Social Action

Words alone cannot fully convey God's love and an empty stomach has no ears. We wholeheartedly believe that the gospel calls us to meet needs in both the spiritual and physical realms. For this reason AE is involved in long-term development initiatives. Each of these has the aim of sharing the love of Christ with its recipients.

AE partners in Africa are involved in a wide variety of projects. AE Belgium currently support projects in the following areas:

  • AIDS
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Literacy
  • Training
  • Food security
  • Children
  • Primary Health Care


Malawi - Tailoring project
MALAWI: Women's Tailoring Project PDF Print E-mail

The project started when Rachel and Stephen Lungu were convinced that the underprivileged people living around their neighbourhood needed to be helped. Later, more interest was generated due to the high rate of people who were widowed or orphaned through HIV & AIDS related deaths.
Many parents and husbands have died due to HIV & AIDS. With the family bread winners gone, many girls and women were resorting to prostitution in order to find food for themselves and their families.

The project therefore seeks to assist women with skills in which they can earn a living without engaging in sexual malpractices. The goal of the project is to equip vulnerable women, girls and sex workers to attain self reliance and achieve their God given potential. In addition to the tailoring training, the women will be trained in how to run small scale businesses and are introduced to organisations which can lend them money to start their tailoring shops to ensure sustainability of the graduates and utilisation of their skills.

AE Malawi Tailoring Project student profiles_Page_1_Image_0002.jpgSheila Mkandiwire is 29 years old, and is married with a daughter and son. She was orphaned when she was 14 years old and was only able to attend school until Form 2 because of lack of money. She was married at 20 years old and gave her life to Jesus that year. She spent most of her time at home, not able to contribute to household expenses. She is very thankful for the opportunity to attend the tailoring school so that she can look after her children better. People noticed that she had changed when she went home from the Tailoring school during the holiday break. She was able to make clothes and to help different people spiritually, even prostitutes. She knows that when she goes back on her next holiday her friends and family will notice more changes. She will be able to better assist her husband who is a pastor in a Muslim dominated area in Malawi.

AE Malawi Tailoring Project student profiles_Page_2_Image_0001.jpgAlinafe Laniwele didn’t know her age, but she thought she was around 25 years old. She has a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. She stayed at home after she got married and wasn’t able to provide for her family. Her husband buys and sells shoes, but sometimes is not able to make money. She attended the school because she wanted to learn some skills so that she can have a tailoring shop and help herself and her family. She thought that she was ok spiritually before attending the school, but has knows that she has grown in her faith because she hears the Word of God every day.

 
GIVING HOPE TO STREET CHILDREN

hairdressing_2.jpgImagine you’re at a stoplight in downtown Accra, the capital city of Ghana. You see scores of street children, seemingly everywhere. Several come up to your window to beg for money or food. Some offer to shine shoes, or try to sell you food, newspapers or electronic gadgets. Others just amble around, doing nothing. Their faces show strain and sadness, their clothes are rugged and dirty and some appear hungry or ill.


Experts believe there are about 10,000 street children in Accra. Surprisingly, the majority of them actually live with their parents, but do not go to school. Tragically, their parents cannot afford the school fees. So they spend their days on the streets, where they’re often abused and traumatised.

Because a nation’s development depends on the character and abilities of its youth, Ghana’s potential will be limited by the impact of potential future leaders who have no education, few skills and little discipline. Indeed, youth are the pillars of a country’s future.

street_kids_cars_low_res.jpgIn response to this looming crisis, African Enterprise in Ghana spearheaded a practical, three-year skills training program for street children. It began in 1995, and enables kids to acquire life skills and earn an honest income so that they can provide for themselves and their families. They learn trades such as dress-making, hairdressing, refrigerator and air conditioner repair, auto mechanics, carpentry, welding, aluminium door and window construction, video filmmaking and photography. AE evangelists have many opportunities to introduce the kids to Jesus Christ, with many of them coming to faith.

sewing5.jpgAfrican Enterprise provides the tools and equipment required for the training, such as sewing machines, hair dryers, toolboxes and so on. When the street children complete their course, they are allowed to keep the tools and equipment that are vital to their work.

So far, 350 street children have graduated and another 100 will do so by December 2010. Early graduates of the program have established small businesses and are going to school in the evening. African Enterprise is excited to witness the way in which the street children project powerfully impacts the lives of children by enabling them to become financially independent and even provide for their families. 
 
Latest News from Kenya

On 21st February, the Government gave 24 hours directive to the IDPs to move out from the Jamhuri camp. This was very abrupt and it was not taken kindly by most of the IDPs who said they had no place to go although they had received an earlier directive in January which they ignored. They knew that this time round the Government was serious.

The following day the government provided buses to relocate them to their rural homes. Around 150 people decided to hang on insisting that they had no where to go. A few days later, the Government threw them out of Jamhuri Park and they decided to camp outside the gate where they are up until today. The situation is very difficult because they are sleeping outside with nothing to cover them. 

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