Monday, February 26, 2007

ZIMBABWE IN 2007 (part 2)

Zimbabwe now finds itself drowning in a sea of interrelated problems:

• Economic, political and social collapse within the country (“meltdown”).
• Hyper-inflation (up now to 2000% per year, the highest in the world), drought and widespread hunger, unemployment at over 70%.
• 83% of the population living on less than US$2 per day.
• Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans migrating out of the country, including doctors and nurses.
• Life expectancy at birth: Men – 37 years Women – 34 years
• Approximately 25% of the adult population infected with HIV/AIDS
• The highest number of orphans per capita in the world.

In obedience to God’s command to help widows and orphans (James 1:27), African Outreach Ministries greatly desires to reach out and care for the children of Zimbabwe caught in this web of problems.

AOM’s target group:
• Destitute children who have lost one or more of their parents.
• Children who still reside with mothers or extended family members in their family homes (this group constitutes 99% of the orphaned children in Zimbabwe).
• Children whose caregivers find it impossible to care for and nurture their children without outside help.
--- 80% of the caregivers of our children are themselves sick, many terminally ill. ---

AOM assists these children by:
• Paying the necessary school fees and buying the uniform required by each school.
• Securing medical care for both children and sick caregivers.
• Providing food stuffs as opportunities arise.
• Providing spiritual and emotional nurture for both children and caregivers by:

- Regular visits into the homes of each child.
- A Friday Bible Club for all children assisted by the ministry.
- Prayer meetings and support groups for caregivers for their encouragement.
- Camps designed to nurture the children and caregivers in the spiritual walk and for their emotional support.
- Regularly calling the children and caregivers to accept Jesus Christ into their lives and to continue to grow and mature in him.

Coming Next. . .the Faces of the Children

For more information click here: Orphan work

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this, Lisa. It's really an eye-opener. I have a heart for children--and this is heart-wrenching to see.