While ministering in Tanzania at a Pastor's Conference in February of 2003, Rita observed the needs of children affected by the AIDS epidemic evident all around. A desire to establish a place of safety, love and education for orphaned children began to grow in her heart. Repeated visits to the nation every six months over the next several years helped develop the vision of establishing an orphanage that would be a training center for future leaders of the nation. Passion for that vision prompted her to begin the lengthy process required to open the doors to the Treasures of Africa Children's Home in Moshi, Tanzania. After a great fight of faith, hard work and perseverance by both supporters and the TOA team, Rita was able to rejoice when TOA began receiving its first residents in March of 2007.
At the age of 27, Warren Oberst bowed his knee before a huge white cross on the top of a hill in Ventura, California, and committed himself entirely to God. His life would never be the same again. Warren’s German-born father had raised him in a strictly Catholic home and he attended Catholic schools as a child where he learned to have a reverence for God. But he began to rebel as a teenager and continued on a destructive path well into his late 20’s.
Faith Kimori had been a valued member of the TOA staff from the beginning of the orphanage's existence and then after serving as the onsite Teacher for a few years, she resigned to establish another orphan project, for young adult orphans, in the city of Moshi. Her project, now firmly established and running well, continues on. So when an important position came open at TOA, Faith was ready to return.
Christina Marie Oberst was born and raised in Southern California. She was active in athletics growing up and played competitive softball to the college level. Though raised in a Christian home, she drifted far from God and took a path that led to years of personal heartache. But she knew deep in her heart that God was still calling to her.
Margot Toomey is the East Coast Representative in the U.S. for Treasures of Africa. She and her husband Paul have been tireless fundraisers for Treasures of Africa Children's Home since before the doors were first opened in 2007. She has visited the orphanage, met the children and come back to the U.S. with a deeper passion than ever to help see these children who have suffered tragedy and loss in their early lives, become leaders for their nation.