Last year, Operation HOPE signed a historic agreement with the Anglican Church, inspired and endorsed by Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The 6-country agreement starts in South Africa and extends out from there, working with the youth arm of the church to empower youth with financial literacy (teaching the universal language of money), dignity and Love Leadership skills.
I am proud to travel this week to South Africa to check in, personally, on this good and important work, and to issue a report card of such both to Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the Anglican Church, as well as the public, around the results of our work on the ground there.
Using South Africa as a successful base, the alliance will from there to expand to surrounding Sub-Saharan African countries in need. I will report out on the details of our successes in South Africa throughout the week, right here and on the HOPE Blog at www.operationhope.org. Stay tuned.
Operation HOPE has a similar mirroring national agreement in the United States, with Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), focused on providing financial literacy empowerment for youth, and representing one of Presiding Bishop Blake's and COGIC's 5-Urban Initiatives. More on this initiative later, as Presiding Bishop Blake and I are scheduled to sign yet another amplifying agreement later this year.
HOPE is on the move.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.