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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

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95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is a great organization and making a difference and impact to Zambian children and families.

Rgood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this nonprofit since I was a child. They are committed to rescuing children and families in Zambia, Africa from extreme poverty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is doing incredible work in Zambia, Africa! I am so excited to see the lives that are being/will be transformed through their 5 schools and scholarship programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing ministry building schools and educating the most vulnerable children in Zambia.

Bob Bertels

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescuing, restoring and transforming orphans across the globe

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Donor

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope has been rescuing children in Zambia for 20 years . Communities ,families, and childrens lives have been saved and changed

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1 Lydia B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does the most amazing work in Zambia, Africa. Every cent goes towards helping educate the people of Zambia, young and old. The lasting impact of this organization can already be seen in the work it has done. Zambia has been changed forever by this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We love African Vision of Hope! Our family knows that the money we send-whether for our sponsored children or to help meet immediate needs of the people in Zambia-is going directly to where they have said it will go. This is why we continue to give and tell others about the integrity of everyone involved with AVOH.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family loves African vision of Hope! When we give to this organization, we give in full confidence that our money is going to help provide educational, medical and spiritual needs involved. We regularly receive pictures and updates on our sponsored children. Judi and the team serve with such integrity, passion and humility. We are honored to serve alongside and help bring children of Zambia out of poverty.

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Donor

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is one of the most linear non-profits I've encountered. A ridiculously high percentage of their resources go towards actually helping the children in Zambia that their efforts are focused on. They not only build schools and orphanages, but they provide literal truckloads of school (and other) supplies for these facilities. Beyond that, there is a concerted effort to make these programs and facilities self-sustaining, which is a great long-range goal and focus.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing better than placing yourself where you see GOD at work!!! Going to Zambia on mission is one of the ways I can be the hands and feet of CHRIST to those in need!!! African Vision of Hope is sharing hope with Zambian people, helping to end extreme poverty one child at a time and sharing the Gospel with this lost world!!! Chris Covinsky

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago, I was the one who was willing to support this ministry, but was not willing to go on a mission trip to serve in Zambia. Ignoring GOD’S call to serve in Zambia resulted in my 5th mission trip with African Vision of Hope this past August with prayers that GOD will continue to have me serve there! GOD has to break us in order grow us and he certainly did with me! To quote a mentor of mine, “ I can’t let extreme poverty continue in Zambia on my watch!” My life is forever changed by GOD and my experiences serving HIM thru African Vision of Hope, sharing hope with the Zambian people! Serving JESUS CHRIST, Chris Covinsky

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nonprofits have a goal, and that's to drive our world to a better future. African Vision of Hope is driving that goal, exceptionally.

Anna31

Board Member

Rating: 5

A ministry that strives to serve with excellence. African Vision of Hope is always looking to partner with business men and women, ministry leaders, and volunteers to develop their strategy in reaching the most children in the most faithful and effective way. AVOH has big dreams for Zambia and is making them a reality!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring the same child for the past 8 years and have joined African Vision of Hope on a number of mission trips from 2006-2014. AVOH has been able to recognize the main sources of poverty in Zambia and faithfully create long lasting solutions for the people. It is an organization that truly empowers students and adults by giving them the resources to realize their potential. Countless lives have been changed through the power of education, safe housing, meals and more, made available through AVOH

