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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

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

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that strives to end poverty in Zambia, Africa. They give their all to help children escape poverty and help them have hope for a future through education and through Jesus.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Darrelynn E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Crystal53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Glenn V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Chris161

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope provides lasting change to children and families living in extreme poverty by providing an education, nutrition, clean water, leadership & economic skills, and medical care. An education alone can break the cycle of poverty but the addition of learning lasting skill sets creates endless possibilities in Zambia! African Vision of Hope thrives on its volunteers here in the States. Likewise, African Vision of Hope is dependent on donations ranging from school supplies to medical supplies. Volunteers and donations enable this non-profit to really focus on the children's needs.

We are so blessed as Americans to have three meals a day, clothing, and shelter and often times in our comfort, we dismiss the troubles of the world, thinking "..that is really sad, but there is nothing I can do about it." African Vision of Hope says YES, we can do something about it....one child at a time! #DoSomething! #AfricanVisionOfHope

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Donor

Rating: 5

You will not find a more committed group of leaders than at AVOH. I love what they do, but I really love the way they do it. I will always support this wonderful mission!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is a wonderful organization that genuinely reaches all aspects of life in Zambia. As a volunteer, I was privileged to see where the donations go and how they are used. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how the organization trains Zambians to continue the mission and use all materials wisely. The passion and love of all volunteers was always present as they were involved in multiple ministries including health, children, youth, women, and men. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great organization and I am greatly influenced for the rest of my life by AVOH, its people, and its mission.

2 Blake F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope does an excellent job addressing all of the needs of Zambia. It is a well-rounded non-profit. They address the issues of education, poverty, hunger, faith, etc. Their greatest strength is that they equip and empower Zambians to further the work there, and that is crucial to any non-profit's success.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope believes in empowering some of the poorest and most hopeless people in the world. It is amazing to see how this organization has grown and truly changed and saved lives in Zambia.
This organization is also changing the lives of people in this country. Being a part of this organization and volunteering is a great experience. Surrounding yourself with like minded Christians who want to make a difference is definitely a great way to serve!

2 weesi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AVOH truly is living out the mission of "doing something" about poverty in Zambia. It is amazing to see all the work that goes into the mission here on this side of the world and then go there (which I've been twice now) and see how it is truly changing lives on the other side of the world. The enthusiasm in the children who now get to go to school, have medical care and know that they are loved is amazing. With some organizations you wonder if your donation is really getting to where it is supposed to go. I can tell you that is not a problem with AVOH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about AVOH for about 7 years, but in the past year became involved as a volunteer and a mission team member to Zambia. It is 100% "the real deal." Everyone involved is passionate about serving those in need. I have never met so many truly Christian people involved in one organization ever! The children who are being educated, fed and have the word of Jesus brought to them in Zambia are the most grateful, joyful people I have ever met. AVOH has helped the people of Zambia not only become much healthier physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. It was been truly a blessing to be involved with them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grand-daughter and I participated in a mission trip to Zambia this year with AVOH. It is truly amazing the work they are doing. Changing the lives of children and the face of Zambia.

1 1942Peter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is a ministry of Love to the orphans and widows in Zambia. Aids has devastated the continent leaving kids with NO parents or support groups. AVOH is trying to fill the gap with food, clothing, shelter, education and spiritual guidance to the poorest of the poor. Jesus said " do this to the least of these and you have done it unto me.' Supporting AVOH is responding to the call to Love and Help "the least of these". AVOH also supports the Baptist Theological Seminary with funds to train new pastors. Pastors who have a personal relationship with Christ and share it everywhere.
Three generations of our family have visited and ministered to these kids. First hand, up close.... it's real. AVOH is making a difference, one kid at a time. Thank you Lord for touching the hearts that serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to AVOH through our church Life Group and joined the volunteer ranks. It's been said you will never be the same after taking a mission trip. Simply put...YEP! You can not truly appreciate the conditions the orphans of Zambia live in. Pictures alone can not tell the story. Your heart is touched differently when you personally visit and touch kids with no food, little water, sparse clothing living in unsanitary conditions in tiny shacks. You see desperate kids with little or no Hope. AVOH helps change these lives with Christian Love. They provide food, clothing, shelter, education.... but most importantly, Hope. Hope for today, Hope for he future and Hope for eternity with a loving God. In 6 years I have witnessed this effort triple in size and it continues to grow serving more and more vulnerable children. Our Life Group sponsors a child who graduates from High School in 2014. What a blessing for her. What an even bigger blessing for us. Yes, there are a lot of orphans in the vast sea called sub-Sahara Africa. AVOH helps one at a time. That one helps another, who helps another.... It's a biblical vision. Jesus called it The Great Commission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter has participated in a mission trip to Zambia through AVOH and has seen first hand how important their ministry is and how our contributions are changing lives.