United States Board of Directors
united states staff
Heather is the executive director and one of the co-founders of the Hope of Africa. Since 2003, she has worked throughout Africa partnering with several individuals and organizations in Africa. From 2006-2009, she lived in South Africa, and assisted with establishment of a boarding school for orphaned and vulnerable children. She also managed after-school programs in several village schools.She currently travels to Africa several times a year to teach, conduct camps, and lead teams. Heather has a passion for holistically mentoring young people to achieve their God-given dreams and talents.
Andrew grew up on a ranch in Montana and graduated with honors from a two year program at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. He also has a strong love of overseas travel where he discovered a huge burden for the difficult conditions of the people in the developing countries of the world. He is currently working as an independent contractor, and is honored to help serve the leaders working in Africa’s poorest areas.
INT'L SUPPORT STAFF
Danielle was born and raised on a small ranch in Montana. She graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies from Montana Bible College in 2012. Danielle first volunteered with HOA in 2014 and became full time staff in 2019. 2015-2016 she assisted in the SA gap year programs. In 2017 she co-led the pilot gap year program in Uganda with Ben Lytle. She now assists the teams in the US, SA, and UG with administration, training, and logistics.
Carli serves as the board treasurer and previously worked as an RN. She has long been involved with discipleship and Bible studies through her church and was drawn to Hope of Africa after learning about its vision of discipling and equipping people to inspire and serve in their
Uganda Board of Directors
Morris became part of the Hope Of Africa team after meeting Heather through the African Children’s Choir in South Africa. Morris spent many of his young adult years with the choir, which sponsored his education while he traveled the world singing and sharing the gospel. He completed school as a computer networker, worked with Distinct Solutions IT, and then co-founded an IT company called Eyeeza ICT Solutions. He has also undergone business training and study with Work for Life, USA that certified him as their trainer for their business entrepreneurship program. He now lives in Wakiso, Uganda with his wife, Annette, and two children, Tyrone and Caroline.
communications & AWANA
Annette joined the The Hope Of Africa team after her time with the African Children’s Choir, which is where she met Heather. She studied graphic design through correspondence with INTEC, and also graduated in Video Production, through University Of the Nations, under Youth With the Mission (YWAM), in Cape Town, South Africa. She spent many of her younger years traveling with the African Children’s Choir and eventually became the choir director for the 34th African Children’s Choir. She directs the AWANA programs that The Hope of Africa partners with in Uganda, and also manages and produces video, photo, and written content. She lives in Wakiso, Uganda with her husband Morris and their two children, Tyrone and Caroline.
Herbert joined Hope of Africa in 2016 while finishing his final year at Makerere University Business school, where he completed a BA in Business Administration. He began as part of the team helping to take care of the property that Hope Of Africa purchased in Wakiso, and later on in 2018, he helped organise the GAP year pilot program. Since then, He has continued in his role by doing follow-up communication with the GAP year students and overseeing all developments and projects on the land in Wakiso.
Jericho became part of the Hope of Africa team at the end of 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration from Africa Renewal University. She coordinates with students regarding monthly updates, attends to all office visitors, arranges meetings and appointments, assists in preparations of quarterly budgets, and works on jewelry and Awana programs. She stays in Naluvule located in Wakiso district with her husband Kamoga Charles and their baby Shelomith Kamoga.
Medard joined the team in September of 2019 to provide security for, maintain, and farm Hope of Africa’s land in Uganda. He was born and raised in Kanungu district in the Southwest of Uganda. He is married and a father of four children.
Milly was connected with Hope of Africa through Morris in 2019 when she cooked for the SAY students in the Christmas camp. She started cooking, cleaning, and organizing at the SAY office in 2020. She is a mother of six children, two boys and four girls and stays in Nansana.
South Africa Board of Directors
Paulette van der Merwe
South Africa Staff
Paulette van der Merwe
Paulette is originally from Zimbabwe. She spent many years working in the corporate sector while prayerfully searching for missions minded organizations that she could join. She worked with Open Schools Worldwide for five years and has continued to stay involved with several missions’ organizations throughout the years. She joined Hope of Africa after meeting Heather in South Africa and discovering they had a shared vision for missions. She took over as country director for Hope of Africa, South Africa in a part-time capacity at the end of 2018. By the beginning of 2020, she was asked to be the full-time country director in South Africa. Paulette manages the team in South Africa, oversees different projects, collaborates and networks with other NGOs, and trains and mentors many young people in business and financial stewardship. Paulette lives in Malelane with her husband and three children.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT COORDINATOR
Johan’s life in youth ministry began as a Sunday School teacher in the nineties. He has also been working with Music for Life since 2005. Johan started working with Hope of Africa in 2014 when he was the head of the AWANA program in Nkomazi. Over the years, he has continued to disciple and mentor the youth from AWANA and Music for Life as they grown from children to young adults that are pillars in their communities. Johan remains a stable source of guidance for Hope of Africa and AWANA youth both spiritually and also vocationally. He regularly coordinates with churches and other NGOs to provide education, skills training, and discipleship. Johan lives with his family in South Africa.
Charle’ du Preez
Charle’ has a background in helping children and animals in both a professional and volunteer capacity. She graduated from a culinary arts program 2014 and is currently studying digital marketing through University of Illinois online. Charle’ is a jack-of-all-trades for many different creative projects and work needs within the organization. Though her official role is communication-specific, she also oversees the jewelry project and assists with administration work. As communications coordinator for South Africa, she organizes the structure of the communication system, maintains the website, and develops and manages social media and other stakeholder communication. She currently lives in Malelane with her parents and two younger brothers.
Edwin has been connected to HOA through friends and family since 2013. He came on board as a staff member in 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Christ Seminary, and continues his studies at North West University to obtain a BTH Honors Degree in Christian Ministries. Over the years, he has spent significant amounts of time serving in various ministries and nonprofits. In 2010-2012 he volunteered as the literacy and numeracy coordinator with a youth development program called Bjatladi Youth Development in Limpopo. Through this work he was introduced to the Open Schools Worldwide program, and over time, he became a trainer for other volunteers at OSWW. In 2015-2018, he worked as a translator for Samaria Mission on outreach trips to rural Mozambique. He has also completed Foundations for Farming training and implements its principals as he mentors youth in farming. He lives in Malelane, South Africa with his wife, Jenny, and their two small children, Talitha and Titus.
Tshepo was selected at a young age to be part of the African children’s choir. During one of his tours with ACC, Heather Lytle served as a tour leader, and the two remained connected in the years after the tour. Tshepo has a passion for providing youth with opportunities and resources to use their energy, gifts, and time in positive and productive ways. He has served at HOA by leading VBS camps and AWANA, teaching and practicing foundations for farming in his community, and helping with administrative tasks. He has completed the Foundations for Farming curriculum and studied transportation logistics at Gert Sibande College. He lives in South Africa with this family.
JEWELRY PROJECT MANAGER/ADMIN SUPPORT
Busi studied Sport Science at TUT and joined HOA in 2020. She joined HOA as staff after having positive experiences as one of the HOA students. She works on jewelry projects and assists with administration tasks. She lives in Phiva, South Africa with her grandmother and cousins.