About

Title:

Haley McCready Outreach and Development Fund: A Living Memorial

Mission:

To integrate North American generosity and support with indigenous outreach and capacity development at Hope Africa University and in Burundian 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, most importantly, (2) to keep alive the legacy of outreach to and development of the indigenous people of Burundi.

Goal:

To improve the quality of life of the indigenous people of Burundi.

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 and graduates
  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 and graduates of Hope Africa University
  5. To support and provide outreach and development projects for the indigenous people in Burundi
  6. To begin and provide sustainable, life-improving, outreach and development projects for the indigenous people in Burundi

Administration

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

The Haley McCready Memorial Outreach and Development Fund, suggested and approved by the late Bishop Elie BUCONYORI, is administered and overseen by two central programs: the North American Program and the African Program. The North American Program consists of fundraising, funds distribution and fund maintenance and is currently overseen by the United States Advisory Committee (we are attempting to develop an independent, separate charity in Canada). The fundraising component is undertaken with the support and involvement the Advisory Committee and others.

The United States Advisory 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 consists of putting the outreach and development into operation; selecting and overseeing outreach and development projects. The funds are used to provide opportunities for students and graduates of Hope Africa University to design and implement development projects with the indigenous people of Burundi. The first Rector of Hope Africa University and the former Bishop for the Free Methodist Church in Burundi, Dr. Elie BUCONYORI, established a small Burundi Advisory Committee to guide the fund, set local priorities, develop local procedures, conduct calls for proposals, evaluate proposals, select projects, develop projects, provide funding, receive reports, develop reports and evaluate results. The Burundi Advisory Committee is a 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
  • Mme. Esperance MPAWGNIMANA, Graduate, Department of Social Work and Community Development, Hope Africa University, former Head of Human Resources, Hope Africa University and successful Business Woman in Burundi
  • Dr. John McCready, Sole Proprietor, Healthy Horizons Consulting
  • Former Member: Bishop Elie BUCONYORI (deceased), former Bishop of the Free Methodist Church of Burundi and former Rector of Hope Africa University

A promotional fundraising campaign has been developed, pursued and maintained in the United States. The campaign materials include announcements, letters and brochures. The funds are received and held by the Free Methodist Foundation in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Donations from the United States are sent to the Free Methodist Foundation. Although we are not soliciting or receiving Canadian donations at this time, we are attempting to develop an independent, separate registered charity in Canada. On an annual or semi-annual basis, the United States Advisory Committee distributes funds to Hope Africa University that, through a “flow through” agreement, provides grant funds to the development projects selected and recommended by the Burundi Advisory Committee.

Any and all donations from individuals are used directly and exclusively to support outreach and development in Burundi. For communication and accountability purposes, contributors and others are kept informed through this website on the North American Program (fundraising and distributions) and the African Program (projects, reports and results).