FUTURE HOPE AFRICA: WHO WE ARE
Bintu escaped war and starvation in her homeland. Then she returned to help it rebuild.
Future Hope Africa is an international partnership developed by Americans working in Europe and a citizen of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Between 2004-2007, several American expatriates met through the ministry of International Baptist Church (IBC) in Jurbise, Belgium. Through this fellowship, they were introduced to a dynamic Congolese woman named Nabintu (Bintu) Mujambere.
A partnership begins
Bintu grew up in war-ravaged Bukavu in the late-1990s. She and most of her family escaped from rebels in the eastern DRC by walking more than 400 miles through the jungle north to Kisangani. They endured hardships including starvation and harrassment by rebel militias. The family eventually emigrated to Nairobi, Kenya, where they stayed for one year as war raged across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Nairobi, Bintu and her sisters began learning English. In the early 2000s, she moved to Belgium to attend the University of Mons. She pursued a degree in French education and attended the International Baptist Church to worship, make friends and improve her English. She soon became an integral member of the church family.
As Bintu continued her studies, her thoughts were never far from Bukavu and the families suffering there, especially the children. While most young people from the DRC leave to attend college and never return, Bintu envisioned going back to use her newfound knowledge to help improve education and life for the people. Her church family was enthusiastic and a support group formed to provide financial and prayer partnership.
As security and stability slowly returned to her region, Bintu traveled to Bukavu in 2008 to begin the process of opening education centers there. She and a small team tenaciously worked through bureaucratic indifference and hostility and opened two centers:
One to assist teachers in improving their French instruction
The other to help students with homework and to tutor them in French and Swahili.
Bintu formed Education Asbl, a Congolese non-profit organization, to fund and support these centers and other works. The fledgling project soon blossomed as word spread. She hired additional teachers and began outreach to schools to form partnerships in the community. The number of children using her after-school center quickly increased.
Meanwhile, a core group of American supporters recognized the need for a fund-raising organization to provide sustainable financial resources. In 2012, they began the process of forming a U.S.-based non-profit to support E-Asbl and its expansion. In 2013, the organization officially became Future Hope Africa, Inc.
Since then, the organization and its impact on the community has consistently grown. As the Bible verse that inspires our work states, we believe the best is yet to come.