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:
- Health and Sanitation
- Food security
- Primary Health Care
Malawi - Tailoring project
|MALAWI: Women's Tailoring Project
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
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.
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.
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
GIVING HOPE TO STREET CHILDREN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.