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Zambia1959

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is the ONLY ministry I donate to because they are VERY fiscally responsible! Every penny donated goes directly to feed and educate 3000 orphans in Zambia.
It is mainly an all volunteer ministry with minimal overhead. No big salaries for the leadership.
I have personally traveled to Zambia 4 times with African Vision of Hope missionary teams.
AVOH needs our funds to help more children! They are doing an unbelievable job, but need more funds to build more schools and additional feeding programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel very good about donating to African Vision of Hope because I KNOW that nearly every penny of every dollar goes directly to help the orphans. AVOH does NOT have a large overhead at all. They run the ministry on a shoestring. I have also SEEN the effects of my donations by going on several mission trips with the team. I know the kids first hand and SEE the great work that AVOH is doing. African Vision of Hope is the ONLY ministry that I can confidently donate my time and money to and be ASSURED it is truly making a difference in the lives of 1500 orphans!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love supporting African Vision of Hope! Their dedication to serving, feeding and educating children in Zambia is saving lives. There is an urgent need for help and they are making a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've saw firsthand the schools that AVOH operates in Zambia, and the care and concern shown to each student. In addition to the schools that they operate, they do a lot of work in the communities that they serve, helping people uplift themselves in many ways. They continue their support of their high school graduates who want to continue their educations either at University or at a Technical or Nursing school. AVOH's efforts are yielding fruit and will continue to do so, and will in fact have an impact on lifting the entire nation of Zambia. I personally know the founders. I have spent time with them in the US and Zambia, and can tell you that there are no finer people than these.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I donate a fairly large amount each month to AVOH. We do that because I have been in Zambia several times to participate in their projects and have visited their schools, and have saw firsthand the way they operate. Along with helping young people get an education, and helping adults learn skills that will help them earn a living, and providing micro loans or their "Pay-it-Forward" program of providing families with a goat, who in turn provide offspring to other families, AVOH does more. They provide spiritual guidance to young and old, and lastly, they truly love those that they serve. Love is the basis for all that they do, and it shows in the way they care for people, and it shows in the faces of those who are being served. I will also say that they are very careful with the funds they receive and then spend in Zambia. I assure you that you will get a lot of bang for your buck with AVOH.

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Donor

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope truly goes above and beyond to better children's lives throughout various corners of Africa through their Christian focused education programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the ministry of AVOH as it is changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable people and children in the world. I had the privilege of being on a mission team and traveled to Lusaka this year. I saw and witnessed first hand of the way that AVOH is helping to meet the needs of the children and adults through education, nutrition and health needs. Most of all they are sharing the unconditional love of Christ daily. AVOH is providing many opportunities for children and young people to truly rise above the darkness of poverty that is so prevalent
in their country. The Staff and volunteers are unselfishly giving of their time and efforts to this ministry. My husband and I are thrilled to sponsor children with AVOH and support this ministry in any way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing wonderful work by changing the fortunes of children and giving them a future. The passion they have for the work shows through and you can genuinely see the changes and hope in the stories from the children who’s lives have been changed.

Donor

Rating: 5

We got involved after hearing about African Vision of Hope from a friend. It’s been about 3 years now, and we are continually blown away by the quality, integrity and passion of AVOH! Last year we even went Africa and met our students we sponsor. How cool is that!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to be a part of African Vision of Hope for about 10 years now. They've saved 100's in Zambia, not only physically/educationally, but spiritually as well. Their students' stories (going from living in jungle, fighting off hyenas, etc to attending school) are beyond amazing. AVOH is professional, competent, and organized. I've heard lots of horror stories from other African relief organizations, but not one from AVOH. Bob and Judi's devotion, empathy, and selfless dedication are a continuing inspiration to me.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been associated with AVOH for about 6 years now, and can say that I am proud to be a small part of its vision. The work they do is Godly and critical. They have a handful (at most) of paid staff in Africa, all US staff are solely volunteers. They are saving lives on a daily basis in Zambia, and greatly enhancing those they touch. Have known of other Zambian missions that had leadership and logistic issues, fortunately AVOH is well managed, and as efficient as it is visionary. Thanks be to God for showing his will to Bob and Judi, and to them for accepting and embracing it!

1 JillyMo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is bridging the gap from poverty to possibility! At African Vision of Hope, they don’t stop at rescuing children, they help restore their stolen childhoods and dreams of completing school. Thousands of young women are living a nightmare, trapped in desperate situations with no hope. Rescue and redemption is not only possible, it is happening. This year, African Vision of Hope opened the House of Hope boarding home for young women. The House of Hope will be a safe, loving, refuge that they can call “Home”.
-16.7 million girls are out of school in sub-Saharan Africa. Of this number, 9.3 million will never step foot in a classroom.
- 40% of girls in Zambia are married before they turn 18. Every year of education changes this statistic.
- 95% of the girls in our current boarding house have endured child slavery in exchange for a meal.
The House of Hope will leave a lasting legacy not only for this generation of abandoned girls but for generations that follow. The House of Hope boarding home will:
• Rescue 50+ young women from their survival situation and give them a life changing sanctuary
• Provide counsel through “house parents” who will mentor the young girls to achieve their dreams
• Empower each girl to reach their fullest potential through primary and secondary education
It is efforts like this that makes African Vision of Hope a great profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2006, I have seen African Vision of Hope do many great things for the orphans in Zambia. Zambia, in sub-Saharan African, remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Here are a few of the facts:
- 17 million AIDS orphans in the world; 15 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Zambia is ravaged by HIV/AIDS, resulting in a lost generation.
- 74% of its population earning less than $1.25 a day.
- Half of the population is under the age of 14 years old.
Without parents, orphans in Zambia do not attend school because there is no one to pay their school fees. The children also do not have access to meals, receive proper health care, learn basic life skills, nor do they have hope.

