Build On Hope is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose work began in Mozambique and then spread to South Africa and Haiti. In the past we were involved primarily in the field of Agriculture by working towards the development of sustainable farming techniques which provide food, jobs, and economic development for impoverished communities.
The heart of Build On Hope has been drawn into sustainable agricultural techniques because it addresses some of the most dire needs in the community, jobs, food, and income. It began in Mozambique as its founders walked through bush and saw the pained faces of starving children, the missing limbs of landmine victims, and elderly people along the roadside without any social support. Amazingly this dire poverty exists in one of the most beautiful places on earth with untapped agricultural resources, undeveloped tourism, and little trust in the community to realize the potential of their communities. Orphans from AIDS and Civil War have little hope for their future if all they receive is aid money, intermittent health care, and temporary employment. Build On Hope sees the potential of each individual and would like to see education and relationships grow so that each orphan can grow up and have the opportunity to work, provide for their families, and save for the future. Our agricultural technique, Farming God's Way, in partnership with other organizations, does just that. Our mission is to teach impoverished communies not only to care for orphaned children, the elderly, and landmine victims, but to show that Farming God's Way can provide a self-sufficient way of life, transforming communities through sustainable work. People learn to plant, grow, and harvest their own food; how to manage a farm for personal consumption and market the goods in their communities.
Mozambique is an area that was decimated by war and still has little infrastructure and few job opportunities for its people. Our hope is to expand our sustainable farming techniques so that a new way of life can be learned. We believe in seeking out unique ways to meet the economic needs of individual communities, which has led us in Mozambique to teach the local people about the preservation and conservation of nature, especially the local wildlife. The beauty of Mozambique is astounding, the wildlife, rich and diverse; we would like to share this with the world and invite them into the area. Already the fruit of our work is seen as both men and women find jobs in the prevention of poaching and black market sales. We are involved with the development of new areas of conservation so that the this region is preserved not just for the locals but for people around the world to experience this extraordinary place.
Patti Bookout van Tonder established Build On Hope with her husband “Tiny”, a native of South Africa, as a way to give back to Africa, a country that has given her a new appreciation for life and a new hope for the future. Patti, a retired cosmetics executive, was quickly losing substance and a sense of purpose in her life. After a trip to Africa in 2005, Patti’s life abruptly changed forever. After hearing the cries of starving children, she no longer felt a connection to the material world, but instead to the maternal world. Her new goal in life was to better the lives of orphans, the elderly, and landmine victims. In order to sustain their life as well as expand their work, Build On Hope sells a very unique hair accessory called the Kudu Klip to raise funds. Find out more about Kudu Klips at www.kuduklip.com
Koos has an educational background in agriculture and has been involved in many aspects of agricultural development for the past 30 years. His experience is wide-ranging with knowledge in soil types and mapping, working as an extension office for emerging farmers and an inspector for the South African Wheat Board. He ran a 2.5ton/hour maize mill and a 7.0ton/hour feed mill. He was a raw materails manager for an 800,000 metric ton/year maize and wheat mill. Koos has done training in the handling and storage of post-harvest commodities. He is a qualified assessor, moderator, and arbitrator in the South African grain and oilseed industry. He has also served as a consultant to Pride Milling in South Africa.
Endangered Species Wildlife Artist A.E. London has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. London cites her stubborness as a key factor in the evolution of her career; in addition the support of her parents and direction from educator and artist Saul Bernstein. She has worked for Tippi Hedren, founder of Shambala - a refuge for big cats, elephants, and many other animals. Her passion for both art and animals has led her into many of the earth's wildest regions. We are blessed that she has lent her experience and firsthand knowledge to Build On Hope.
Alyssa Dausman, Ph.D
Dr. Alyssa Dausman a hydrologist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida specializing in groundwater resources. She has her B.S. from Tulane University and her M.S. from the University of New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. in Geosciences from Florida International University in 2008. She has traveled the world teaching others how to assess their groundwater resources including Haiti, Mexico, India, and Portugal. Her passion has been to aid others in developing their groundwater resources to withdraw clean fresh drinking water from the ground. As many children and adults in developing countries suffer and die from dysentery related to unclean drinking water, fresh groundwater offers the potential for cleaner drinking water.
Highly accomplished with over 30 years experience in all facets of marketing, sales management and training. Joseph has demonstrated success in Business to Business Consultative sales and marketing in the automotive and tire markets. Over his career, he has repeatedly brought leadership and forward-thinking vision to bear by educating and training sales & marketing organizations and consulting practices. Joseph has provided his expertise as a consultant and trainer with his own firm, Rosen’s Prestige Tire & Auto, and during his career in full time positions with several major corporations in the Automotive Sector markets. Bridgestone Firestone, Pirelli Tire Corporation amd Michelin Tire Corporation.
Jason Dausman, MD
Dr. Dausman is a medical physician who completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and German at Johns Hopkins University, then went on to complete his M.D. at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He has worked with multiple private firms specializing in Hospital Medicine, including Eagle Hospital Physicians and The Hospitalist Company, which is the nation’s largest private hospitalist firm. He has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis from 2005 until 2008. In 2007 while on sabbatical, he lived and worked as a volunteer for 10 months in Afghanistan teaching Afghan physicians and managing the Pediatric Department of CURE International Hospital of Kabul. He has served as a volunteer and medical consultant for many non-governmental organizations around the world. He is part owner of Avianis Systems, a software company that provides online operations management tools and services for the business aviation industry.
Born in April 1962 in the Old Transvaal of South Africa, JC joined the Army in 1980 and was a platoon leader in the notorious 32nd Battalion during the Bush War, where he was wounded twice. In 1986–1991, he became head instructor of the Army in Tracking, Bushcraft, and Survival. In 1992, a military unit was formed to counter insurgents and poachers from Mozambique in the Kruger National Park. In 2000 he started “Eco-Ranger”, training Wildlife Rangers, Dangerous Game Guides for various Wildlife Parks and organizations such as the South African Wildlife College and Game Rangers Associations. The first 34 Women Wildlife Rangers for African Countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa) were trained by JC’s organization “EcoRanger” at the SA Wildlife College. Eco Ranger trained more than a 1000+ Rangers and Wildlife Guides that created job opportunities that supports and feeds more than 10,000 African people currently. In 2005 – 2007, JC trained and developed 350 Wildlife Rangers for Limpopo Parks Board and headed the Anti-Poaching teams covering 53 Protected Areas that brought down rhino and elephant poaching to 0% for 3 consecutive years. In 2008 he started conservation and tourism projects in rural areas, helping children onto career paths in sustainable tourism and wildlife preservation.
Born in St. Louis, Matt grew up in Miami and was called to the ministry at 15 after a two week mission trip to the Dominican Republica. He has been on over 30 mission trips since then, traveling all over the western hemisphere. He has an undergraduate degee in advertsing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He served as a Youth Pastor for over 10 years and then worked in the construction business. He is currently the Ministry Operations Pastor at Rio Vista Community Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "I am really excited to engage my church in community renewal through agriculture and education in Haiti. I have been looking for this opportunity for a long time."
Dede grew up a "preacher's kid" in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a talented singer, entertainer, event planner, speaker and "crafter." Dede has served extensively in children's and student ministry, developing and leading programs from the ground up. She's applied these gifts passionately and effectively overseas with literally thousands of children and adults. Dede and Matt have been married for 16 years and have three girls. Rachel-8, Reina-10 and Delaney, 14.