With the odds stacked against them, it’s not often that you hear about kids from low-income areas in Rwanda, launching their own businesses, attending university and returning to their community to pay it forward to other young leaders. But day in and day out, this is the mission of The Kefa Project, an organization which uses soccer to empower at-risk boys and girls in Rwanda to continue or re-enter education, be reconciled to their families, learn about entrepreneurship, and to love one another and God.
Asked what was the “aha moment” that inspired Brian Beckman to start The Kefa Project, he tells the story of becoming an accidental entrepreneur. “There was no true AHA moment, said Beckman. I got to know kids in Rwanda that lived on the streets and longed for them to experience the same love that had been given to me that opened doors for me. It quickly became apparent that the only way to provide this love was to start a nonprofit organization.”
“I tried to start a nonprofit that I could then hand off to have someone else manage. But it …read more