Amidst the pain and suffering caused by HIV, churches can bring hope for the present and the future as they reach out in word and action…
Feeding people on AIDS Treatment
Many patients are unable to afford the nutritious food they need in order to stay healthy, so E3 partner Mountaineers for Christ provides food as well as emotional and spiritual support at a local hospital in Lesotho. The project aimed to reach 140 people per week, but amazingly is actually feeding over 1,000 people per month. The six churches involved have also set up HIV support groups to serve these patients. This has brought about collaboration between the churches and community and has started to break down “walls” that have historically divided the churches.
Support for orphaned and vulnerable children
Lulisandla Kumntwana (meaning “Reach out to the child”) runs a community-based programme to support over 2,500 orphaned and vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Volunteers from local churches, counsellors and youth workers support and care for the children to improve their emotional, social, practical, educational and spiritual well-being.
Mobile Mission Maintenance in Zambia runs a feeding scheme, preparing 250 meals from Monday to Friday to feed children who live in abject poverty in a Township near its training centre. These meals are keeping the children healthy and strong.
Meanwhile, Acts of Faith in Swaziland is using the Church and Community Transformation programme to enable local churches to work together on agricultural projects to support widows and orphaned and vulnerable children.