Our Mission

Why We Exist

Our mission is to serve, empower, and advocate for at-risk youth through sustainable, quality
sports ministry, which facilitates community, education, and ultimately spiritual growth.



Our vision is to see the youth of Rwanda come to know and love God so
that they can become leaders who will change their country and the world.

Started in 2009, as Play For Hope, The Kefa Project is all about seeing at-risk youth transformed in every aspect of their lives. Kefa pronounced kay-fuh is a Rwandan spelling of Kepha or Cephas the name Jesus gave Peter when he was declared the rock. We want every child's life to built on a solid rock, a firm foundation.

We love sports. But we do so much more than sports. Our beliefs are rooted in the Nicene Creed. But to put it more simply we have been radically transformed by Jesus and want to share that same love with others. (1)

Sports are an avenue for us to create families for at-risk youth in Rwanda. Our goal is to help them feel welcomed, no longer alone, to help them re-enter education both formally and informally, learn finance and business skills, be reconciled to their own families, to know God, and change themselves and then their communities.

Our Team

100% of Those Working on the Ground Are African.

Dieudonne Muyenzi

Coach


Emile Ngiruwonsanga

Chaplain/Educational Director


Grace Nyinawumuntu

Office Manager


Pascal Niyigaba

Coach


Aimable Niyirema

Academy Manager


Valentine Murebwayire

Coach


Ezekial Hitiyakare

Coach


Akili Rachid

Coach


Richard Bigirimana

Coach


Isaac Twagirayezu

Injury Prevention Specialist


Willy Bayangama

English Teacher


Ernestine Mukanyandwi

Coach


Innocent Habimana

Academy Cook


Jean Pierre Muhire

Assistant Academy Cook


Richard Rwamahungu

Technical Director


For compliance with local Rwandan law, the Kefa Project and our staff are partnered together with Lawyers of Hope - a Rwandan NGO.

Our Board

The Board That Plays Together Is The Board That Stays Together?

Brian Beckman

Executive Director/Founder


Brian founded the Kefa Project (formerly Play For Hope) in 2009 after a trip to Rwanda in 2008 with a deep desire to see sports used to bring love to the most vulnerable youth in Rwanda and beyond. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology. He is FMS Level 1 Certified and has experience in various clinical and training settings. In his spare time he enjoys picking up 20L jerry cans in odd ways.

Kylee Barton

Board Secretary


Kylee Barton grew up playing soccer and serving Christ and fell in love with the Kefa Project's Mission to help vulnerable youth in Rwanda through both of those means. She graduated from the University of Portland with a major in Organizational Communications, where she was able to study abroad and satisfy her travel bug. She took her first mission trip to Cuba when she was 23 and made it to Rwanda last Christmas, with the hopes of going back next year. She currently works as a Footwear Product Director at Nike, where she is constantly surrounded by her love of sport and the opportunity to use her passport.

Glenn Butner

Board Treasurer


Glenn is Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Sterling College in Sterling, KS, where he teaches classes on theology, Bible, and missions. He completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Marquette University. Previously a chaplain in prisons, a hospital, and a homeless shelter, Glenn is particularly passionate about working with the Kefa Project's chaplaincy program. He currently lives in Sterling, KS with his wife Lydia and their son Elias.

Don Brenneman

Board Vice President


In 1995, a trip to East Africa with Sports Outreach Institute changed Don's life forever. He left the corporate world and started using sports to change the lives of kids in Africa. He is currently the Executive Director of Faithful Friends Mentoring Program. He currently lives in Portland Oregon where he has been married 33 years and has 4 daughters, 1 son, and 1 grandson.

Ian Hawley

Board Member


Ian Hawley came on a trip with us in 2013 and has been a big part of what we are doing since! He currently resides in Portland, OR where he works for Intel.

Guy Lyons

Board Member


Guy has a degree in Biblical Studies Languages and with his family spent eight years as overseas missionaries based in Chiangmai, Thailand as overseas photojournalist correspondents. They now live and serve as "missionaries" in a low income area living by faith for financial provision and the provisions needed to help others. Traveling to 25 different countries, God has forever altered his view of this world and our purpose in it. He is still learning what it is to follow Jesus Christ, make disciples, and try to live with attitudes of openness to hear God's Spirit. After learning of the work of Kefa and Brian, its careful approach to ministering in culturally appropriate ways, and its focus of reaching those for whom Jesus' heart breaks, he decided to serve with the board. He believes strongly in the Kefa's mission that: "What you did and did not do unto the least of these, you did and did not do unto Me." - Jesus

Cory Hand

Board Member


Bio Coming Soon

Accountability

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