About the founder

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About the founder
Angela Gora, a Zimbabwean native and current US citizen who came to America through sponsorship in 1981, faced many life challenges which included lack of healthcare, clean water, access to local schools and education resources while growing.  These challenges and the ability to overcome the many challenges placed before her ignited her passion for making a difference in the lives of others.  Settling first in East Palo Alto, CA upon moving to the United States, she currently lives in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she focuses on her family, current job as an administrative coordinator at a local biotech company as well as the activities and mission of Africa Wellness Initiative (AWI).

As a wife, a mother and a grandmother and a big heart, Angela has also routinely been adopted by many others in the community.  Many children and adults alike also consider her to be a mother to them and amongst many other titles, she is considered by many who have experienced her warmth and wisdom as a great friend, a mentor and a hard worker. To work with Angela is to become part of her Africa Wellness Initiative family. Understanding that alone cannot make the type of difference that is needed, her heart and arms are wide open for all who wish to help, and is constantly seeking those who do want to make a difference.

When Angela is not devoting time to her job, family and the AWI projects, she can be regularly found baking cakes and cookies for family and friends, assisting senior citizens and reading publications that help her to grow in wisdom.

A foot soldier for Health
Her call to help others is rooted in an encounter in 1981, when as a young woman; Angela was working as a hotel receptionist in Harare, Zimbabwe where she met a San Jose State University professor who sponsored her on a student visa to come to the United States of America.  As she puts it, “She sponsored me for a student visa, and now I feel I must give something back to both US and Zimbabwe.” In light of all the opportunities presented to her, Angela always ready to shares experiences, “I’m so grateful for this country. If I could hug all of America, I would,” she says.

Working towards a degree that will combine her interests in human development and health services with her on-the-job experiences, she believes that every human being deserves to be the champion of his or her own destiny and live an extraordinary life with a little helping hand. Getting involved in the community or a cause is a process that she believes can be simple for anyone, “Join the organizations that are doing work that is important to you.  I have simply asked ‘how can I help’ and people have always opened up to me. You will find plenty to do and it won’t feel like work.”

Returning Home
Angela’s visit back to Zimbabwe after 24 years away was a wakeup call.  While there she sought out and met with people and organizations that were doing impactful, on the-ground work.  On that trip she met with the UNAIDS director and her longtime friend who helped her assess and understand the needs of the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission efforts among others. When she returned to the US she quickly hit the pavement connecting with those who had an interest in improving quality of life for others. She collaborated with two physicians who had undertaken work in Zimbabwe. From this collaboration she secured over 100 used laptops for research and data capturing at a Township general hospital outside Harare.