Bongai Mhloyi: CEO/Founder.
My name is Bongai Mjhloyi (Ms B) I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I came to USA with my husband to attend college with the thought of returning to Zimbabwe right after graduation, well, I am still here. I knew from a very young age that I have a compassion for people, especially girls,” I wonder why”
After working in social services for more than twenty years, I started a nonprofit organization, American-African Youth Leadership Foundation (AAYLF) in 2010. I wanted to work with American youth as well as youth in Zimbabwe. AAYLF helps underserved and impoverished communities by empowering Women(single mothers) and Girls ( “GirlChild” orphans) through education and social skills. AAY LF solves their problem by equipping them with necessary tools they need to succeed in their lives. We are a 501©3 nonprofit organization registered in Pennsylvania.
AAYLF GOALS: We are dedicated to end childhood marriages through education. We believe that No Girl should be robbed of her childhood, her education and health, and her aspirations. AAYLF funds orphans and at-risk girls from the poorest sections of Zimbabwe so that they can attend school. Our program will cover all the costs including tuition, books, transportation, nutritious meals, and at some cases we will provide housing so that the girls can escape child marriages and further their education.
SOLUTION:. AAYLF will provide full funding to girls to stay in school and attend college so they can escape the threat of child marriage and have the opportunity to live an independent, self-sustaining life. Since 2010, we have impacted more than 250 girls and more than 100 single mothers. I am very happy with my work and I am always looking for partners
LONG-TERM IMPACT: We hope to challenge the rigid cultural norms that promote gender discrimination and child marriages in Zimbabwe.
Our MOTO is , “ Touching Tomorrows Leaders Today”
AAYLF is an IRS 501 © 3 nonprofit- Federal Tax ID # 27-4018959
John Lafferty: President: email:
John P. Lafferty is the President & CEO of CellMyLight, Inc., a manufacturer of solar flashlight/cell phone chargers which are sold throughout the world. He also is a Distributor's Rep for Stream Energy which is a 3rd Party Electric & Gas Utility Provider.
Lafferty is the past chairman of various societies including the Delaware American Society of Quality and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Light of Marnie, a 501c3, providing financial resources to help schooling and clinics throughout much of West Africa.
Lafferty is a graduate of Drexel University and earned his Masters from Cabrini University. He resides in Chester County with his wife, Jennifer and considers himself an avid golfer, chess player, saltwater fisherman, and horseshoe pitcher.
Christine Marty Ochola
Dr.Christine Martey-Ochola, is co-founder of Avoglobal
Ltd, an engineering, education, and public health management consulting firm
based in Pennsylvania. She is also an academic consultant and
has extensive experience in providing strategies for strengthening tertiary
academic institutions. . She has had a successful academic career,
teaching Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, in addition to running
research on cancer chemotherapeutic delivery. She was recently selected as a PA STEM Ambassador due to
her interests in workforce development and the need to strengthen the STEM
pipeline. She is co-founder of the Coatesville Charter School of Innovation, a
STEM and Performing Arts Charter School that is currently under design and development.
Dr. Martey-Ochola advises women’s organizations in the US and Africa, HIV-AIDS
intervention organizations, and youth entrepreneurship groups. She was co-founder of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber
of Commerce, an organization that facilitates trade and investment between the
US and Africa. Under her direction the chamber facilitated US business entry
into multiple African countries, advised several companies on best practices in
doing business in Africa, and presented at many international business forums
on African trade and investment. She received recognition from the White
House as a champion of change due to her engagement with diaspora communities
in the United States on matters of economic empowerment. Dr. Martey-Ochola also sits on the board of the
Temple University Center for International Business Education and Research and
the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.
Dr. Susan Muzorewa, Board Member:
Born and raised in Zimbabwe Susan Sundai Charowedza Muzorewa is currently an Associate Professor of Accounting at Delaware State University in Dover Delaware. For the past 30 years she has lived and worked in both Zimbabwe and the US. After finally settling in PA in the last 20 years, she went on to obtain a CPA license (inactive) from PA as well as earn a PhD in Business Administration-Accounting from Morgan State University, Baltimore MD.
Living and working in both continents has truly enriched her perspective on life. “There is a lot that we can do to alleviate poverty if we put our minds to it”. Her work experience includes auditing, financial reporting, research and management consulting. Her work as a management consultant introduced her to the area of economic development and her goal in life has since been to use her knowledge to teach and actively build sustainable economic development programs in developing economies.
She has been actively involved in the Zimbabwe community here in PA. She was one of the founders of the programs that unites the Zimbabwe community throughout the USA through teleconferences. She financially supports several school children in Zimbabwe.. She is a wife, a mother of 2 daughters and 2 sons and a proud grandmother of 3 boys and 1 girl. My tenet in life is “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else will follow”
Carmen Allen, Board Member:
A product of the City of Coatesville, Ms Allen was born, raised and educated there. She continued her education in the city of Philadelphia and at Lincoln University.
Although she is certified in many professional occupations, she remains passionate about the economical and academical aspects of the lives of young children. She currently teaches adult Sunday school and does childcare. She also is involved in the American & African Youth Leadership Foundation (AAYLF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth through etiquette and social graces. AAYLF is based in Coatesville, PA and in Zimbabwe.
Ms Allen is also involved at the Salvation Army in Coatesville where she is a leader in many programs.
Rashai Sibambo, Student Advisor Zimbabwe:
My name is Rashai Sibambo. I am a wife and a proud mother of four beautiful grown girls. I am a high school teacher by profession and I teach fashion/fabrics and commerce. I live in Chisumbanje area, which is in the southern part of Chipinge district in Manicaland province. I am a guaidance and cauncelling mentor for all the girls at my school and other surrounding schools as well. I cauncel “Girl Children in various aspects including gender issues. In my downtime, I enjoy gardening and spending time with girls talking various issues.
Judith Makausi , Student Coordinator, Zimbabwe
Mrs Judith Makausi: I am a school teacher at Gwindingwi High school in Bikita Area. I hold a Bachelor of Arts General Degree
Specializing in English language and literature. I am also the Director of the Youth department at my church. FIF Ministries Zaoga. I enjoy spending time and mentoring the girls at our school and in the community.
Joseph Pomorski: Finance,
Walter Muzorori: Treasurer:
Shalonda James, Board Member: