Who We Are


THTGF is a 501c3 organization that has been established to help the hungry and the poor people of the Kwazulu Natal region of South Africa and orphan children and disabled people of Uganda.

Uganda has an orphan crisis with over 2.5 million orphans, according to a UNICEF study. An orphaned child is often alone in an adult world. The effects of a child becoming an orphan are terrible and include improper nutrition. Orphans often do not have the means to properly feed themselves.

So why are there so many orphans? It is estimated that 1.2 million children are orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. That leaves 1.3 million children that are orphaned due to preventable diseases, food security and poverty.

Meet Fay Lowry

Fay is the founder and face behind The Heart That Gives Foundation.  While on a mission trip to South Africa in May of 2016, she fell in love with the Zulu people and knew she wanted to do more.  In July of 2017, Fay started The Heart That Gives Foundation.

As far as life outside of the foundation goes, Fay is a wife and mother of two daughters, four dogs and two kitties. Fay and her husband, Jim, are horse trainers/managers at High Spirits Farm in Columbia, Missouri, where they train American Saddlebred, Morgan and Hackney show horses.

Fay’s dream with The Heart That Gives Foundation is to bring awareness to the needs of the Zulu people and to help them in every way possible.  She hopes to benefit the Zulu people with providing food, education and resources. Through the Foundation, Fay hopes to take many trips to South Africa with youth from America and allow them to experience the joys of giving back to others much less fortunate.


Katie Cunningham

Katie makes her home in Oklahoma City, where she runs and owns her own photography business. In her spare time, she loves to travel, exercise, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys teaching indoor cycling at CycleBar, and also loves spending time in Missouri with her horses. A few years ago, Katie spent three weeks in Zambia, serving on a mission trip for orphaned children. On this trip, she was able to minister to these children, and witness firsthand what a kind heart and warm food can do for these desperate people. Katie wants to bring awareness and raise money for The Heart That Gives Foundation in order to help people similar to the ones she served years ago, and would eventually love to travel back to South Africa and use her documentary style photos to capture and share how The Heart That Gives Foundation is changing people’s lives.

Jamie Gerardi 

Belle Hufferd


Audrey Lowry and Abby Cockerham