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African Vision Of Hope

Rating: 5 stars   61 reviews 1,941

Nonprofit Issues:

International

Address:

8 Professional Park Dr Maryville IL 62062 USA

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, grown up healthy, develop leadership and economic skills and learn about God's love

Target demographics:

vulnerable children and families living in extreme poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year:

1500 students with education, 360,000 nutritious lunches, medical care for 5000 people, clean water for 3 communities

Geographic areas served:

Zambia, Africa

Programs:

Schools, orphanages, medical clinic, spiritual mentoring, clean water, sanitation, hygiene training, nutritious school lunch program, economic and farm development

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Rating: 5 stars  

We learned of African Vision of Hope and began by sponsoring a child over 7 years ago through our Sunday School class. It has been amazing to watch the organization thrive under the leadership of the couple who founded it and the team they have built, as well as watching all the ways God has provided for the growth of their ministry. We have participated with the organization in several different ways and know that the biggest majority of the financial contributions we make go directly to helping the children they focus on. I have seen first hand the impact African Vision of Hope has on the lives, and the families and communities, of the children they serve. The organization has focused largely, but not solely, on educating and empowering the children, so they can become self-sufficient and the future leaders.

 
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I am amazed at the level of commitment and accomplishment I see at African Vision of Hope. African Vision of hope is committed to bringing immediate and lasting solutions to the children of Zambia. To see where they started to present day is nothing short of a miracle. The hard work, dedication, and most of all love poured into these children is truly of God. AVOH continues to look for ways to provide food, education, clean water, developing leadership and economic skills to help break the poverty cycle and learn about God's love. I personally have joined AVOH in 4 mission trips to Zambia and the gratitude and happiness I have seen in the faces of these children is amazing. The relatives/parent of students are also grateful for a way for their children to grow and better themselves. AVOH is very responsible with child sponsorship and donations. They are great stewards of the monies given to support this work.

 
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I am so impressed by the AVOH team, not only have they given their all, but almost all funding is given back into the program to help the children of Zambia succeed by helping them to stay in school, graduate, learn a trade and be productive people in their communities. African Vision of Hope (AVOH) allowed me and my husband to experience the love of the Zambian people and to give back what little we had to offer. These mission trips have changed our lives! AVOH has been able to provide food, water, school supplies, medicine, a school nurse, housing through the orphanage, jobs for local teachers, teaching farming so everyone can provide for their families and much more. I am impressed what they can do on so little. AVOH is to be commended in their dedication to their child sponsor program. Only $30 a month and they can provide so much, WOW

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I had been looking for a place of service that I could make a difference in the lives of people that needed help. The mission trips I had previously been on were all "feel good" trips. Go to the area once and never see the people again, no bonds were formed, no committments made. I wanted more, I wanted to feel connected and really make a difference. My friend invited me in 2011 to go with her to Zambia, Africa and the team she had been involved with (AVOH) I am amazed at African Vision of Hope and their accomplishments. The children are first priority in all things. The amount of dedication by the AVOH staff, volunteers, teachers, medical staff, pastors and seminary students is amazing! The students love going to school, they love their teachers and want to give back to AVOH when they complete their schooling. The director of operations there in Zambia, Andrew Phiri is a gentle and godly man, seeking to bring the best level of education and meet daily needs at each school. Not only do the children get an education they are fed two meals a day, school uniforms are given to each child, school supplies and medical attention as needed by the staff nurse. One of the schools also has an orphanage with 52 boarders staying there. There are a set of house parents that attend to the children and their needs. After my first trip I was hooked! This year was my second year and I will go back as many times as I can. AVOH has a sponsorship program to help with cost of food, clothing, schools supplies, buildings etc. There are ruffly 1000 students at this time in four schools, there are about 300 children that have sponsors. At only $30 a month these children get so much! Another thing I was impressed with is, AVOH has purchased ground to grow their own food, they will teach farming to help feed the schools and help the people sustain themselves. I am very impressed by the level of committment and love that AVOH has for the people of Zambia. If you are looking to serve in a place of great need, African Vision of Hope is where you need to be, they ARE making a difference. African Vision of Hope helps transform the lives of Africa's poorest children and families. They focus on spiritual, physical, economic and social needs. They extend assistance regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race or ethnic background.
I will volunteer as long as I can, I believe in AVOH!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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My wife and I have been associated with AVOH and its founders, Bob and Judi Bertels since the beginning. We continue to volunteer and take trips to Zambia with AVOH because they are the REAL DEAL when it comes to non-profit organizations and doing GOD's work. The kids AVOH helps are some of the poorest of the poor in the world. We have personally witnessed the conditions in Zambia and are amazed at the difference that has taken place since our first visit 10+ years ago. It only takes one time to witness the gentle smile on the face of a double-orphaned child, who you took the time to talk with, for you to realize the kids now have HOPE for their future. That, by far, makes all the work worth it!!

