CHANGING LIVES THROUGH SELF-SUSTAINING EDUCATION

Watch the video below “starring” Aziza, one of the many orphan students served by Orphans Africa.¬† Your donations help keep these children educated, fed, and even clothed!

WE ARE MAKING A VIABLE IMPACT

SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR GIRLS

HELP US BUILD A DORMITORY FOR GIRLS IN AFRICA SO THEY CAN ATTEND SCHOOL

Isandula Technical College in Tanzania needs a dorm for girls. A dorm will provide a safe place to live while learning technical skills that will provide an opportunity for jobs. Many girls live too far away to safely travel back and forth for classes and there is no place for them to stay on campus.  Join us in supporting girls education and giving them tools to pull themselves out of poverty and abuse. Everyone deserves the best life they can have! Click or scan the QR Code below to donate now and have your gift matched. 

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EDUCATION OF ORPHANS IN AFRICA

OUR MISSION

Orphans Africa envisions a world without poverty in which all persons have the freedom and opportunities to pursue happiness and maximize their potential.

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED

YOUR SUPPORT

It's easy to donate to Orphans Africa and every little bit counts. We greatly appreciate the generosity of all our supporters.

INNOVATIVE & PRACTICAL STRATEGIES

OUR PROGRAM

Orphans Africa believes in development, not aid, as development at the grassroots level empowers people to rise to their own giftedness and break the cycle of poverty.

ROOTED IN HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
MOVING PEOPLE AWAY FROM POVERTY
IT IS EVERY PERSON'S RIGHT TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND DETERMINE THEIR OWN DESTINY.

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.

PASSIONATE PEOPLE DOING PASSIONATE WORK

Our Founders

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Carl Gann

Co-Founder, President

Carl Gann is a co-founder of Orphans Africa with his wife, Michele Torrey, and friend, Liza De Guzman.  He began donating his spare time in 2007 to help the orphans and widows in Tanzania.  This resulted in the creation of Orphans Africa in 2007.

Elizabeth (Liza) De Guzman

Co-Founder

At eleven years old, Liza moved from the Philippines to a small farm town in Iowa. She remembers the hard life living in a third world country and continues to support her relatives. Liza received her Master in Pastoral Study from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. Her passions are traveling around the world and making a difference in the lives of people.

Michele Torrey

Co-Founder

Michele Torrey is a co-founder of Orphans Africa, along with her husband Carl Gann and friend Liza De Guzman. She is the author of twelve books for children and young adults, is a professional speaker and presenter, holds a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Religion from Graceland University, and is an ordained minister with Community of Christ.

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Carl Gann

Carl Gann is a co-founder of Orphans Africa with his wife, Michele Torrey, and friend, Liza de Guzman. He began donating his spare time in 2007 to orphans and widows in Tanzania. This resulted in the creation of Orphans Africa in 2007. Carl has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Religion from Graceland University. Carl continues his work as a rehabilitation counselor in the Tacoma and Seattle, Washington area. He is an ordained minister with Community of Christ and the President of Orphans Africa.

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Elizabeth (Liza) B. DeGuzman

At eleven years old, Liza moved from the Philippines to a small farm town in Iowa. She remembers the hard life living in a third world country and continues to support her relatives with necessities, funds, and tuition. From an early age, her family lectured Liza on the importance of an education. Liza graduated with a bachelor degree in nursing. She is currently working as a pediatric flight nurse for a medical air transport company in Seattle. Liza also received her Master in Pastoral Study from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. She uses this degree volunteering as a congregational support minister. Her passions are traveling around the world and making a difference in the lives of people.

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Michele Torrey

Michele Torrey is a co-founder of Orphans Africa, along with her husband Carl Gann and friend Liza DeGuzman. Ever since she can remember, Michele has wanted to help the children of Africa. Having lived for ten years overseas and traveled to over thirty-three countries throughout the world, Michele understands the challenges and rewards of working in partnership with other cultures. She is the author of twelve books for children and young adults, is a professional speaker and presenter, holds a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Religion from Graceland University, and is an ordained minister with Community of Christ.

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