I continually witness African Vision of Hope relieve suffering and share hope. They are working to end extreme poverty and bring life changing transformation. I am so proud of the accomplishments in the face of this great feat. At the end of this month, African Vision of Hope will be opening the House of Hope for girls, where 50 girls have a a place to call home. Without a place of refuge, here are a couple of things they face.
- 16.7 million girls are out of school in sub-Saharan Africa. Of this number, 9.3 million will never step foot in a classroom.
- 4 out of 10 Zambian girls will be sold into marriage between the ages of 14 and 18 (every year of education changes this reality).
- 95% of girls in the current boarding house have endured child slavery in exchange for a meal.

I am honored to be a volunteer with this organization and look forward to my next trip to Zambia to see the progress made in so many areas!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a nonprofit that is guided with a Christian heart and a sincere desire to bring hope and change to some of the neediest children in our world!

1 Craig C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope is a true blessing to be a part of! They are changing the lives of kids, orphans in Zambia, saving them from extreme poverty through education. Some are becoming teachers, doctors, electricians, and whatever professional or trade they want to become to “be the change!”

I went on mission with AVOH and it changed my life to continue to help serve them by creating awareness and fundraising for the annual Gala to help provide for their mission! Our family will always be a part of this great organization!

1 weesi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with African Vision of Hope for over 5 years and have seen so many lives changed through participating in their mission trips and volunteering for them on this side of the world. Last year I got acquainted with a college student who went through the AVOH schools and is now attending college in Zambia studying to be a special education teacher. There are numerous stories like this one. They are the real deal. The children they serve truly are moving to change the future of a very poverty stricken country. Over 3000 students now attend school that without this organization would not be able to. They come from the streets, many having no families or anyone to care for them. Many have been exposed to abuse, human trafficking, sickness, trauma and things we can't imagine living through. However, these children are able to thrive in our schools, where they are loved, cared for and taught the love of Jesus. It is truly a life changing organization and everyone affiliated with it is the real deal. They believe in what they are doing 100 percent.

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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

It is difficult to concisely cover all that I know and belief AVOH to be! Lives are being rescued, hearts filled with love, minds being educated, tummy’s with food in them, medical and spiritual health restored, ground turned into food! The exponential growth over this non profit over the last decade is miraculous and inspiring!!! The landscape and future of Zambia is changing for the better!!!

Cindy Hicks S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a child sponsor since 2011 at African Vision of Hope. I have seen lives changed for over 3000 vulnerable and orphaned children who have an opportunity to get an education, have a hot meal each day, receive medical care and spiritual development. I have received letters, pictures and updates on my sponsored children and get reports on how my donations are being used. I am honored to be a small part of this organization. It has changed my heart and expanded love to reach across the world.

Francine V.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of African Vision of Hope (AVOH) through a work colleague, who’s wife served on the board. Shortly after making a donation to AVOH, the founder of the organization, Judi Bertels, called me to personally thank me, and I though “Who DOES that??!” I’ve been donating to charities for years without ever receiving a call.
Since then, I’ve gotten to know Judi and Bob Bertels. My husband and I interact with AVOH in a few ways: we volunteered a few times, we’ve gone on a mission trip and we sponsor a college student. Through AVOH, I was able to witness people living out James chapter 1.
Why do I say that? The staff at AVOH are doers of the Word not just listeners. They “look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress” (James 1:27), by meeting very practical needs: food, shelter, medical care, a trade, and an education. By doing this, they are demonstrating God’s love through action, while they are teaching it.
In 2017 and 2018, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip. The mission team was able to visit each school, which is an Oasis of order and optimism – sitting close to an area that is neither. Each school is situated within walking distance of the community it serves – a “compound” which is a collection of randomly scattered single-room shelters with dirt floors, no water, no electricity, no sanitation. Desperate conditions that I’ve never seen in the United States. I’ve had conversations with those children that have left me completely humbled and inspired. They have lived through impossible situations, such as homelessness as a child; slavery; and chronic sexual abuse – and have learned to forgive it; overcome it; and use that experience a fuel that propels them to become doctors, teacher, and nurses. For example, I sat down with a group of girls to “teach” bible study. Fortunately, I asked them about their favorite verse and the “why” behind it. Their stories were deeply personal and painful and their insights were profound. Rather than feeling sorry for themselves, or becoming bitter, they were grateful for the opportunity to go to the school. They proved the Truth of James 1:2-3, and allowed the trials to test their faith, and produce endurance that leads to spiritual maturity.
We also sponsor a smart, determined, hardworking college student, Clothilda. In her, and in the other children that I’ve met through AVOH, I recognize that those students have the potential to change not only their own lives, but to have a much broader impact in their communities. Their experience with suffering and deplorable living conditions drive them to want change and their education through AVOH equips them to enact it.
Finally, and this is really important to me as a donor, I’m confident that the donations are being used wisely, always intended to address the area of greatest need.
God Bless! Francine

