Education

EducationDESCRIPTION: Around the world, children face various barriers to education. There may be a lack of teachers or resources. Some students live amidst conflict and the act of attending school itself is unsafe. Perhaps their families cannot afford to pay the school fees or buy supplies. But, education is critical to protecting children from exploitation,…

Rising Light Ministry, Tanzania

Rising Light Ministry, TanzaniaDESCRIPTION: Judy Kairu is a Local Expert in Arusha who started Rising Light Ministry, an outreach to those in her community suffering from HIV AIDS. Rising Light aims to support the entire families of those suffering from AIDS, including income generating projects such as chicken farming. Many of those in this ministry…

AIDS

AIDSDESCRIPTION: Worldwide, 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in the last year. 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the beginning of the epidemic. This global crisis affects the most vulnerable members of a community, leaving broken families or families without adequate income to support themselves. As of 2015, an estimated…

Preschool, Rwanda

Preschool, RwandaDESCRIPTION: The preschool years are essential years of a child’s development. To truly break the cycle of poverty in a community, it requires early intervention in a child’s life. This is why Anne, a Local Expert in Rwanda, has begun a high quality preschool for children from the poorest families. They are using a…

South Sudan

South SudanDESCRIPTION: The nation of South Sudan slid into war again in July 2016 and many ministries serving the poor closed down as over 27 rebel groups sprung up –mainly on ethnic lines, fueling longstanding divisions. As a result of the war there are more than one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, most of…

Redeemed Nazarene Primary School, Uganda

Redeemed Nazarene Primary School, UgandaDESCRIPTION: Eluzai is a Local Expert working in Uganda with YWAM Redeemed Nazarene Primary School. He and his team run children’s ministries among the South Sudanese refugees in the camps. He writes: “We do this in the Ochea refugee camp with over 200 orphans and in the Ofua refugee camps with…

Tumaini, Tanzania

Tumaini, TanzaniaDESCRIPTION: In the outskirts of Arusha. Tanzania, Tumaini (Hope) children’s program reaches out to needy and vulnerable children who lack food, education, and healthcare. Tumaini provides a secure home for those that live in an unsafe environment, medical care, education and, when needed, support to restore connections with their extended families. They currently have…

Bujumbura Bright Beginning School, Burundi

Bujumbura Bright Beginning School, BurundiDESCRIPTION: In Kabezi, Burundi, the Batwa ethnic group are called the “lost people,” because they live in extreme poverty without adequate food, water, or shelter. Estimates are that two children die each day in these conditions. Bujumbura Bright Beginning School is present in the community to provide free education for the…

Children’s Program, Mozambique

Children’s Program, MozambiqueDESCRIPTION: Lori and Victor are part of a pioneer ministry in Nampula, northern Mozambique. They and their team have received training on working with vulnerable children, and have now started a ministry to children in their neighborhood. They have also run two family Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), with 40 children of staff and…

Homeless Ministry, Congo

Homeless Ministry, CongoDESCRIPTION: In the city of Bukavu and surrounding villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, people live in severe poverty. There are few roads, and little clean water or electricity. Life is especially hard in the rural areas where violence and abuse of women and children is common. More than 3000 homeless children…