President’s Corner: Spring 2017
Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
In our Western society, we are aware of the constant noisy parade of bad news portraying conflicts, anger, and violence. It can become wearying and disheartening. But I am fortunate to have Orphans Africa in my life. It is a light shining in the middle of extreme poverty for orphan children. It is the good news of hope and success. In the words of my Tanzanian friends, they “chased poverty away!”
During my last visit to Tanzania, our secondary school headmaster announced the locations of where many of our graduates would be going for higher education: Esther to Iringa, Benedictor to Morogoro, David and Deborah to Mbeya, and the list went on. None of these kids would have even gone to secondary school without the assistance of Orphans Africa and you, our donors, who support us.
I have been in classes with these kids, sat and had conversations with them, shared a meal with them, given them school supplies donated by OA, and watched them laugh and play and cry and dance. Besides school, their common bond is the pain of being an orphan in extreme poverty. In a nation where the average education is five years, our graduates going into higher education are well suited to excel and make a big difference to Tanzania.
Orphans Africa celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. I have observed many orphan kids from that first year gain hope and become successful. They found a place to belong. I told them that they were loved. I told them that you care. When I named the many nations around the world who support the work of Orphans Africa, they reacted with glee. If only you could see their faces when I tell them that you know they are there. Thank you for these ten amazing years. Thank you for helping thousands of orphan children. You are their heroes, and you are mine.
Carl Gann, Volunteer President and Co-founder