Mr. Alton Harding is the founder and president of Hands for Africa. While Alton was born in Manhattan, New York, he attended junior high and high school in Sierra Leone. Alton studied international relations and economics at California State University, Long Beach, and he credits his strong Christian upbringing for his discipline. By the age of 20, Alton became the youngest diamond pin and 200 sales club winner in the Encyclopedia Britannica company’s 200-year history. He then worked as an account manager at AT&T, where he won numerous awards and accolades as one of the top account managers in the company. Alton became a business owner soon after his AT&T tenure and owned a successful banquet/restaurant in North Los Angeles. Today, he is the owner of a real estate development firm in Orange County. Alton has been involved in many charitable organizations that have inspired him to develop Hands for Africa. Hands For Africa provide innocent civil war Survivors in Africa, primarily Sierra Leone, with tools that enable them to become self-reliant. They provide immediate needs, such as food, water, clothing, and Educational Scholarships, while developing and implementing successful programs that foster self-reliance. The result is a community of individuals capable of supporting themselves and their families. Their philosophy is to give people a “hand-up,” not a “handout.” Hands For Africa’s future plan is to implement the same successful self-reliance programs in other African countries that have faced the atrocities of mineral conflicts, civil war, and genocide. They raise funds primarily through generous donors who have chosen to stand up against inhumanity. Please visit www.handsforafrica.org to help support this movement. Hands For Africa, their associates, and the survivors they aid are extremely grateful for all the support to this movement. Their staff is composed of tireless, hardworking individuals devoted to making a difference. Most importantly, though, they are supported by a board of four members, including Mr. Alvin Yandie Fashu-Kanu, Rev. Olu Harding, and Mrs. Nemahun Stevens- White.