What kinds of projects does the Torchbearer Foundation support?
Over the past 16 years, Torchbearer has established dozens of projects aimed at modernizing communities and training a new generation of African business leaders, including computer technology centers, health centers, community co-op stores, farms and grain-grinding centers.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Torchbearer Foundation for Missions, Reconciliation and Development is a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of Missouri. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Does the Igniting Africa campaign accept small donations?
No gift is too small or too large. You can safely donate any amount through the Donate Now section of our website. Or contact us directly to discuss your contribution.
Is the Torchbearer Foundation a church (denomination)?
No. The Torchbearer Foundation is a trans-denominational grassroots Christian organization – a ministry development agency, involved in sustainable community development.
Do students need to be Christian to attend the School of Christian Social Entrepreneurship?
Our school is open to people of all faiths and beliefs and is inclusive of anyone who wants to create a better Africa. The School is bible-based and Christ-centered in order to inspire, motivate and support our students as they achieve their goals.
What makes the Torchbearer Foundation different?
Many of the organizations trying to help Africa in the last 100 years – governments, the United Nations, churches, and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) – have used a charity-based model, a handout without a hand up. Unfortunately, those efforts too often have been unsustainable. That’s why we are building work-study schools, where students also work at the school to cover the cost of their education. Their dignity is affirmed because they know they are working for their education.
What kinds of work do students do as part of the work-study arrangement?
Students work 20 hours per week in on-campus operations, gaining hands-on experience in jobs ranging from administrative and teaching assistantships to organic farming and product commercialization.