Donor

Rating: 5

African Vision of Hope houses and educates Zambian orphans who would otherwise have no chance to attend school, eat regularly, or learn about God. It's well managed, capably led, and staffed by willing volunteers. AVOH isn't just improving lives, it's saving them!

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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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!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Kent Schuette and I am a pastor. Our church, Praise Community Fellowship has been involved with African Vision of Hope for the past three years. One way I can simply describe AVOH is that God obviously has His hand on this mission and ministry. There is no other way to account for the hundreds of lives being changed daily. The AVOH campus teach the hope and saving grace of Jesus to the people and Children of Zambia and that hope is tangible and working. Children and adults are being saved, fed, educated, loved, clothed, sheltered, and given "hope!" This is an amazing ministry that God is blessing. If you are looking for a place to give to or get involved with, this would definitely be a ministry to look into. All I know is God brought Bob and Judi, founders of AVOH, into my life and ministry for a reason! We have had a couple of our members go to Zambia on a mission trip and both of them have gone back again because their lives were changed. AVOH, a God blessed ministry of light and hope! Sincerely, pastor kent

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, daughter and myself were blessed to go to lusaka, Africa about 3 years ago. We plan to go again, hopefully next year. It was a totally life changing experience. Wonderful group to be with!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 13 days, I will be on three continents in one day, on my way to Zambia with the great organization, AVOH. When I was twelve, I was introduced to Zambia and African Vision Of Hope through a dear friend who had been there before. I said, CAN I GO?! Of course, I was too young, but now that I am old enough, I am able to go on this journey that is already changing lives, including mine. God is working through AVOH. That is a fact. Lives are being changed and souls are being saved on both the North American and African continents through the Holy Spirit that is working through AVOH and its volunteers. It is truly awesome and amazing and humbling to be a part of such a Spirit-filled, Christian organization that truly lives the Great Commission.

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Caleb D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is making an earnest effor to bring aid to the peoe f Zambia. They are honest with their finances, giving of their time, and passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ. African Vision of Hope is a wonderful organization run by wonderful people with a heart for what God is doing in Zambia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After praying and thinking about going to Zambia with African Vision of Hope, I officially decided to last fall. It wasn't until I had actually step foot into their office had I realized the hard work and dedication the Bertels, Kasi, and all the volunteers had put into this organization. Throughout this past summer, I have been volunteering, helping with various projects that needed to be done. As I've spent time at the office, I've gotten to know the character AVOH has. As a human, it is easy to get frustrated and impatient with situations you cannot control. AVOH doesn't let that human aspect sway them in their work, rather they let God in to give them what they need to transform lives over in Zambia. That's what I admire most - they rely on Christ to be enough. I am so excited to join this organization this month to travel to Zambia and let God work. African Vision of Hope is one of the most top notch, loving, intentional organizations I have ever worked with.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met the Bertels about 2007, and learned of their ministry. My assumption was that they were volunteers in a large organization, imagine my surprise when I learned they FOUNDED African Vision of Hope. I've been a proud donor ever since, have seen AVOH grow in scope, in vision, and in results. It's an honor to know people of faith who don't just profess it, they live it daily. The organization completely obliterates the attitude that "I'm just one person, what can I do?" Obviously, the answer is "as much as you want to." It's a lesson we all need to learn, and Judi and Bob (and their many volunteers as well) live that lesson.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very impressed AVOH. Almost all of the money that is donated to this organization goes directly to support the children. Every month they serve over 30,000 meals to the children. There are 5 schools in 5 different villages of Zambia that provide an education to children who otherwise would not be able to attend school because of not having shoes and not being able to pay the school fees. I have been to Zambia twice as part of the medical team. I was able to see how much the health of the children had improved at one of our remote schools in just one year. By providing education, food, basic medical care, and spiritual guidance, we give the children HOPE. If you were to look into the eyes of most of the children in Zambia, you would see nothing but hopelessness. But the children that this organization touches have a brilliant hope in there eyes. They know that someone cares about them. This is one organization that makes a world of differences in the outcome of a child's future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A V of H is directly educating and caring for children in extreme poverty who otherwise would have no real hope for the future. It is accurate that virtually all of the money raised by this organization goes directly to benefit these children. I have been to Zambia five times and have seen the obvious improvement in the children, their living conditions. Their educational progress is pretty amazing. This organization builds schools, built an orphanage and provides basic medical care while clothing and feeding over 1000 kids at its schools, which are located in 5 different places. In addition, A V of H provides financial assistance to seminary students and employs numerous teachers at its schools, also providing adult education in agriculture and seamstress activities. It's a pretty incredible accomplishment for a couple from Edwardsville, Illinois, in only 6-7 years. This organization has proven that it is really worthy of the donations it receives and deserves the continued funding of charitably minded folks.

