Our Mission

Amina's Gift provides direct funding for African children who need basic daily living necessities like food, clothes and shoes. We also pay for school fees and transportation to local clinics to receive government provided health care and medications.

We support ourselves  by purchasing crafts by local artists and then reselling them. This provides employment for the local artists, who in return are able to support their families. The profits are used to support and encourage a good education for all the children in the community.

In addition of the sale of the crafts made by local artisans, Amina's Gift will accept cash donations and material donations such as clothing, shoes and books to support the children.

Amina’s Story

Amina was a girl I met in a Zimbabwean village. She was 17 and had been sick for many years; it cost her great effort even to walk. She was unable to stand in line to receive any of the things that we brought, so we approached her and placed a used pair of shoes in her fragile arms. It wasn’t the shoes, but the grace with which she received them that was the true gift. Sometimes a moment like this can illuminate a life. I will never forget her gratitude and dignity.

To honor Amina, we have started a nonprofit organization called “Amina’s Gift” to support children in Africa. We raise money to support these children by selling local art and crafts. Your purchase allows us to buy shoes, clothes, food, and pay for school fees. Thank you.

Contact information:

Terrence Brayboy

Amina’s Gift Board of Directors

Terrence Brayboy, M.D.

Terrence is an emergency physician currently practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.S. in Chemistry and English; earned his M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in 1989; and returned to the University of North Carolina for his M.D. in 1994. He completed specialty training in emergency medicine at West Virginia University in 1997 and has been practicing at the Level 1 trauma center in Raleigh since 2002.


Richard Hardy, CPA

Richard is a certified public accountant in private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, with more than twenty years of experience providing high-level services to organizations ranging from small businesses and nonprofits to high-income individuals. His services include tax preparation, non-profit consulting, and the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements. Richard consults with various clients to help them develop sound accounting practices, systems, and procedures; he has headed his own company since 2014.


Cynthia Lewis, Ph.D.

Cynthia is a professor emerita at Elon University in the department of physical therapy. She earned her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science in 1992 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and also has two M.S. degrees, one in Human Movement Science, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the other in Physical Therapy, from Duke University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Guilford College. She taught for many years, first at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then at Elon University.


Corinne Cain, ASA

Corinne is a certified art appraiser in Phoenix, Arizona. She also is the owner of Savvy Collector, an online art gallery. She first began appraising as an intern under the direction of Donald Vogel, of Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas. In May 1980, she formed Corinne Cain & Associates, incorporating in May 1982 to become Corinne Cain, Ltd., a nationally recognized firm affording expert appraisal and consulting services on Fine Art and American Indian Arts. Ms. Cain earned her B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing at Arizona State University, and a double master’s degree in Arts Administration and Finance from Southern Methodist University.


Kate Hardy, PA-C

Kate earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in Health Science (magna cum laude) from Duke University. She earned a master’s degree in Health Science in 1994 at Duke. The first years of her career were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit setting. For the past 19 years she has worked in emergency medicine, primarily in the Children’s Emergency Department at WakeMed in Raleigh, North Carolina.