UNC alum Terrence Brayboy is a founder and member of the Board of Directors for Amina's Gift.The local nonprofit buys and sells art from communities in Africa to raise money to support schoolchildren in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Staff writer Simrann Wadhwa talked with Brayboy about the organization.
Daily Tar Heel: How did you start your nonprofit?
Terrence Brayboy: Originally, I went to Zimbabwe just as a tourist, and while I was there I noticed a lot of kids in the village were not at school. So I asked one of the people in the village why so many kids were not attending school, and they told me that parents could not afford the $20 per term to send the kids to school. So I realized that was something we could help with, and decided to start paying school fees. And then a couple of years later I decided to start a non-profit that would pay for school fees for the kids to attend school, (to) make sure they have shoes and uniforms and they could get to clinic if need be. So it was a basically a concern that the kids were not attending school.
DTH: How do you guys operate?
TB: So we are a nonprofit. To raise funds, we buy art from the local community in Africa. We send it back to the United States and sell it. And then all of the money goes to support Amina’s Gift. We also take donations; people donate funds or sponsor kids. That’s typically how we operate.