In 2011, the J.C. Flowers Foundation (JCFF) funded a first scholarship for an Anglican priest from Sub-Saharan Africa to study at Sewanee, the University of the South, center of Episcopal education. The first candidate selected, Father Emmanuel Petro from Tanganyika, Kenya, successfully completed his studies in May 2014. In the photo, Chris and Anne Flowers, trustees of the J.C. Flowers Foundation, congratulate Father Petro at his graduation ceremony.
JCFF has agreed to fund a further scholarship and candidate selection has begun. Once selected the scholarship recipient will begin his or her studies in the Fall of 2014 or 2015 and will pursue a Master of Arts in Religious Studies or a Master of Divinity.
Mr. Flower’s Little Angels Academy was started with $20. In 2011, while on a trip to Zambia, Chris Flowers misplaced his mobile phone, so he borrowed one from local community activist and organizer, Ms. Grace Mazala. Afterwards, he gave her $20 to replenish the airtime he had used. Mr. Flowers was astonished to learn this reimbursement was just enough money for the Zambian Women’s Development Association, of which Ms. Mazala is a Chairwoman, to construct a grass shelter school for double orphans. Double orphans have lost both parents to AIDS or other maladies and live usually with a grandmother. This underclass of children is often unable to compete for already scarce resources like schooling, and ends up as child labor.
Since his initial “donation” Mr. Flowers and his family have helped the school to grow by contributing over $10,000 to the construction of a more sturdy school building and the purchase of school supplies. In April 2014, Mr. Flowers' daughter, Ms. Rebecca Flowers, spearheaded a fundraiser for the school and raised an additional $1300.
Mr. Flowers Little Angels Academy currently educates 42 children aged 4-12, from nursery school to third grade, and is staffed by four volunteer teachers.