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AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE

Educate . Equip . Empower .

aka AVOH   |   Maryville, IL   |  www.africanvisionofhope.org

Mission

African Vision of Hope is a Christian organization committed to bringing immediate and lasting solutions to children and families living in extreme poverty. We confront the root causes of poverty by providing opportunities to be educated, grow up healthy, develop leadership and economic skills and learn about God’s love.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Judith Bertels

Main address

8 Professional Park Drive

Maryville, IL 62062 USA

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EIN

71-0929252

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

African Vision of Hope works with orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia who are living in extreme poverty. We work together with local leaders to address the challenges and provide solutions for these children. Extreme Poverty robs a chid of access to education, clean water, food, shelter, and someone to love them. African Vision of Hope provides free education schools with qualified teachers. Each school provides a hot lunch, counselors, loving and trained teachers, and the opportunity to completed their 12th grade education. African Vision of Hope then provides higher education scholarships to ensure these children are able to complete their goals and become a leader and voice in their community. Many of our students are graduating college as teachers, lawyers, doctors and engineers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

Every child has the right to go to school & learn but not every child has the opportunity. Children living in extreme poverty in Zambia, Africa face many challenges stealing their education including forced child labor, early child marriage, inability to pay school fees, caring for sick parents or siblings and undernourishment. African Vision of Hope is committed to educating and empowering the next generation of leaders, releasing them from this vicious cycle. Working with communities to identify the most vulnerable children, we put them in a desk in school. Thanks to generous donors, we are able to:
•Operate six (6) African Vision of Hope Christian Schools for 4600+ children
•Provide a Christ-centered education with teachers who model physical, intellectual, and spiritual maturity by leading with integrity, compassion, and wisdom
•Provide scholarships for higher education and seminary
•Provide vocational programs of sewing, farming, welding/carpentry for economic development

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Africa is a continent rich in natural resources, yet hunger and food security steal the lives of thousands every day. We provide children and families with:
•African Vision of Hope lunch programs have fortified rice meals are packed with vitamins, minerals and protein to meet the demands of growing bodies
•Serving 20,899 lunches per week
•A school lunch provides a dramatic improvement in a child’s health and learning while relieving the stress of how families will feed their children
•A school lunch allows children to pay attention in class instead of worrying where their next meal will come from + gives them energy to walk to and from school
•Each campus has sanitation and deep water wells to provide clean water, keeping children healthy and in school
•It is impossible for a child to receive a quality education without access to clean water
•The average distance to collect water is 4 miles, carrying a 40-pound container on your head
•8,230 people are provided clean water every day

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People of African descent
Orphans
Transitioning children

By 2035, sub-Saharan Africa will have a working population larger than the entire rest of the world combined. Thus it is critical for education in Zambia to reach new levels with skills creating and promoting more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs. Without an investment in STEM education, Zambia will lag drastically behind in economic growth.
•The African Vision of Hope Christian Academy of Science and Technology opened in January 2023 with students who will contribute to their nation’s growing potential
•Robotics Clubs are increasing and our global team participated in the first ever STEM Convention in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka
•Over the next few years, every campus will include chemistry and biology labs
•Extending and broadening this knowledge to children who have previously not had access to or been represented in the sciences will change the face of their nation and the world
•Growing doctors, mathematicians, scientists, engineers and more!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of African descent
Orphans
Transitioning children
Economically disadvantaged people

Zambia is one of the hardest places in the world to be a child and is home to one of the largest orphan populations in the world. Without parents or advocates, children are exploited. Every child deserves to feel safe, protected, treasured, and worth fighting for. African Vision of Hope Child Protection Officers (CPOs) are stationed at each of our 6 school campuses. It is their job to identify children who are living in vulnerable situations, rescue them, and give them a safe place to call home. Everyday, CPOs confront abusers, advocate for girls who are being forced into child marriage, and reaches out a hand to children who are losing their way. Rescue Homes provide:
•African Vision of Hope has Four (4) Rescue Communities protecting 151 children whose lives are transformed forever
•Freedom and safety from violence
•Learning their worth in Christ
•Christ-centered education
•Clean water
•Nutritious meals
•Family support, counseling and mentoring

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Victims and oppressed people
Orphans
Transitioning children