Donor

Rating: 5

African Vision Of Hope is a life-changing organization!!!

For the past six years, we have donated to African Vision of Hope and will continue to do so for as many years as possible. Almost 100 percent of the dollars donated provide 2 meals a day, clothing, education and medical services to over 1400 children in desperate conditions in 5 areas of Zambia. Being part of a mission team, we were able to experience this organization in action. We visited the villages and schools, met the staff, the educators and children first hand and see the results of this great organization's tireless efforts to reach out and pour out from their hearts to make a difference in the lives of children.

AVOH has changed the lives of many, many children and has changed our lives as well. We consider it a privilege to donate and serve this great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with AVOH for more than 5 years. The team is able to provide so much for so many with so little. If the corporate world could grasp the vision of this great nonprofit, no telling what kind of products could be produced. I will continue to volunteer with this group, regardless of my location. Thank you for helping me appreciate life in a whole new way.

John196

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there is a one "non-profit" that can label themselves as such, African Vision of Hope is it. This is one of the few organizations I have been involved in that does not get distracted and only ever works to pursue the cause of charity. Every second of every minute is spent for the advancement of well-being and education of the under privileged in one of the poorest nations in the world. If you would like to find a community that will help you pursue your philanthropic goals, look no further. Your time, energy, and financial resources could not be better allocated than with the people of this wonderful organization.

Vicki25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found it hard to believe AVOH was able to provide food, water, medical care and education for over 1000 children, supply AIDS widows with sewing machines and vocational training, start a farm, and financially assist seminary students - until I traveled with the group to Zambia this year. I met and worked with the staff and volunteers, visited 3 of the AVOH schools and witnessed the impact of the mission on the people they serve. The practical care and education for these children and women have given them hope for a future in a nation where most people have none. I have seen the incredible integrity of the men and women of AVOH on both sides of the Atlantic, and now understand how God is able to bless and multiply the efforts of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS GROUP BECAUSE ALMOST ALL OF THE FUNDS THAT ARE COLLECTED GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHILDREN IN AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE AS THERE IS NOT A BIG PAID STAFF. MOST OF THE WORK IS DONE BY VOLUNTEERS DUE TO THE EFFORTS OF JUDY AND BOB BERTELS WHO HAVE DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB OF ORGANIZING AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE. I HAVE HELPED WITH THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GALA FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AND AM FOREVER AMAZED AT THE HOURS OF WORK, TIME, AND MONEY THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MOTIVATED TO HELP WITH AND GIVE IN THIS VENTURE. WHEN YOU WORK WITH AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE, YOU CAN PERSONALLY SEE THE GROWTH AND THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE IN AFRICA THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THE BERTELS, THE WEBSITE, LETTERS RECEIVED FROM THE KIDS, ACTUALPEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE GONE TO AFRICA TO WORK AT THE SCHOOLS, ORPHANAGE, FARM, AND MEDICAL CENTER. THE VOLUNTEER BASE FOR THIS ORGANIZATION IS VERY DEDICATED. EACH YEAR SOMETHING "BIG" SEEMS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE AFRICAN VISION OF HOPE CHILDREN. JUDY AND BOB SEEM TO ALWAYS BE PLANNING TO SEE THAT THIS CONTINUES TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER SO THAT MORE CHILDREN CAN BE INCLUDED AND RECEIVE HELP.

