Hope for All Nations Developments and Sustainability
At HANDS (Hope for All Nations Developments and Sustainability), we recognize the impact of unfair living circumstances which results in extreme poverty in African societies suppressed by war, conflicts and governments ruling with self-indulgence and greed as their priority. Vast groups of people are unable to access opportunities to improve the quality of their lives and are forced to spend their day void of proper nutrition, education or necessary health care. Through HANDS we are reaching out and lending a “HAND”, directly in the place where it is needed so hope returns to those whose days seem hopeless and to develop opportunities in these societies so that more people can sustain a normal life and recognize the joy Christ shows us when he takes our hands and leads the way.
Through firsthand knowledge of the poverty that exists in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in South Kivu in particular HANDS reaches out to those most vulnerable and following Christ’s example offers to take away their hopelessness through education and a chance to develop a healthy sustainable society.
We are a group of people who believe that Christ tells us to help those most vulnerable and in this case the poorest children of my home town in Bukavu and in particular the villages surrounding this town, in the Democratic Republic of Congo we have decided to help those who are most in need of a chance to develop a future for themselves; the children.
Jesus Christ said to His disciples; “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Based on these Christian values it is our purpose to offer opportunities through education to those who otherwise would not have access to basic social and spiritual development so that better foundations for strong societies and mutual respect and exploitation of God’s gifts can flourish.
Hands is a nonprofit organization which started in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa by building a school for young children. The building development took place during 2014 and 2015 and the first day of classes was on September 5, 2016. At this moment 120 children, ranging from grade 1 to grade 5, receive formal education, children who otherwise would not even come close to this opportunity.
To become a self-sustaining school project we plan to set up a pig farm near the school with proceeds going towards staff salaries, maintenance costs and cost of education in general.
We know we matter to those we reach out to because this school project has gone through its initial development stages and the teaching classes have been running for one year (started September 5, 2016). There are many children who want to join the classes, who are waiting to be part of the group.
Ultimately we do not want to limit this opportunity to children, but also reach out to adults, who never had a chance to be educated. By doing this we will give them an opportunity for a better future.
Arian de Bekker
Arian de Bekker, M.Sc. is an agricultural business leader who works as General Manager for agricultural based companies. He has travelled extensively and worked in various countries. He is also a Director of an Agricultural Co-op in Manitoba and chairs a condominium association. In every project he is involved he strives to place people first so that the greatest potential of each individual will flourish. Respect and dignity take priority in his approach and communication. Arian holds a Master of Science degree in European Farm Business Management from the University of Aberdeen.
Arian’s motto is; “Everyone should have an equal chance to a great life filled with love and opportunity, no matter where on this earth and under which circumstances they are born”. The name Hope for All Nations Development and Sustainability (HANDS) explains what is needed. Arian is passionate about helping others reaching the potential they have in them. Knowledge of food production and realizing how high the rising demand for protein is in Asia and Africa, draws him to HANDS Canada. The way to feed the fast growing global population is through educating as many as possible in poverty stricken areas and by making new techniques and resources available.
Assani Muhanuzi came to Canada in 2014. By then his journey had taken him from his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo (South Kivu), through most Southern African countries include South Africa, and then to Canada. Assani has 20 years of experience in retail business, the last position held, Shipping and receiving manager at Pick n Pay group , Western province (Cape town)in South Africa and currently he works for Triple E RV, in Manitoba, Canada.
Assani has a diploma in Business and Logistics Management and is currently completing an Operations Management Program.
Assani’s first-hand experience of the poverty and often hopeless situation of the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo was in 1994 while volunteering in refugee camps around South Kivu. This situation and the two decades of war through which his fellow Africans and citizens lived made him determined to help in whichever way possible.
First he helped to start the AMISBK group in Cape Town, South Africa, which today is heavily involved in the lives of immigrants and others people living in disadvantaged areas in the city.
Then, an idea to set up a school project developed in 2015. Through sponsorship, often by himself, it allowed the school to start in 2016/2017 during which time the project saw 120 students receive education. Through this hope to develop a better and sustainable future has become apparent. For the 2017/2018 school year 207 children have been accepted. Many are waiting, wanting to get in, but their lack of personal contribution does not allow them yet.
Assani’s philosophy is; let’s take Canada to the world, instead of bringing the world into Canada. Let’s let other people feel the love, the caring of Canadians, even if they’re not here in Canada. We plan to take this initiative beyond Canada.
Galatians 6, 10: Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially those in the family of faith.
Yvette Mongane Muhanuzi
Passionate about children, with diploma in Science and Environmental Studies. Ran a home daycare for two years with a dream to run an orphanage one day.
Emmanual Camunani Ndagano
Has a degree in Biology and Chemistry. He is the coordinator of HANDS in DRC. He is currently working as a teacher.
Jeanne Cibalama Kanyama
Has her General Pedagogy. 3 years university Rural Development. Currently is the Secretary and Accounting for HANDS DRC.
Safari Jules Muhanuzi
Degree in General Pedagogy, a 3 year Degree in Supply Chain & Logistics Management and is currently studying (2nd year) Nutrition. Currently working in manufacturing for a boat sails company.