scholarship funds.
BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Focus Business School
Focus Business School teaches entrepreneurship and finance based on Biblical principles and values. We offer this instruction to local entrepreneurs in partnership with Focus Business School International.
Microloan financing for small businesses
Westerners usually have access to numerous forms of credit. However, the DRC is generally a cash-based society. Financing for entrepreneurial endeavors is difficult to obtain, particularly for people with few financial resources.
The solution? Microloans.
What is a microloan? Investopedia provides this summary:
“Microloans are small loans issued by individuals rather than banks or credit unions. Often, microloans are given to people in Third World countries, where traditional financing is not available, to help them start small businesses. Lenders receive interest on their loans and repayment of principal once the loan has matured.”
In Bukavu, microlending is helping people start sustainable businesses that provide income, employment and family stability. While FHA requires repayment of a loan, it does not charge interest.
COMMUNITY AND YOUTH SERVICES
Young Leaders Clubs
These clubs for girls and boys meet twice a month and teach crafts, life skills and Biblical principles.
The Princess Club for girls and The Prince Club for boys provide children with caring mentors and foster connections to supportive, like-minded students. They also teach basic business concepts and encourage students’ entrepreneurial ideas.
The Green Clubs
The Green Clubs were created in collaboration with local public schools to study and discuss how to take care of and clean up the city. Due to almost nonexistent garbage service in Bukavu, many people dump their trash in the streets. Students are given opportunities to participate in garbage cleanup projects. Currently there are Green Clubs in two local schools. The Green Clubs also have a local radio segment about the importance of keeping Bukavu clean.
Vacation Bible School
Future Hope Africa supports a two-week Vacation Bible School annually in July-August. While these programs are offered in thousands of locations in the United States, this is the only Vacation Bible School in Bukavu, a city of nearly one million. Our program serves about 160 children each year. Because demand is high and resources are limited, some have to be turned away.