March 2008

TK is inspired by Romeo Dallaire’s keynote at Wilfrid Laurier University on his experience in Rwanda during the genocide. Upon hearing Dallaire’s answer to what he thought the future of Africa was, “the future of Africa lies in the hands of children and youth who take leadership responsibilities for the issues they see around them”, TK responded to Senator Dallaire, “I am the future of Africa and I will do everything to make a difference in the continent”.

October 2008

FOA becomes a campus club at Wilfrid Laurier University to eradicate misconceptions and stereotypes students had about the African continent. Several programs were hosted to educate and engage students while membership grew from seven to about 200 students.

May 2009

FOA embarks on its first service-learning experience for ten weeks to Uganda with seven students from Wilfrid Laurier University. On this trip, FOA partners with Peace for All International to build a computer lab, chicken coop and run sports programs for children in Arua, Uganda.

December 2010

FOA is founded as a campus club at the University of Windsor. The club organizes documentary screening and fundraising events to support FOA’s plans to renovate Smile Child Academy, a primary school in the Volta-Region of Ghana.

April 2011

Future of Africa embarks on its first service-learning trip to Ghana with seven students from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. On this trip the volunteers worked with the community to renovate five classroom for children at Smile Child Academy, Lolito.

June 2012

FOA hosts eight Canadian students on its service-learning program for six weeks. On this trip FOA builds a library with the Lolito community for students at Smile Child Academy. The visiting students also participated in various activities to learn about local cultures.

June 2013

FOA hosts five Canadian students on its service-learning program for six weeks. On this trip FOA builds an additional classroom with the Lolito community for students at Smile Child Academy.

May 2015

FOA hosts six Canadians and one Ghanaian on its service-learning program for two weeks. On this trip students build bathroom facilities for Smile Child Academy. They also participate in various activities to encourage critical self-reflection and leadership development.

August 2015

FOA hosts the Lewis family from the United States of America for two weeks. On this trip the Lewis family sponsor and contribute to building two classrooms and bring desks for 100 students to support the growth of Smile Child Academy.

October 2015

FOA expands its focus to include investing in children and youth living in the streets of Accra as part of its vision to end child poverty in Africa. FOA started its weekly Saturday evening hangout to understand the realities of children living in the streets by Airport City.

January 2016

FOA incorporates university students into its work with children and youth living on the streets of Accra. Students help in the growth and development of Lead-2-Serve Africa Programs,  StreetSmart, Mi Dunu, and Street Art.

December 2016

FOA wins 2016 Ubora Community Engagement Award at the annual Ashesi University Student Council awards ceremony.

January 2017

FOA’s first two youth are transitioned from living on the street to attending Smile Child Academy.