Our foundation was created and is being run by successful individuals who are committed to giving back 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 were and still aren’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 Programme, which has since helped more than 100 children gain access to basic education in parts of the world where there are no free schools.
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 honoured 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.
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.
Child Support Coordinator in Rwanda
From the bottom of my heart, I have always loved Africa – a feeling which led me to join the Foundation. I am passionate about helping people in need, especially helping vulnerable children. Given the importance of fostering the knowledge and talent of children for long-run development, it is great that our child support program can contribute to improving the quality of education and the nurturing of potential. I am pleased that my involvement in the work of the foundation includes editing the newsletter and coordinating child support in Rwanda.
I am Lívia Nyíri, 19 years old, and a recent graduate of the Polytechnic of Economics in 2020. Volunteering in Africa has been on my bucket list since I was 15. I always disliked the idea that someone’s future is determined by where they were born, and the combination of loving English and French but hating injustice has led me to seek out opportunities such as those offered by the Foundation. In my work I am guided by the conviction that it is unfair that not everyone is able to receive an education simply because of material considerations. This foundation is working to tackle inequalities, and thanks to its supporters, many children have been given access to proper education. As a seasoned volunteer, I am extremely excited to expand my experience outside of Hungary and see the world from a broader angle. There’s always something good to do wherever you go, and that’s what makes me feel most alive.
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).