About Us


{{ brizy_dc_image_alt uid='wp-76404cc75abffdcbf3c1085a4dd9b944' }}Help improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children suffering from extreme poverty in Cameroon. We strive to assist these vulnerable populations overcome barriers to education by providing tuition, books, school supplies, and nutritious meals to ensure that they enroll in and continue attending school. Education is the best way to help these children lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

Giving our donors, people like you, the opportunity to make a difference by providing an orphan or vulnerable child with the gift of education. Be part of the solution.    

Strengthening the capacity of struggling girls and women, who often lack a consistent source of income, to care for the orphans and vulnerable children.  Helping these women and girls become financially independent through economic development, education, and other supportive services gives them the ability to meet their children’s needs, enhance the children’s welfare, and send them to school.

BUILD AWARENESS about the suffering of children and advocate for their rights. With your help, we work to encourage the idea that children are a valuable resource. As such, children should be cherished — and given every opportunity to flourish.




{{ brizy_dc_image_alt uid='wp-aa179de2c8c935f07b11d6ae1af03147' }}Action for Hope was founded by a midwife in Cameroon, with the help of American citizens to provide assistance to orphans and underprivileged children who live in deplorable conditions in Cameroon. She was a retired midwife who successfully raised eleven homeless orphans along with her three biological children. All these are now happy and productive members of their community. Nevertheless, thousands of other orphans and underprivileged children have been dying in Cameroon every year due to the lack of basic care. 

The Americans who helped found this organization were vacationing in Cameroon. While there, they were shocked to see impoverished children assuming adult responsibilities such as earning wages and

doing exploitative work to survive, missing out on the pleasures of childhood. Adolescent orphans as young as fourteen were dropping out of school to become heads of households, caring for their younger brothers and sisters. 


Maria Ngafa

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Founder – board chairwoman emerita 

Maria Ngafa, a retired midwife in Cameroon, successfully raised eleven orphans along with her own children. These orphans had no place to call home, no food, and were out of school before she took them in. Nevertheless there are still thousands of orphans in the same situation in Cameroon. She founded this organization to get

more people involved in lending their skills and financial and material support so that more innocent orphans could satisfy their basic needs—the home, family, food, education, and protection that every child deserves. On her deathbed one of her biggest worries was the well-being of orphans and abandoned children.

Mike Adissa 

{{ brizy_dc_image_alt uid='wp-84545f863c267b712ecf671c104892a5' }}Board member – chief financial officer – treasurer

Mike Adissa has been CEO of A&R Tax for the past nine years. He attended Langston University in Oklahoma where he received his BS in accounting. He received his MSC in accounting and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. He worked with Harold Johnson as a CPA for four years.He worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. He worked as a D.C. Government staff auditor for seven years before becoming CEO of A&R Tax

Dr. Joseph F. Barakeh

{{ brizy_dc_image_alt uid='wp-52667a82c99ae53e344332918aac8d4f' }}Board member – partner

Dr. Joseph Barakeh received his D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale where he received a Chancellor’s Award. He was also on the dean’s and chancellor’s list for all semesters. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Emory University. He was chief resident of the Department of Ophthalmology at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C and is now an ophthalmological surgeon in Walnut Creek, California. He has a passion for helping people, particularly, disadvantaged children.


Your support is greatly appreciated and needed. Remember, a small investment can go a long way, and a major gift makes a huge difference. Your help ensures that another child will enroll in school and have a chance at a bright future.  Thank you!


When you sponsor a child with AFH, you’re making a huge impact in the

lives of many children. If you wish to get directly involved in our program

please press the “join us” button and we will provide more information. Thank you!


Please help us spread the word about about Action for Hope’s live-saving work with you family, friends and  colleagues, colleagues, on social media, emails or any other way you choose to. We always look for new supporter. Thank you!