Since 2012, Thames Valley Church of Christ (TVCOC) has been dedicating its annual Gift for the Poor to the HOPE worldwide programmes in Africa.
HOPE worldwide is providing ongoing support to Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) in 8 countries across almost 40 communities (Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa). Over the past 6 years, HOPE worldwide programmes have touched the lives of over 148,000 orphans and vulnerable children. During 2014-2016, they will reach 30,000 additional orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.
Gift for the Poor in 2012/2013
TVCOC have been specifically giving to projects in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, setting a goal to raise $60,000 each year. In 2012 and 2013, this vision has been surpassed as TVCOC raised approximately $100,000 each year ($202,000 overall).
During 2013, with support from TVCOC, the OVC programs have reached 1080 Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Early Childhood Development (ECD) training was provided to 139 parents and caregivers benefitting 489 children in these countries. Women’s Empowerment Economic activities were also established for 60 female caregivers and community workers in Mozambique. Collectively, the African programs have already trained 743 women in business and vocational skills and now 1,125 women are running their own businesses. 1,240 women are now involved in Savings and Loans Clubs to support income generating activities.
Impact in 2014
With the money raised in 2013, HOPE worldwide aims to support over 1,650 Orphans and Vulnerable Children throughout 2014, with food, healthcare, counselling, child protection, education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. This giving will also go towards strengthening the HOPE worldwide leadership teams in these countries, as well as to explore 2 new country sites in Ghana and Liberia. HOPE worldwide aims to leverage an additional $200,000 using TVCOC’s funding from individual, organisational and corporate donors. TVCOC are now planning their 2014 Gift for the Poor.
Acts 10:4b: “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.”