Chanda Roby


Why REAL?  Mississippi is usually known for being first in all the bad things and last in all of the good things, but as a Mississippian, I know that our state has more to offer than it is given credit.  As first a board member and then a staff member of REAL, I have had an opportunity to impact several communities around the state by supporting various non-profits.  Having had a chance as a public interest attorney to see social justice issues from the viewpoint of citizens affected, for- and non-profit advocates, law/policy makers, and the judicial system and having witnessed the transformative effect of indigenous leadership, I believe in the benefit of non-profits to communities.  I know organizations like REAL work for rural Mississippi communities because I am a product, having grown up in Mendenhall influenced by another such organization also formerly led by REAL’s co-founders Drs. Dolphus and Rosie Weary.

Hometown:  Mendenhall, Mississippi

Current Residence:  Mendenhall, Mississippi

Interests:  I love reading, watching television and movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Most Proud of:  I am most proud of my decision to give Christ my life, having a loving and sensitive heart for people, and the legacy I will leave behind.

Quote: At REAL, we teach people how to fish.

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Rural Education and Leadership Christian Foundation, Inc. (REAL)...A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved

Reggie Weary, pictured at his father's grave


REAL Christian Foundation established the RDW Fund after REAL Co-Founders Dolphus and Rosie Weary’s son’s untimely death in 2004. As a part of their healing process, they prayerfully considered ways to bless other youth from rural Mississippi. The interest from this fund is used to provide partial scholarships to students in rural Mississippi who are connected to community-based Christian ministries REAL supports. Students can use these scholarships to cover costs associated with attending boarding high schools, colleges or universities, technical schools, and graduate seminaries. The scholarships usually range from $1,000 – $2,000 per student. The RDW Fund was designed to help rural Christian ministries develop leaders. The hope is these leaders would have a heart to come back, give back, or serve back in their communities. As of today, REAL has provided over 50 scholarships to students associated with the rural, community-based Christian ministries supported by REAL.