Purpose of the name
We all have a destiny, and sometimes it takes decades for that Destiny to be fulfilled. Each child represents Decades of Destiny.
Why was the foundation started?
As a single parent of my then 7 year old son who had a desire to play the keyboard, I was not financially able to enable him to complete his lessons, or find a program that could offer a scholarship or assistance.
Decades of Destiny Children Foundation started because while preparing to take my younger son to his guitar lesson, I remembered the many attempts made to have my eldest learn to play the keyboard. It made me wonder, how many parents may have been in the same position as myself, having the desire but not being able to afford music lesson for their children. If I can make a difference in at least one child’s life, is what prompted me to start a foundation, as a way of generating finance to make dreams a reality
God has placed many children in my life to care for on a daily basis and in so doing. I am able to see such potentials in their young lives. My desire is to be an advocate for children to believe in their gifts. "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 NIV
We believe, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27 NIV). With this belief, D2C will strive to aid those who are in need.
As children are growing, they often wish to pursue many dreams, but as they get older, things become much clearer and they find themselves questioning life. Why am I here? God created us for a purpose. When seeking that purpose, he equips us. Equipping comes through knowledge of him. So many times life‘s tragedies and disappointments cause us not to seek God for what he intended for us.
Our hope is that D2C Foundation will be a lighthouse for which God will use each person involvement, to enhance each child's vision purposely, and he will be glorified, in doing so.
Donna Tyther, Founder/President
Donna Tyther has operated a Home Family Childcare Center for the past ten years. Currently, she serves on Victory Church board of directors in Audubon, Pennsylvania, where she has been a member for 12 years. For seven years, Donna served as director for the Nursery Ministry; after a four year break, she resumed the position. During that time, Donna was actively involved in the Prayer Leadership Ministry team and the Advisory Council for the current childcare facility (Victory Early Learning Academy).
Before she started her childcare center, Donna worked in Frazier, PA as a Collection Supervisor.
Donna has earned several certifications within the healthcare industry.
Donna is married to Martin and they have two sons and one grandson. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana and immigrated to the United States at 13 years.
Martin Tyther, Vice President/Treasurer
Martin Tyther works as an independent contractor in trucking . Presently, he is pursuing his master's degree in Transportation and Logistics Management.
He served on the executive board at Victory Church in Audubon, Pennsylvania for three years, where he has been a member for 12 years.
Prior to living in Pennsylvania, Martin worked as an administrative assistant and inventory coordinator at Ford Atlantic in Florida. He also serves as an officer in the merchant marine for several years.
Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems from Florida Atlantic University. Previously, he had obtained a diploma in nautical science and a deck officer license from the then, Jamaica Maritime Training Institute immediately after his graduation from high school.
He resides with his wife, Donna and younger son in Pennsylvania.
Tracy Tesfaye, Treasurer/Secretary
Tracy Tesfaye, is an adjunct professor at Eastern University where she teaches Public Relations and Advertising. Currently, she serves on the Prayer Leadership team at Victory Church in Audubon, Pennsylvania.
Tracy worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer as a Marketing and Advertising Specialist for 3 years. She also worked at Merion Publications as a mentor and won numerous sales award for over 10 years. Prior to this, she also served in inner city missions and outreaches.
Tesfaye earned a master's degree in Communication Management from LaSalle University and a bachelor's degree in Communication from Temple University.
As a native of Orange County, California, Tracy loves the outdoors and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Solomon and two young children, Caleb and Naomi.
Stephanie Abdul, Secretary
Stephanie Abdul, currently works as a credit analyst assistant and payroll coordinator.
Abdul, is a certified massage therapist specialized in therapeutic massages, trigger point therapy, prenatal massage, sports massage, feel tissue and Swedish, hot stone massage, and reflexology.
Abdul, a mother of three daughters, immigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica.