Meet The Team


Eddie Fransman

Eddie is not only our founder but runs many critical programs. He is the principal of Daybreak Academy and the contact person for parents and prospective students. He is our master gardener and teaches students how to grow food. He teaches South African history, an important core subject. He oversees volunteers and mission trips and provides support to our staff. 

Eddie is also a devoted father and Home Schools his younger two children as well as does most of the handy work around the house and school. He is involved in the Church and helps with worship at Youth With A Mission.


Kristen Fransman

Kristen is our secretary and wears many hats at Open Hands Community Project. She is in charge of running most of the behind the scenes work including keeping up with emails, newsletters, fundraising and other office tasks.


She is also the main teacher and overseer for Daybreak Academy. She oversees all subjects, teaches many core subjects, does all the record keeping for accreditation, provides emotional support for students and runs many of the day to day tasks.


Jana Belter

Jana has been working with us since February 2020. She has a BA in Community Development, a Post Graduate in Education and certificates in Events Management, Trauma Counselling and Marketing. 

Jana teaches a variety of subjects and along with her husband, manages the organization's social media marketing.

Her passion for working with the youth in a way that has a lasting effect and years of experience makes her a good addition to the team.


Andrea Scheepers

Andrea is a final year Psychology and Communications student. She joined the team at Daybreak in 2019 as the Math tutor. Andrea loves facilitating a space for the students to grow confidently in their capabilities in Math. She has worked with many different home-school families as well as NGO's as a a tutor and volunteer. Andrea loves working in cross-cultural and unique environments which is why Daybreak Academy has been such a good fit.


Ken Belter

Ken studied Cinematography at the New York Film Academy and has worked in the film industry for over 8 years. 

He is passionate about and has a growing knowledge set about regenerative farming and sustainable living.

He joined our staff this year to teach Photography and Physical Education. Along with his wife he also manages the organization's social media marketing. 


Lucia Kanengoni

Lucia joined our staff in 2017 and is a critical part of our team. She helps plan for and cooks the students nutritious meals. She also keeps the school clean and helps with daily tasks we are not able to get too.



Watson joined our staff in 2019 and is our groundskeeper. He is responsible for the garden and outside areas of the property. He helps Eddie with maintenance work and helps keep the property clean and maintained.