Kathie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember boys from a Zambia Boys Choir stranded in the USA back in the 1990's. Judi and Bob Bertels brought two into their home, educated and raised them. In Zambia, the boy's families were destitute, plus many widows and children needing food, housing and education . AVOH started schools, built an orphanage with donations. Today I sponsor a highschool girl, praying she will have a chance for a good future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer with African Vision of Hope, but I have known about this wonderful organization for the past 4 years. The work that they do, as well as the integrity with which they work, is exceptional. They are answering a God-given call to serve and are a great example to anyone who feels led to join in the work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board and worked as a volunteer for African Vision of Hope for over five years. I have seen first hand having gone on a mission trip to Zambia three out of the last four years what difference they are making in that country helping widows and orphans. They are making a difference by giving over 1000 orphans a free education, two meals a day, medical care and a chance to be a productive member in their society. One of the principals said a few years ago that they are giving hope to the hopeless. What is so impressive is the fact that only around 5% of their budget is spent on Administrative funds in the US. So you are assured that the money taken in goes directly to help these children and orphans. AVOH has certainly blessed my life. We have a CEO and Director of Operations who work tirelessly both here in the US and Zambia to see that we are making a difference in that country.

Chris97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with African Vision of Hope (AVOH) in various roles over a 6 or 7 year period. I've volunteered, served as a board member and have visited the schools, orphanage and seminary in Zambia, Africa that are supported through AVOH. In the same period, I have been involved with several other non-profit organizations. I can honestly say that AVOH makes a greater impact on the lives of the children, adults and the communities where it serves in Zambia - but also the lives of the volunteers - than any other organization that I have been associated with. Growing from helping to provide aids medicine to building four (4) schools, an orphanage, establishing a farm, and supplying food, water and medical care to over 1000 children in less than 10 years is nothing short of a miracle. If I had not witnessed it and been a part of it for the better part of AVOH's existance, I would have a hard time believing the transformed lives as a result of AVOH. Five Stars.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God has led me to the international mission field- finally I answered! The first year I went to Zambia, Africa with the AVOH organization, I fwent thinking that the next year I would go somewhere else. I wasn't in Zambia two days until I knew in my heart that this was the work I would continue to do until I can no longer. I am thrilled to say that I have just finished my 4th trip. The people and students we work with at our schools, churches and orphanage have become family to me. I love the fact that AVOH develops relationships within the structure of Zambia- Rotary for example. Farmland has been purchased to help feed the students as well as teach them to sustain themselves once their academic career is finished. AVOH employs adults as teachers, cooks and adminstration. A nurse is now on staff, after AVOH opened a clinic on our largest campus. This month, our first class of seniors will graduate! AVOH does not just go for a couple of weeks and then move on. Work is being done daily to help our Zambian brothers and sisters to improve and sustain their lives. It is my joy and honor to serve AVOH. I pray I will be allowed to do so for a very, very long time to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization directly assists orphans and needy children in Zambia with health matters and providing them an education. It has very low administrative costs, as a result of which most money raised by this charitable group goes directly to the relief of the children. Volunteers go to Zambia a couple times per year for about 10 days per trip, working directly with the children and adult employees of the 4 schools locations and the orphanage administered by the group. Active building projects include another school and facilities at a farm, where agricultural training is conducted, in addition to which crops are grown to feed kids. Adult education is also provided in sewing classes, making school uniforms for the children, thus providing jobs for the adult women and uniforms at lower cost.

Cindy53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AVOH brings HOPE to the Hopeless and allows those who serve this amazing organization a life changes experiance. I have seen first hand AVOH changes lifes as my son and I traveled to the mission fields of Africa. Becuase of AVOH these beautiful children have HOPE and a future. I am so proud to serve AVOH

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed by African Vision of Hope. I have been to their offices and to their sites in Zambia to witness first hand how much good they do. They love the people they serve and they are wonderful stewards of the money and resourses they receive. They do all they can to make sure every penny is given to the children they serve and they do everything from a base of love.