Our Mission

Amina's Gift provides direct funding for African children to attend school, as well as  basic daily living necessities like food, clothes and shoes to allow them to perform well. We also pay for  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 Gift  is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN: 81-2176467).

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.

Jane Stein, Dr.PH

Jane has a rich and varied background. Before pursuing a degree in operations research, she taught math at Central Piedmont Community College. Later, she worked in Family Medicine at Duke University and at the Frank Porter Graham research program. For many years, she headed the computer operation at what is now the Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She earned a doctorate in public health, focusing on women’s empowerment in developing countries. In 1999, with five other women, she founded the Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (now CHICLE Language Institute).

Elizabeth Branch

Elizabeth is a credit advisor and senior vice president at Pinnacle Financial Partners in Chapel Hill. Previously, she gained significant professional experience as a loan underwriter with various banks, after working as a credit analyst. In addition to her financial expertise, she is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, graduating with honors in business administration.