Making a difference

Susan Hadaway (seated left) and fellow FFHIA volunteers re-organized the school library.

A group of ten Foundation for Hope in Africa (FFHIA) volunteers left Central Wisconsin Airport on February 28th for 11 days in Africa. Among them was Susan Hadaway, Human Resources Manager at the Rothschild Mill, who had been looking forward to and preparing for this trip for almost a year.

The primary goal of this year’s trip was to complete a toilet project at Hope School in Burundi. More than 350 children attend this primary school and having sanitary facilities is essential to preventing the spread of disease. In addition, the volunteers hosted a teacher training workshop, reorganized the school’s library and assisted a medical clinic.

The volunteer group also traveled to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. While in Tanzania, they visited the Kim Jones House at Gihon Springs, an orphanage built on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro named in memory of Kim Jones of Rib Mountain, WI, who died in November 2010 of breast cancer. Kim had a love for orphaned children and was a friend of the Foundation for years.

Back from her trip, Susan said, “I feel blessed to have been able to meet the people of Africa, especially the children, whose lives have been improved by this outstanding organization.”

FFHIA is a U.S.-based, volunteer, non-profit organization active in Africa. By digging water wells, providing health and sanitation education, and sponsoring business endeavors, FFHIA helps to improve the quality of life and transform poor villages into self-sustaining communities.


New toilets built under FFHIA sponsorship.


Susan Hadaway with Hope School students.