About

 Title:

Haley McCready Outreach and Development Fund: A Living Memorial

Mission:

To integrate North American generosity and support with indigenous outreach and development capacity building at Hope Africa University and in Burundian and other Central African communities.

Purpose:

The two-fold purpose of the Haley McCready Memorial Outreach and Development Fund is (1) to keep alive the memory and service contributions of early missionaries John Wesley and Jennie (Hamilton) Haley and Burton and Dorothy (Haley) McCready and, (2) most importantly, to keep alive the legacy of outreach and development of the indigenous people of Burundi and Central Africa.

Goal:

To improve the quality of life of the people of Burundi and Central Africa (while concentrating on Burundi, the fund will focus on the region served by Hope Africa University).

Objectives:

  1. To keep and extend the memory and legacy of reaching out and developing the indigenous people begun by John Wesley and Jennie (Hamilton) Haley and continued by Burton and Dorothy (Haley) McCready
  2. To support and promote new socio-developmental, educational, industrial, commercial, technological and ministerial initiatives of Hope Africa University students, graduates and other associates
  3. To extend and enrich the programs and influence of Hope Africa University by supporting selected outreach and development service projects
  4. To support and provide outreach and development service and project opportunities for students, graduates and associates of Hope Africa University
  5. To support and provide outreach and development service projects for the indigenous people in Burundi, where the University is located, and throughout Central Africa
  6. To begin and provide sustainable, life-improving, outreach and development service projects for the indigenous people in Burundi and throughout Central Africa

Administration

The Haley McCready Outreach and Development Fund: A Living Memorial has already been established through the Free Methodist Foundation.  Through the support of Bishop David Kendall, Liaison to Africa, the Free Methodist Church of North America has approved the issuing of charitable receipts for donations from the United States of America.

The Haley McCready Memorial Outreach and Development Fund, suggested and approved by the late Bishop Buconyori, is administered and overseen by two central programs: the North American Program and the African Program.  The North American Program will consist of fundraising, funds distribution and fund maintenance and will be overseen by the North American Governing Committee.  The fundraising component will be undertaken with the support and involvement the Governing Committee and others.

The North American Governing Committee is a small committee and the current membership is as follows.

  • Mr. Lloyd Ganton, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers
  • Rev. Burton Hamilton, Chair, Board of Elders, West Highland Baptist Church, Past Vice-Chair, Board of McMaster Divinity College, Member of Senate, McMaster Divinity College and Board Member for OMS Canada
  • Bishop David Kendall, Bishop with the Free Methodist Church of North America, Mid-west Conferences and Liaison to Africa
  • Rev. Mark Van Valin, Lead Pastor, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church
  • Dr. John McCready, Sole Proprietor, Healthy Horizons Consulting

The African Program will consist of putting the outreach and development into operation; selecting and overseeing outreach and development projects.  The funds will be used to support students, graduates and other associates in conducting outreach and development service projects with the indigenous people of Burundi and Central Africa.  The Rector of Hope Africa University and the Bishop for the Free Methodist Church in Burundi will establish a small African Governing Committee and define the fund, set priorities, develop procedures, conduct calls for proposals, evaluate proposals, select projects, develop projects, provide funding, receive reports, develop reports and evaluate results. The African Governing Committee is a relatively small committee and the membership is as follows.

  • Bishop Déogratias Nshimiyimana, Bishop of the Free Methodist Church of Burundi, former Burundi Director for the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM)
  • Mme. Jacqueline Murekasenge, On Study Leave, former Head, Department of Social Work and Community Development, Hope Africa University
  • Mme. Susan Muchiri, Head, Department of Social Work and Community Development, Hope Africa University
  • Dr. John McCready, Sole Proprietor, Healthy Horizons Consulting
  • Former Member: Bishop Elie Buconyori (deceased), Former Bishop with the Free Methodist Church in Burundi and Former Rector of Hope Africa University

A promotional fundraising campaign will be developed, pursued and maintained.  Efforts will be made to identify lead representatives of a variety of relevant constituencies.  The campaign materials will likely include announcements, letters and brochures.  The funds will be received and held by the Free Methodist Foundation in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  Donations from the United States will be sent to the Free Methodist Foundation and donations from Canada will be first sent to the Free Methodist Church in Canada in Mississauga, Ontario and then transferred to the Free Methodist Foundation.  On an annual or semi-annual basis, the Haley McCready Memorial Outreach and Development Fund in North America will distribute a portion of the funds directly to the Haley McCready Memorial Outreach and Development Fund in Africa for outreach and development projects in Burundi and Central Africa.

As the result of a significant start-up donation from John McCready that will cover fund expenses, any and all donations from individuals will be used directly and exclusively to support outreach and development in Burundi and Central Africa.  For communication and accountability purposes, contributors and others will be kept informed through a website on the North American program (fundraising and distributions) and the African program (projects, reports and results).