We recognize that some of our donors may have a special burden for certain aspects of our work that extend beyond the support of missionaries. Outreach efforts to which designated support can be given include the following initiatives:
Adopt-A-School Program – We work with community schools in developing countries to help them attain the tools they need to teach. The average classroom in developing countries lack basic essential tools: supplies, equipment and furniture that make for a meaningful educational experience for kids. Access to these resources may not seem difficult to acquire in the US, but the same cannot be said for millions of other children around the world. We facilitate the donation of textbooks, desks, chairs, chalkboards, uniforms, school supplies and other items that these schools so desperately need.
Clean Water Projects – One of the major challenges the people in third world countries face is the lack of a good clean water source. Without clean, safe drinking water, diseases, dehydration and even premature death constantly plague the people. The children are especially susceptible to disease because their immune systems are experiencing everything for the first time. Daily, thousands of mothers in third-world countries are forced to make a choice to watch their children die of dehydration, or give them what water they can from a polluted, dirty, water source, full of parasites and bacteria. The risks of drinking contaminated water are just as great as drinking no water at all. For every five children that die in developing countries, one will die because of water-related diseases. The choice between life-threatening dehydration and life-threatening water-related disease is not a choice that any person should have to make.
We finance, support, and participate in the construction of clean water projects to provide children and families in poverty with access to clean water through interventions like: drilled wells; rainwater catchment systems; piping systems to irrigate crops and improve access to clean water; purification equipment to treat water contaminated by bacteria and other waterborne disease-carriers; latrines to protect clean water sources; and much more.
Feeding and Nutrition Program – Through this initiative we focus on feeding children in community schools we work with to promote attendance, improve performance, and nourish growing bodies. Most of the children rely on the school’s provision as their only source of food for the day. Through our child feeding program, we are helping to fight hunger in a controlled environment. Our goal is to keep our children healthy, especially those who are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. It is also necessary to keep children fed so they are able to concentrate while at school and gain a better education. Other times we focus on providing assistance and food to orphans that truly need help. That means we seek out those orphan care programs that have exhibited the ability and history to care effectively for the needs of orphans, yet struggle to provide the necessary food.
Medical Missions Outreach – This year alone, there will be over 40 million deaths in developing countries, one-third among children under the age five. Ten million deaths will be due to malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and tuberculosis; all conditions that are easily treatable. We provide medical services, medicines, surgical supplies, training and education to community leaders and members in cooperation with local churches to strengthen outreach efforts, open new areas to the gospel, and provide primary care while giving the caregiver opportunities for ministry. Medical missions begin with team members’ introduction to community leaders and members, and move through pre-arranged logistics to community hospitals, clinics, and health posts.
Self-Help Initiative – Economic growth is a great tool in the fight against poverty in developing countries. We invest in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know that having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities. Smallholder farmers in developing countries comprise half of the world’s undernourished people and a majority of the people are living in absolute poverty. This program provides farmers the resources they need – training, access to basic financial services and inputs to improve their crop yields. Families who previously did not have enough to eat will have a steady supply of food, and even be able to sell the surpluses to bring in much-needed income. And with that income, they will finally be able to have a chance at a more secure future.