African Road works for hopeful change in the world.
Our mission is to provide friendship-based, God-centered, practical help to women and children in poverty. We focus on building capacity, funding micro-enterprise and short-term financial assistance, and collaborating for sustainable project development.
African Road’s Story
In 2007 a handful of leaders from the US, Europe and South Africa met in Rwanda, while visiting a remarkable young man and the people in his community. They introduced us to two communities they helped form, New Destiny Widows’ Cooperative and Gasogi Village Orphans’ Project, whose members had been widowed, orphaned, injured, traumatized, and left destitute during the 1994 Genocide and the subsequent epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
We were so impressed by the Turikunkikos’ life-long dedication and humble care for these communities, even in their own poverty. The women, youth, and children touched our hearts with their love, joy, and hope – but also their suffering. It was clear that Pastor Steven Turikunkiko and his wife Providance were making a lasting, real change in the lives of the 250 widows and orphans. We all wanted to support their efforts.
African Road began in 2010 when Lori Martin and Kelly Bean felt the call to commit to a deeper level of partnership beyond financial aid. We received tax-exempt 501c-3 status in September 2010. Since that time we have reached out to others, growing a community of the like-minded, and deepening a respectful, honoring partnership with the people in Rwanda.
Forming this organization has allowed us to spread the story of Steven’s community and the work there being done to move out of poverty. The circle of friends is growing, and we are amazed every day at the many ways God is using us to change women and children’s lives. What began as a small monthly fund that allowed these people to eat a little more is growing into lasting, sustainable income-generating programs which empower the widows and orphans in Steven’s community to reach for self-sufficiency and independence.
We envision the possibility of housing for orphans living in poor conditions, of thriving businesses for women struggling to feed their children, and of education for young people who have very few prospects without schooling. We hope you’ll join us on the journey!
African Road Board:
Lori Martin, co-Founder
Regional Project Partner
Kelly Bean, co-Founder
Community Cultivator, Author
West Linn, Oregon
International Development Consultant
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Board Intern, Advisor
African Road Staff:
King City, Oregon
African Road works in this beautiful, green, east African country in the rolling mountains near the rift valley. It is quickly transforming from a largely rural, agricultural population to an urban, developing one. Many people in Rwanda continue to suffer poverty and the results of the 1994 Genocide, but can envision a brighter future for themselves and their children. Learn more about Rwanda here.
African Road, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID/EIN# 27-2992818