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Matthew Barrow, with a small team, went to teach construction in Lugazi in 1991. One of the trainees was Edward Nsimbi.  John Ray was in Kampala in 2003 and needed a builder and Edward was introduced to him.  They have worked together since then, forming “Hope for Lugazi”, building a secondary school, helping a primary school giving many under privileged children and young people the opportunity to receive a quality education based on Christian Principals.


John was then asked in 2014 to take on the Bible Fellowship of Malawi.  He involved Edward in constructing buildings for Penuel Christian School and Prossy, his wife, has been alongside the teachers, encouraging them.


While Matthew and Michelle lived in Kenya they attended Life Changing Worship Centre and were involved in Morning Star Academy, particularly in the buildings, and also A-Kili Foundation’s Empowerment Centre. They were there at the official opening in 2014 and Matthew has served on the board, particularly helping with the forward planning of the centre.


Finally, Matthew’s fellow student at Church Life School in Reading in 1989 was Sebastian Juma. When Sebastian started the school in Naluwerere, Uganda, he was responding to the great need in that area, as there are many orphans in the small town.  This makes the final link in the chain. Child2Child have supported Sebastian’s school buy building their main teaching block, and it was built by Edward’s company!



In 2017, John Ray asked Matthew and Michelle to consider taking over Hope for Lugazi and Bible Fellowship of Malawi. After seeking God for several months, and a visit to Lugazi in June ’18, they agreed to take over the works and see it go forward.  Over the next months they took over day to day running of the projects, adding their own projects in to the mix.  On 1st January, 2019 Hope In Africa has come into being!

About us: History

The history of Hope in Africa