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:
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. The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. You can’t grow food, build housing, stay healthy, stay in school or keep working.
Adopt-A-School Program – The quality of teaching is poor in many developing countries. Even children who have completed primary school may lack basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic. The curricula often lack clear targets, are overloaded with subjects, do not meet the learning needs of elementary school pupils, ignore cultural and regional factors, and put across distorted or stereotypical images of male and female social roles. Other frequently encountered problems are a failure to bring teaching times and curricula into line with the everyday lives of children, and outdated teaching methods. Group work, independent learning, critical thought and problem solving, the use of new technologies and the development of life skills tend to be neglected. As a result, young people lack the crucial knowledge and skills that will later give them the confidence to make their way in the labor market. In simple terms, the Adopt-A-School program is a mechanism used to improve and uplift the academic environment in schools. Our model looks at incrementally addressing a plethora of issues including: leadership and communication, strategic planning, governance, quality of teaching, educator development, and learner support systems in mathematics and science. Infrastructure, and the maintenance of school structures are also addressed.
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 – Crop production remains low in Africa because the majority of food producers are smallholder farmers who lack access to financial services, farming inputs (including seed, equipment, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides), agricultural training and fair crop markets to optimize their productivity and increase their earnings. It is estimated that one in four Africans are undernourished. Additionally, smallholder farmers comprise half of the world’s undernourished people and a majority of the people are living in absolute poverty. Experts estimate that food production in Africa must increase by 50 percent to feed an estimated 1.3 billion by the year 2030. This program provides farmers the resources they need – training, access to basic financial services and inputs to improve their crop yields. We help indigenous farmers reduce hunger and food insecurity and meet the growing demand of food.
Disaster Relief and Response – In many countries minor shocks and stresses can have devastating and long-term effects on families. In response to these challenges we provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by disasters and complex emergencies when they arise. This program addresses a plethora of issues that affect vulnerable populations including: water, sanitation and hygiene; health; and the provision of food aid to help people recover from crises. Our aim is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.