HFA exists to serve kids that otherwise can’t be provided for by their families. They take in orphans that are true orphans, which means they don’t have a mother or father and there are no family members. They also take in kids in abusive situations , or where the government believes that it is in the children’s best interest to not be taken care of by their parents. They have inspiring stories of redemption, of children abandoned at birth, now finding a home and a future with Heart for Africa.
When we started working with HFA, they had about 300 kids, and in less than a year they now have 350 kids. Their vision is to provide a holistic living community for 600 orphans, by taking in children under the age of 2. As children grow, they move through the various levels of house parents and schools. As of 2022, we are currently helping them envision the high school, master planning the entire campus for them to include the various layers of housing, academics, sports, creativity, arts, and also practical work opportunities. The campus includes a large active farm that supplies a substantial amount of food for the children and staff. They have a chicken farm as well that provides eggs which they sell commercially in the market, providing revenue to support operations and medical services. Our involvement for the next 8-10 years is to come alongside HFA to turn plans into a reality, helping plan, design, and build each of those components.
Heart for Africa is a long-term engagement, partnering for over a year now. We met David Bryant through a mutual friend in the mission space and had the opportunity to know Janine and Ian Maxwell through the work they were doing in Eswatini. Eswatini has the highest per capita rate of HIV and AIDS infection in Africa, creating many challenges for the family structure, but most importantly for the kids.