 
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Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of African Vision of Hope. This organization and all of its volunteers are amazing! They are professional, personal and spiritual. They not only care about each and every child in Zambia, but they also care about the volunteers and staff on this side of the globe. I only have good words and praise to say about African Vision of Hope. I feel blessed to be a part of this amazing organization!

 
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Awesome non-profit! I have had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip with this group and see the results personally!!!

 
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I went on a mission trip to Zambia this summer with this group. It is GREAT to see donations that are directly serving and impacting people in need. It was awesome to see schools they have built and continue to sponsor in order for children to receive and education. It was wonderful to see a well that was built in the middle of nowhere so that people may have a clean water supply! Absolutely wonderful! :)

 
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African vision of hope gives children with no means to help themselves a chance to educate themselves and break the cycle of extreme poverty!

 
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Compassion in action~that's African Vision of Hope. Ending extreme poverty in Africa one child at a time~that's African Vision of Hope. Purpose driven~GOD DRIVEN. African Vision of Hope changes lives by educating, equipping and empowering our donors, volunteers and employees to educate, equip and empower children in Africa so they have a hope for their future.

 
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I have known Judy and Bob Bertels for over 10 yrs. We are members of the same church. My husband and I are volunteering for AVOH, and also sponsor children in Zambia. I have never seen money stretched so far. AVOH is very frugal with donations, but also because God blesses and grows as we partner with Him.

 
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If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, then AVOH is the charity for you. I've never seen anyone stretch donations like these people can. The need of these children in Africa is great, the accomplishments of AVOH are awe inspiring. God is truley multiplying these efforts

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I was the guy that would donate to a ministry to further GODS Kingdom, but would not get too involved, much less go on a mission trip to Africa! GOD does have a sense of humor! This March I will going on my 4th mission trip to Zambia with African Vision of Hope. I can't imagine my life without the friendship and love of my brothers and sisters in Zambia whom I am proud to call my family!!!

Chris Covinsky

 
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Many years ago I attended my first AVOH fundraiser dinner and could not resist the opportunity to donate to an organization truly dedicated to "look after orphans and widows in their distress" as our GOD commands! Today my wife and I have three orphan girls that we sponsor in Zambia and both of us have been on mission trips to Zambia to be the hands and feet of CHRIST! I was one of those who thought I could not make a change in this fallen world, but the AVOH family has given me the tools to help my brothers and sisters half way around the world in Zambia! You can donate your time, talents or treasures thru AVOH online. Do something! Make a donation, sponsor a child, volunteer with work that needs to be done, go on a mission trip to Zambia!!!

Chris Covinsky

 
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I have been associated with African Vision of Hope since it's founding. The organization has truely change lives in Zambia one child at a time. We are seeing the fruits of the vision that started 12 years ago. There are now 5 schools with 1700 children and will soon have over 100 children that have graduated the 12th grade. We track their success in the real world and many now have good paying jobs and a large percentage are going into higher education through scholarships provided by African Vision of Hope. The thought of a young boy or girl that had no hope of ever attending school ,now being a productive part of society will change the country.

 
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The amazing transformation of children is the most fruitful life changing attribute that a person will see in the African Vision of Hope schools . In 2003 ,on a dirt floor in a rented beat up building ,with 43 children that were in rags and hungry, a dream and a burden for the children was set into place. Seeing them prosper throught the 10 years that have followed encourages all of us to continue to surrender to the path that God has laid before us . Serving "the least of these" will be a life changing act of service.These children have the ability to change your heart and to brake your heart . Make the choice of sponsoring a child today.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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