About Us - Ray Of Hope Africa
Ray of Hope Africa is an online non-profit global community network. It connects charitable organizations with volunteers willing to devote their time in order to change lives and transform landscapes.
Appropriately, launching on International Volunteer Day, Ray Of Hope Africa puts people from all walks of life 3 clicks away from finding an inspiring cause to donate their time -- at no or minimal costs.
Ray Of Hope Africa eliminates the middle-man and creates a transparent platform to bring together individuals seeking to volunteer with communities in need.
Ray Of Hope Africa is under Pawa Rafiki Tours & Safaris LTD, the company started to help community from it’s profit and it’s one of goal to help Africa.
- To create a transparent platform to foster partnerships between volunteers and communities.
- To build a worldwide network connecting people to low-cost projects.
- To bring awareness to organizations and to empower and support volunteers and projects in achieving their goals.
Our vision is to develop the largest network of people helping projects all over the world. Within our first year, we plan to connect hundreds of people to hundreds of projects in need. In the years to follow, we envision turning that number into thousands. We will continue to grow our network together, and in doing so, change lives and transform landscapes.
HOW DID RAY OF HOPE AFRICA COME ABOUT?
A letter from the Chairman. Paul Harun
The beginning of any new year is the ideal time to embrace change. In January 2006, I did just that. I took a break from my job to travel the world and discover what it had to offer. I had a few destinations such as Kenya, Namibia and Rwanda to work with underprivileged children.
Prior to setting off on my journey, I conducted an exhaustive, and increasingly frustrating, futile web search to find a project to which I could donate my time for free, or even for a minimal cost! There were several organizations, which offered fantastic opportunities, but they were all very costly. Having quit my job, I finally had all the time in the world, but nowhere to volunteer. So you can see my predicament.
Not one to be deterred easily, I was determined to find a project along the way. A short month into my travels, it became apparent that I was not the only one who had encountered problems in finding low-cost volunteer projects. In fact, seven out of twenty travelers that I met were interested in volunteering given the chance. And of those seven, less than four ended up volunteering, due to the lack of information and high fees.
It was truly shocking to discover that so many people were deterred from offering their time, while there is so much need for volunteers in the world. What an oxymoron. At that moment, I decided to make a difference.
There was a real need to provide people with information on projects which were not associated with high costs.
For the remaining months of my travels, I searched for non-profit organizations, running low-cost projects in need of volunteers. They were everywhere to be found! At one of these very projects in a very poor village in the North of Rwanda, I taught English and assisted families in their daily duties. It really was an exhilarating experience that had changed my outlook on life. Seeing the joy in the faces of these families, and realizing the difference one person can make to so many lives, inspired me to embark on the most rewarding project of my life. Now we have started with Tanzania country and we are looking to go far as the donation will allow us.