Protecting the vulnerable takes a sustainable platform and great programmes. The local church is the platform from which Orchard: Africa operates because the Church is one of the most sustainable community based organizations in the world, able to reach where many other established organizations cannot.
Poverty and injustice creates vulnerable communities. Orchard Africa’s mission is to protect the vulnerable by developing and equipping the local church to be responsive to poverty and injustice in their communities.
The four programmes offered are the tools that the church is equipped with, empowering them to impact their communities:
The Food & Agriculture programme emphasizes food security by providing meals and teaching communities to grow their own food.
The Education programme helps local churches start a preschool, provide an after-school learning center, and conduct life skills and entrepreneurial training for older students.
The Care programme equips church leaders to be the hands and feet of Jesus through home-based care, trauma counseling, HIV/AIDS prevention, and orphan intervention.
The Ministry programme focuses on training, mentoring, and equipping local African pastors and their churches to respond to the immediate needs of their own community.
While the richest Africans get ever richer, extreme poverty in the continent is rising. Africa is the second most unequal continent in the world, and home to seven of the most unequal countries. In 2022, around 460 million people in Africa were living in extreme poverty, with the poverty threshold at 1.90 U.S. dollars a day.
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