We are an interracial couple from Nigeria and Canada.
Henry Agassi, born out of wedlock in a small village in Northern Nigeria to teenage-aged parents and raised by his grandfather, a hardworking farmer with a passion for quality education. "My grandfather made sure I acquired quality Nursery and primary education through private school sponsorship regardless of our financial situation at the time. And as I watched and observed him, he taught me that no child deserves to be out of school or compromise the quality of their education irrespective of the financial situation. Thus, my goal is to do for others what my grandfather did for me."
After primary school, Henry's father enrolled him in a great private boarding school in Jos, Nigeria, where the rest of his teenage years was shaped meaningfully. upon graduation from that boarding school, his father got him a permanent resident visa to continue his educational Odyssey in Canada.
Henry graduated from University of Windsor with BA [G] with a major in Economics. Upon graduation, he worked for TD Bank Canada for a while before moving on to pursue his passion of helping young people achieve their dreams. Henry is a motivational speaker and has spoken at different schools and events in Canada. He is mentee of Les brown, one of the greatest motivation speakers on the planet. Les Brown was labelled “Educable Mentally Retarded” by the school system in the United States of America at a younger age but through someone's believe in him he rose to excellence. Henry is also an author and a TEDx Speaker. In 2016, he released his first book called, “Stand Up, Stand Out and Be Confident”, a motivational memoire that teaches young people how to handle peer pressure and how to stay focus in their goal of achieving a better life and quality education. He volunteered as a mentor with “Yonge Street Mission” Toronto, as a speaker with Passages/Historical Canada where he spoke at different immigrants and community events in and around the Greater Toronto area. He was also a Youth Leader at Agincourt Pentecostal Church Toronto Canada.
Henry’s wife, Kaitlyn McMillan-Agassi, is an educator with a passion to impact children’s lives with her skills and knowledge. She graduated from University of Windsor and St. Clair College in a joint program with a bachelor's in child psychology, a bachelor's in education “With Great Distinction” and an Early Childhood Education Diploma. Throughout her years in the university and college, she was a member of the Dean’s honour roll each year due to her exceptional performance and dedication. Upon graduation from University, Kaitlyn worked with some private childcare centres in Toronto which prepared her for a position with the York Region School Board in Ontario Canada. Where she worked until Fall of 2020 when she took a bold step to expand her experience by teaching internationally starting with Nigeria. She taught in a private school in the heart of Lagos. She taught Reception (Kindergarten) and was also the Music and Art Lead for two years.
In April 2022, Henry and Kaitlyn got married and soon decided to explore opportunity and culture in the middle eastern state of Qatar. Kaitlyn is currently a Kindergarten teacher with a great private school in Qatar. According to Kaitlyn, “Since I was a kid, I have always known that I was going to be a teacher. I love children and I love teaching. My hope is to one day own a school where I can put all this passion into helping more children achieve their goals in life.” Being a Kindergarten teacher, Kaitlyn often jokes that her job is to take illiterate children and make them literate by the time the leave her class, saying that they often come to her class not knowing how to read or write but will leave knowing how to read and write.
Henry and Kaitlyn currently run HAKAF with the hope to one day operate on a larger scale where they can impact more lives not only in Nigeria but across Africa
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