PADOX | KENYA
Padox has been called the patron saint of Kibera, and that’s an appropriate name. He intimately knows the difficulties of life in Nairobi’s largest slum. He’s a father, husband, student, educator, and an avid advocate for his community. Seeing the struggle that so many families have to give their children an opportunity to learn, Padox started the Seed Academy primary school and now educates over 100 young children. At the school, they receive a healthy meal (and for many that is often their only meal), a basic education to prepare them for exams to qualify for secondary education, and above all, hope for their future. Padox is working with Cultivate to better sustain the school and offer free education to more children, as well as other community efforts in rural communities in western Kenya. Click here to support Seed Foundation.
FRED | RWANDA
Fred is a rare combination – he’s sharp, smart, and has an incredibly giving and selfless heart. He’s spent his life working tirelessly to reach out to others in need, whether it’s his hometown in Kenya, or across his native continent in places such as South Africa and Rwanda. Fred is now working to help women forced by poverty into prostitution by connecting them to education and job training, by improving their homes’ sanitation systems to keep them healthy, and finding sponsors so that their children are able to attend school. He works hard to tutor children at the local school, to reach out to community members who are lost and without hope, and to advocate to those outside of his community for awareness and change. Fred is working with Cultivate to make his work into a formal community project and to sustain and grow his many efforts to help those forced into prostitution. Click here to support Fred’s work.
FATOUN | TWIN CITIES, MN
None can deny the fact that Fatoun is a hard worker who will not stop until she gets what she wants. A native Somali now living in the USA, everything she’s accomplished has been by her own doing. She’s proud to be the Founder and Executive Director of the Somali Youth and Family Development Center (SOMFAM) in Minneapolis, where she helps settle Somali refugee families and train youth and adults in vital skills and community building. Fatoun also has a dream to establish a school in Somalia where children can be educated and be given a path towards lifelong success. Fatoun is working with Cultivate to gain the skills needed to lead SOMFAM as they reach more Somali youth.
JOSHUA | MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, CONGO, TANZANIA & KALAMAZOO, MI
Joshua is a fighter. Born in the Congo, he lived as a refugee in Malawi before coming to the USA. He’s a pastor, a leader, and an advocate for his people. He created Emmanuel Foundation to serve Africa’s village communities. By working with widows, orphans, the disabled, those fighting HIV/AIDS, and the elderly, his programs address people’s economic, spiritual, and relational needs. Through job training, business support, feeding programs, and much more, he’s giving people a fighting chance to change their circumstances. Joshua is working with Cultivate to learn how to sustain his many projects throughout Africa, so they can have financial stability and ample resources to help people in need.
MARTINHO | MOZAMBIQUE
Martinho is a pastor, educator, and leader for his people. He leads community outreach to slums in Maputo and surrounding villages. Martinho has founded Seed of Hope Community Center to provide education, support, and skill training to orphans, vulnerable children, and families who must scrounge city dumps for survival. Martinho is working with Cultivate to create projects that train and mobilize people and communities with a focus on justice, freedom, peace, human and child rights. Click here to support Seed of Hope Community Center.
ANA CAROLINA | BRAZIL
Ana Carolina will be working with Cultivate to establish a community project that will serve Syrian refugees, helping them to gain the licensure, access to resources and funds, mentoring, and assistance needed to take up their trades in their new country.
LIONEL & MARIA | LIBERIA
Lionel and Maria run a school and community outreach program in Liberia, and will be working with Cultivate to launch a scholarship program for girls going into university programs.
JULIO | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Pastor Julio and his church will be working with Cultivate to identify potential avenues to engage and serve their local community, and then receive support to launch these efforts.
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