Prior to becoming the co-founder and CEO of Edify, Chris Crane, served from 2002-2009 as President & CEO of Opportunity International Inc. In 2009, he left Opportunity International and joined with Tiger Dawson, previous Managing Director of Halftime Institute, in order to focus on microfinance for humble schools educating very disadvantaged children.
Edify was founded in 2009 as a 5013(c) non-profit organization, and our first loans were disbursed in May 2010 in Ghana and June 2010 in the Dominican Republic. Since then, Edify has expanded to serve in 6 additional countries in Africa and Latin America.
Edify’s mission is to improve and expand sustainable, affordable, Christ-centered education in the developing world. We believe that a Christ-centered education that helps a child grow into a follower of Jesus with Christian values will transform the child as well as his/her family, community and country. We seek to couple the Great Commission with the Great Commandment by proclaiming Christ while loving our neighbor through meeting the need for education.
Our highest priority at Edify is to improve and to expand affordable, Christ-centered education in Africa and Latin America. In order to accomplish these goals, Edify subscribes to the following 7 core values: (1) Commitment to prayer, (2) Best idea wins, (3) All things done with excellence, (4) Christ-like service, (5) Applaud entrepreneurial spirit, (6) Operate with high integrity, (7) Be joyful, be thankful and have fun!
Edify - What We Do
Edify identifies privately owned Christ-centered schools, which provide solid education for children in their poor communities in a sustainable way in Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia, Peru, Rwanda, and most recently, Ethiopia. We then support these schools by offering these four elements that, we believe, bring about the best transformation in our partner schools:
- Christ-centered curriculum accompanied with training for the teachers
- Capital in the form of loans to improve and expand schools
- Training for the school proprietors to run their schools effectively
- Teaching English, through education technology platforms when possible
Typically, these Christian “edupreneurs” use loan capital to build classrooms, make infrastructure improvements and construct computer labs. Public schools in the developing world charge fees and rely upon government support or international aid to survive. Edify partner schools are managed to be financially self-sustainable. This education also prepares children to grow into adults who, as followers of Jesus, will transform their families, communities, and, hopefully, nations.