“Mission: to mobilize in North America prayer, educational and financial support for Hope Africa University.”
Friends of Hope Africa University, Inc. is a United States organization dedicated to the support and development of Hope Africa University through prayer, finance and communication about the school and its ministries. Our contributions to the university include recruiting and coordinating visits of qualified professionals who serve as adjunct faculty and provide medical care technical support to the various university ministries. We collect and ship books, equipment and other gifts in kind to aid university development and are the designated fund-raising agency for Hope Africa University in North America.
Hope Africa University is operationally self-sustaining and committed to careful stewardship for steady, planned growth. As its North American supporter, Friends of HAU has concentrated its fund raising activities on facilities development, property expansion and student scholarships. We are a U.S. 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with the Free Methodist Church – USA operating as an independent mission society. All contributions made to Friends of Hope Africa University are fully tax-deductible, when made in accordance with U.S. statutes.
Friends of HAU was formed in 2000 as a loosely organized group of individuals who recognized the relevance of a school like Hope Africa University and agreed to work to raise the funds needed for its beginning. Early on, guidance was given in planning and academic development but very quickly the school became completely self-directed. In 2005 Friends of HAU was incorporated in the state of Indiana and in 2006 received its 501(c)(3) charity rating by the US Department of the Treasury. Friends of Hope Africa University was approved by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2012, and will be listed in USAID’s Registry of Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs).
Friends of HAU works closely with the university administration and governing board to raise funds for scholarships and capital development of the school. The Rector of the university is a member of our Board of Directors and the president of our board is a member of the Governing Board of the university.
Following priorities set by the university we collect new and used equipment and text books and ship them to Hope Africa University in Burundi. As the ministries of the school have expanded from purely academic training to include operation of a radio station, a clinic and a teaching hospital the scope of support of the Friends of HAU has grown. Friends of HAU supports fully the mission of HAU while respecting the university’s rights in setting direction and priorities.