Did you know that there are an estimated 153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, that have lost one or both parents (UNICEF). HIV/AIDS has orphaned 17.9 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia (UNICEF).
These stats were quite a shock to my system. That’s why this week’s featured organisation is the Ubuntu Cross Border Foundation. I had the privilege to travel to Zimbabwe and Zambia with Global Challenge Expiditions in 2013 to visit two of the orphanages the organisation is involved in.
Changing and uplifting communities in Africa, through the education and Christian discipleship of the most vulnerable children.
The Ubuntu Cross Border Foundation strives to connect the resources of different communities to uplift and care for most vulnerable children in South Africa as well as throughout the rest of Africa, together with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missionaries of previous decades often only brought the Gospel, leaving the people of Africa converted but still poor and unskilled. Yet Jesus taught us to take care of the poor and destitute. Spending years visiting different communities and projects the organisation was encouraged to see local initiatives helping their own communities. These communities however mostly do not have the resources available to help themselves. With this association the Foundation strives to create an infrastructure which will connect the resources from different communities in order to uplift and care for most vulnerable children in Africa, together with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
How can you get involved?
Check out the Ubuntu Cross Border Foundation website to see how you can get involved
– from visiting the projects, to donating funds, to becoming an ambassador.
How are you making a difference in your local community?