Overviewof projects in Africa
Mission works of members of the Family International in Africa have supported sustainable development via multifaceted projects and outreach programs throughout the continent for over two decades in 19 countries.
From Senegal to Tanzania, Kenya to Namibia and South Africa, TFI volunteers have offered their expertise as mission workers, 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, these 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.
Helping Hand, Cape Town | Project Helping Hand has been operational in the Cape Town area since 1997. Our weekly outreach includes: ministering physically and spiritually to the disadvantaged; supplying educational materials to hospitals, underprivileged schools, and institutions; supplying food, clothing, and household needs to 700 children in the townships; reaching out to meet the physical and emotional needs of patients of a day-care clinic, two quadriplegic centres, and homes for unwed mothers and abused women and children. Stories & articles | Photo album
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
Education and Enrichment activities | Espoir Congo built a primary school, then a middle school, in Kikimi, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, and set up a library. To address the need for holistic education, opportunities are provided for the children to participate in group sports, go on field trips, and engage in activities with art, drama, music and group discussion, in a positive Christian-based learning environment, such as the STEPS Program, which is being translated into French. TFI members have also built schools in other parts of the country, such as Kasai. 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.
Development aid: Agriculture, Water, Electricity | Every TFI missionary who has ministered in the DRC has been gripped by the suffering and ongoing poverty of the common people, due to decades of war, corruption, disease, and lack of infrastructure. Preaching the gospel had to start with offering practical solutions, such as bringing water and electricity and encouraging the development of agriculture. Stories & articles | Photo album
Food Distribution | Children being the first victims of poverty, most particularly in the DRC where thousands roam the streets, both inflicting and suffering abuse, TFI’s efforts first focused on supplying food to orphaned and underprivileged children. Stories & articles | Photo album
Health Care and Maternity | Espoir Congo’s first aid outpost, set up in 2010, expanded in 2013 into a full-fledged medical care centre with a maternity unit, providing free medical diagnosis, treatment, and medication to orphaned and underprivileged children, and offering highly subsidized medical care to the village population, including pregnant women, the biggest need being early detection of malaria and typhoid, as well as prenatal care and childbirth. Stories & articles | Photo album
Leadership Training | One of TFI’s long-term goals has been to teach and train Christian disciples and leaders. To this effect, TFI missionaries conduct an ongoing Bible-based leadership training program, which includes the development of interpersonal and team building skills for young Congolese, with the goal of eventually nationalizing the work. Ongoing training via retreats and seminars enables them to teach their own group of students and to develop the missionary activity of their choice, be it hospital visitation, inmate rehabilitation, disaster relief, or protection of human rights, including distribution of Christian literature.
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
Empowerment of Women and Micro-enterprise Schemes | Espoir Congo’s efforts enable needy young people and women to start their own business ventures and thereby pay for their studies and/or support their families. Free vocational training in tailoring and literacy classes are offered to girls who did not receive sufficient education, which continues to be an ongoing challenge in the DRC.
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
- Health Care and Maternity
- Food Distribution
- Education and Enrichment activities
- Development Aid: Agriculture, Water, Electricity
- Community Outreach
- Jungle Mission Trips
- Actions at the Antanimora Jail (central Jail of Antananarivo)
- Project at the Ankadivory Orphanage
- Green Leaf Orphanage, Morondavakely
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