Overviewof our work in Africa
The Family International in Africa is a proactive force, supporting sustainable development via multifaceted projects and outreach programs throughout the continent. With a few small mission outposts in the late 1970s through the mid 1990s, the Family's work in Africa has grown concertedly over the last ten years to now include 22 Family community centres, 24 missionary teams, and a number of associate projects, active in 19 countries.
From Senegal to Tanzania, Kenya to Namibia and South Africa, Family members use their expertise as missionaries, educators, motivators, trainers, and facilitators to bring hope, faith, and love to those in need. From the highly acclaimed STEPS character-building educational program to ongoing rural medical relief projects, student outreach initiatives to sustainable micro enterprises, the Family's efforts have been recognised by NGO and government experts alike. Our primary goal is to make a difference through sharing God's love and message in real and tangible ways that will have maximum impact.
Christian Leadership and Ministry Training | Since 2006, members have been training prospective missionaries and Malagasy community leaders, offering 12 Foundations Stones courses. These courses in Christian, spiritual and leadership development, taught in French, English, and Malagasy, have benefitted and inspired many to change their world in tangible ways. Our goal is to motivate, inspire, challenge, and support those making a difference in their spheres of influence.
RadioActive Public Service Radio Broadcasts | An important focus of our work in Uganda since 1999 has been the production of public service radio shows and spots. On average, we broadcast a total of 56 shows every month on eight different radio stations that collectively reach the entire country. These broadcasts include Night Light, a late-night radio programme; Nu Beat, a weekly syndicated youth programme; and Reflections, an inspirational spot, presenting motivational reflections on a variety of topics. Stories & articles | Photo album
Save the Youth—Youth Outreach and Support | Since 1999, local members of TFI have focused on improving the quality of life of vulnerable youth, including orphans and underage prison inmates. Save the Youth has established projects providing food aid and training in basic hygiene, building and renovating living quarters of orphanages, improving the condition of prison cells, and supplying food supplements, school equipment, and stationery for very poor children and schools. Stories & articles | Photo album
Donation Distribution and Charity Work, Countrywide | Thanks to the generosity of people in the community, who care sincerely for those whose lives are challenging and difficult, over the past eight years we have been able to distribute many tons of donated goods, including clothes, shoes, school supplies, and food to poorly funded or totally destitute communities, with very touching results. Stories & articles | Photo album
Hope of the Future, Cape Town | We celebrated our community center's eighth anniversary with the opening of a soup kitchen, which was constructed by the Rotary Club. The centre serves meals to over 100 children daily and over 200 families weekly. Our contributions include large quantities of meat, which have been a real boost to the diets of HIV/AIDS sufferers and destitute and needy families. The centre has received recognition from the Western Cape Health Department, and over the course of a year, over 50 international volunteers came to help serve meals.
Olives Rehabilitation Centre, Mombassa | Since its inception, the Family International’s Family Care Missions project in Kenya has sponsored the Olives Rehabilitation Centre for street children and orphans in Mombassa. Daily, over 200 of these children receive schooling and a nutritional meal. The programme helps to prepare and place these destitute children in local primary schools, and we locate sponsors for those who successfully make the transition. A teacher-training course is held twice a year for the centre’s teachers and staff, which helps maintain a high standard. The project has recently launched a weekly Bible club and Sunday school and also offers counseling for single mothers. Stories & articles | Photo album
Mother and Baby Support Group, Johannesburg | In a social environment where there is a huge stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, and which normally leads to isolation (and in extreme cases can lead to beatings and even stoning), our project has been highly successful at having affected mothers come together and openly discuss their status. Due to ongoing education and support, many of their babies are testing negative. The project also includes a programme for TB sufferers, 90% of whom are HIV positive, but most of whom are not at this point able to speak about their HIV status openly. Stories & articles | Photo album
- Community Outreach
- Jungle Mission Trips
- Actions at the Antanimora Jail (central Jail of Antananarivo)
- Project at the Ankadivory Orphanage
- Green Leaf Orphanage, Morondavakely
- Building on the Rubble of Kony in Northern Uganda
- Reactions to Our Radio Broadcasts
- Church in the Home
- Hearing from God
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