Blair Akilimali - Founder
He developed his passion to help people in need when he was very young and, as a secondary school student, volunteered at several international non-profit organizations.
"I remember one day I was distributing food in Dodoma, in central Tanzania, as a food monitor for the World Food Program. I encountered hundreds of children who could not afford to attend school. They did not have food, safe drinking water or anyone to take care of them. As the crowd shouted “ndugu, mr!” which means “the food you gave us is not enough”, I was so overwhelmed with emotion, that I cried for the first time in my adult life. I could not give them any more because the food was distributed in accordance with strict rations. I vowed to myself that I would one day create something that would help these children live better lives and that would educate the world about their plight.”
Blair started the Hope Academy in 2006 with two boys and one girl, and with one assistant teacher. Today it has grown to more than 50 children. Hundreds of others are waiting to enter once appropriate resources can be secured.
Esther - Teacher and Volunteer Coordinator
Agness - Teacher
However, since she was not trained in English, she was unable to find a job. Blair encouraged her to join him at the Hope Academy as a nursery teacher, where she began to learn English. Now, she is teaching children who are in the same situation she was earlier in her life and her son is studying at the Hope Academy. Hope Academy has made a positive change to both their lives.