Prepared For Life
In many developing countries, land is like gold. Not only is it a valuable and sought-after resource, it is an individual’s inheritance. So what does that mean for the hundreds of orphaned children under our care who will never inherit the land of their fathers?
In a national economy where the unemployment rate exceeds 40% – and upwards of 80% in the areas where we work – many young men and women lack a marketable skill. As their guardians and mentors, we are responsible for equipping them with a quality education, life values and skills, and the confidence to pursue their goals and provide for themselves. Each child’s situation is different, so we offer three forms of a culturally relevant inheritance: an agricultural apprenticeship and a piece of land, a college degree, or a trade coupled with business training. This is where our on-site agricultural operations and life skills center are valuable, especially for those who do not advance to college.
We challenge our children to implement a strong work ethic; our graduates we encourage innovative thinking. Regardless of the avenue fitting for each child, we aim for each one to have the resources necessary to put their ideas and strengths to action, serving as a productive member of society with a renewed sense of purpose and dignity.