Vocational programs of sewing, farming, welding, and carpentry are teaching and training skills that harness economic development and reduce poverty, and teach self-sufficiency and how to produce an income. Hope Trades & Training is a vocational and business program at African Vision of Hope that exists to exalt Christ, provide jobs, and help create funds for rescuing more children from extreme poverty through access to education. Programs under this umbrella are sewing, small scale farming, welding, and carpentry, all teaching training skills to harness economic development and reduce poverty. Skills training:
•Lifts young people and vulnerable families out of extreme poverty
•Provides the community with in demand products and services
•2,000 uniforms, 300 desks, numerous gates, water stands and shelving units were welded, 25,000 pounds of cabbage, eggplant, corn & tomatoes and 1,000 chickens were produced in the last year

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Extremely poor people
Orphans

Every African Vision of Hope program is built on the common thread of sharing the gospel/making disciples. Students take part in Good News clubs, praise & worship, Bible study, and chapel, being equipped with the tools they will need to live their lives for Christ.
•1134 students completed high school: These students have developed critical thinking skills, can read and write, problem solve, and are able to contribute to helping their families, community and country.
•177 graduates have received college scholarships: These graduates will have generational impacts on their families & country. Children who once lived in the streets are now becoming doctors, lawyers, pastors, accountants, nurses, teachers, and more!
•58 sponsored seminary students graduated: They will teach, train, and make disciples. They understand the complexities & culture needed to reach into the darkest parts of Africa. They are building self-sustaining churches reaching thousands for Christ.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Developing Godly Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Nutrition and Clean Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children receiving medical services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Rescuing & Restoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth receiving HIV prevention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Rescuing & Restoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of adolescents receiving a wellness checkup

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Rescuing & Restoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving information on suicide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of free open heart surgeries performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Rescuing & Restoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Nutrition and Clean Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Orphans, Grandparents, Single parents, Stepparents

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

African Vision of Hope mission is to end extreme poverty in Zambia and help children grow up healthy, loved and able to make an impact in their community and country. We know that a quality education will give children decision making skills, enable them to be a voice in their country, they will marry later, it reduces HIV/AIDS and provides innovation and job skills that their country desperately needs.

African Vision of Hope has built 6 school campuses in Zambia that provide a free education for vulnerable and orphaned children. We currently have 6 rescue homes that house 144 children and plan to build more in 2021-2022. Our child protection officers in Zambia work with street children to identify those who are in greatest need. These children are enrolled in school in the African Vision of Hope program. If they lack shelter, African Vision of Hope will give them a home in one of our rescue homes. African Vision of Hope has a conservation farm in Chikumbi, Zambia that grows food for the schools and also educates local farmers on how to increase their yields.

African Vision of Hope treats the child in a holistic manner by also providing medical care and training and teaching children and adults about HIV/AIDS. African Vision of Hope also provides vitamin fortified meals, clean water at all schools, clean sanitation and counseling to help children who have suffered physical, phycological and sexual abuse.

African Vision of Hope has trained teachers and trained leaders.

African Vision of Hope started with 24 children in 2003 and now has over 4600 children enrolled in school in grades 1-12. Our leadership team in Zambia and our leadership team in America work together on a daily basis to meet our goals . Each side of the globe has advisory boards and government boards that seek to make sure the mission of African Vision of Hope is lived out each day.

African Vision of Hope has a child sponsorship program that helps build relationship between the donor and the orphaned child.

African Vision of Hope has grown every year since 2003, increased the amount of children they are helping, increased donations and keep the mission, culture and values as the driving force each day.

African Visions of Hope has over 200 volunteers per year that donate over 13,000 hours of volunteer time.

We have had 765 students complete high school since 2012. These are children who would never had stepped into a classroom. 90 children have completed college and 63 are in college with an African Vision of Hope Scholarship. We also have 56 students in Seminary studying to be the future Christian leaders in Zambia.
Our main goal is to provide access to education to even more vulnerable children by building more classrooms at our existing campus locations and providing them the educational tools they will need.
Hiring highly qualified math and science teachers to teach at our STEM school that opened in 2023.
Build more rescue homes to provide for the needs of many orphans in Zambia.
Working with youth to develop leaders that will guide their community and country.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judith Bertels

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability