Our foundation was created and is being run by successful individuals who are committed to giving back something to the world.
As well as their own professional careers, they are all connected in some way to the African continent, which is a key factor in their involvement in the Foundation's work.
The Foundation is supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers from many different backgrounds, without whom we would not be who we are.
Sustainability – we provide not only ‘hardware’, but also ‘software’!
Accountability – our projects are and should be traceable!
Our programmes avoid donation- dependency and foster autonomous growth
Dr. Tarrósy István
Board of Trustees
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
Andrea Morris, whose idea the Foundation was built on, lived in various African countries with her family between 2009 and 2013. The most memorable of her African experiences was the time she spent teaching in a school in the Sanfil slum in Bamako. There weren't any state- provided schools in this area, and Andrea met many children who were unable to attend school due to their parents' financial hardship. In 2012, she came up with the idea of the Bamako Child Support Program, which has since helped more than 300 children gain access to basic education. Andrea works actively in the Foundation and she is the driving "motor" of the activities.
Other members of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Zarándy Ákos
I arrived in Hungary as a Somali refugee at the age of 15. As the eldest of seven children of my loving mother, I fled from a forced marriage, travelling alone for a year across many countries, leaving my family behind. Hungary welcomed me, and I could start a new life. Since I’m here, I got to know Hungarian and European culture, I have successfully graduated from high school, and am still learning one of the most difficult languages in the world! A documentary film about my integration, this beautiful but difficult journey, and my life in Hungary has also made, titled Easy Lessons (Könnyű Leckék).
Besides my civilian work, I also work as a photo model, whilst pursuing my real passion which is helping others. I try to use my visibility to promote volunteer work – I participate in campaigns, interviews, talk about my personal experiences and try to use my own example to empower others to follow their own path. I am honored to have been asked by the Close to Africa Foundation to represent a good cause that is of such great importance to me. Coming from Africa, I have personally experienced not having access to one of the most basic requirements for a successful life – education. As my own life experience shows, there is no greater opportunity in a person's life than the chance to learn. That's why I want to give something back to the world from all the support I have received.
Child Support Coordinator in Rwanda
I joined the foundation because I have always loved Africa from the bottom of my heart, and I also like to help people in need, especially children. I believe that our child support program will add a lot to equal educational opportunities in the long term. That is why it is important for me to develop the knowledge/talent in children. I participate in the work of the foundation by editing the newsletter and coordinating the Rwandan child support.
credit control, volunteer
Bencsics Dorina Lili
I am a scholarship student at West Nottingham Academy High School in the US. My Nigerian-born friend Favor Enoghama and I launched Girls Connection Programme in 2021 to help girls in Bamako face the hurdles of their high school years. The project was inspired by my childhood experiences in Mali and by my interest in women's rights. In 2022, in addition to the high school club, we launched Girls' Cause, a programme working through a local organisation against FGM (female genital mutilation).
our local representative
I am Bouréma Dolo, a Dogon from Bamako. I was born in a small village far from the city, on the Dogon plateau. After primary school, I finished high school and university in Bamako. I had the great help of a French couple who were tourists in Dogon country, and as usual, I followed them around our village with interest as a child. They not only helped me with my studies, but I became something like their adopted son. I completed my degree in Geography and Development from the University of Bamako, an experience that led me to believe that change can only be made through education. That is why I feel it is important to be involved in this foundation.
our local representative
I am Ndahimana Apollinaire, I am Rwandan by Nationality. After primary school, I finished secondary school and University in Education. I am also a student of University of Kigali where I will leave with a Master’s degree in Education. I am involved in improving Education, as a leader of Secondary School, I try to help vulnerable children in order to have access on education for all. Close to Africa Foundation is interested to support children from poor families that is why I feel it is important to be involved in this foundation.
our local representative
My name is Anatole NSENGIMANA. I am committed follower to Jesus Christ. I am Rwandan and High school Teacher of History and Geography. I have bachelor degree in education. I was born in rural area which is far from the City with ambition of playing a big role in changing rural areas people’s lives. With Good support system of the Government of Rwanda,I got an opportunity of studying primary, Secondary and University. When I was at University sometimes I used to get temporary work of translation and interpretation which helped me to shape my mind and assisting me to survice well in time of studying four years of University. I am well experienced that being educated is essential thing in life which can help anyone to change life better and attains his/her goals. In 2019, after my university studies, I was lucky enough to get a job of being a High school teacher since January 2021. My heart was shocked to see some children in rural areas who are dropping out of the schools not because of their wishes but Lacking of school equipments and their families incapabilities for provision. After seeing this I took an initiative of helping some of them to go back to school by giving them school materials. Lucky enough I met with people from Close To Africa Foundation and I was very happy to hear their goals and targets of helping vulnerable children to improve their lives and go back to school by giving them school materials and pay school fees for them in order to save their future and society as well. This brought great pleasure in my heart and immediately take decision of being Volunteer of Foundation (CLOSE TO AFRICA FOUNDATION).
our local representative
He comes from a very poor mountain village in the south of Rwanda, where he went to school in the hills. After training in hotel management and various hospitality, he moved to Kigali to look for work to support his family. Shortly after he started working, he saw a child with broken shoes, which touched him so much that since then he felt the need to help poor children as well. Therefore, a foundation was created with his friends for this purpose. Now, with the help of around 200 supporters, they collect donations, which consist of the following items: shoes, notebooks, pencils, school uniforms, body lotions and soaps. Désire currently works in a hostel in Kigali. We are very proud that Désire has been added to our group of volunteers, and we are glad to have met him in personally. We trust in long-term successful cooperation with him.