Sowing Seeds of Change

by ACT

  • Posted on September 7, 2018

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“Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits.”

…. International Days of Charity and Literacy

In recent decades many politicians and economists have argued that education is simply a product of economic growth. However, those that work closely in development, charity and advocacy in the less economically developed parts of the world realise, absolutely, that improved and expanded education is a necessary precondition for economic development to occur. Despite this, over the last decade UNICEF and UNESCO have reported a decline in education, with only 4% of development assistance globally being spent in the education sector. It is because of this misguided logic and practice that the work of charities like ACT is so essential. By working on the ground it is clear to us that education is one of the most important tools to facilitate lasting positive change for individuals and communities suffering from the skewed priorities of their governments and foreign aid donors.

This week the international daysof Charity& of Literacy are being celebrated in various ways all around the globe. ACT is a charity focussed on using education as the starting point from which all manner of positive change may grow, which is why the concept of the seed and of growth is at the core of our beliefs.

SEED – We use the acronym SEED to outline our strategy for alleviating poverty.

Sending volunteers with necessary skills to Africa to work with our partners and help with implementing our projects in communities where we operate.

Educating children by providing scholarships and welfare support for disadvantaged children of single mothers /widows and orphans in Africa.

Empowering widows through counselling, literacy and skills training to enable them generate income in a sustainable way so that they can support their families.

Developing and enriching communities by providing human, technical and material support to improve education, sanitation and health.

Nangwe Girls Secondary School, Kenya, 2018

Developing the entire community where ACT works by providing technical and material support to local schools and health services.

With these four principles at the heart of our work ACT is able to support women, children and communities across eight African countries (Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Since 1999 our vision has been to work in partnership with local communities and charitable organisations on the ground to create and support initiatives that really make an impact on people’s ability to lift themselves out of difficult situations. At ACT we aim to break the cycle of poverty in disadvantaged African societies by focussing our efforts on the young and those that care for them. Through education we help disadvantaged children achieve their full potential but we also offer training to those that care for them thus giving them the ‘helping hand’ they need to put their business ideas into practice and generate a sustainable income thus releasing them from the pressures of poverty.

At ACT we choose our local partners carefully and we ensure that they share the same vision of supporting people in need and have the capacity to operate well managed and comprehensively monitored projects. Since July we have been working with I.Afrika (Immanuel Afrika) in Kenya.

Director Kunle Onabolu with I. Afrika children in Kenya

I-Afrika was established almost a decade ago to offer street boys a place of support, safety and family, something most of us take for granted. I. Afrika is a place where kids can be kidsand where education and love open up brighter opportunities for the future. This year I-Afrika has begun to support vulnerable girls at risk of abuse as well; offering them a safe shelter and an opportunity for education.

I-Afrika’s work includes three major focuses; outreach, care, and education. The outreach work consists of providing food, advocacy and other support to children on the streets.

I-Afrika’s care helps children overcome addictions and trauma providing a healthy place to begin the process of building a strong and stable life.

Finally, education; primary, secondary, trade and tertiary gives children opportunities they would never have had previously, allowing them to support themselves and lead fulfilling lives.

Partnering with a charity like I-Afrika is a really positive step for both parties and the children we support. Through the partnership, we can fund the education for a great many orphaned and fatherless children. Fulfilling, we believe this call to action from the book of Proverbs:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

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