Africa ELI (an acronym for Education and Leadership Initiative) provides access to secondary schools for South Sudan’s young people. It is especially significant for girls because of the effort it affords to bridge the gender gap through education. By advancing women’s education, through academic sponsorship, partnerships, retention programs, and life skill development, the Initiative can fulfill its mission to build gender equity, improve economic conditions, and strengthen leadership within peaceful development. The majority of the students in the Yei area range in age from 14-26 and over 53% of scholarships are awarded to girls in keeping with the mission. Give our own Anita Henderlight five or ten minutes of your time and she will assure you of the great potential in these students!
It’s been an FUMC blessing to have Bill and/or Marie Hubane visit us several times while on leave to share their vision for helping those in need to Mutaro, Zimbabwe. Out of that vision, Ishe Anesu (God is with us) was begun to help relieve the misery of the homeless and HIV/AIDS infected children and unwed mothers living in that area of Africa. The project began at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Sukubua and provides tuition, school supplies, school uniforms and one hot meal a day. The students are taught Christian ethics, social and home values and hygiene. The mothers are taught sewing, knitting, homemaking and parenting skills in a Christian atmosphere. Our Holston Conference recently raised nearly $125,000 to build a new school and many young people have gone on to university or highly skilled jobs.
As important as education is to the United States, it is even more so for our African brothers and sisters. Please be generous in your support of these worthwhile projects and put August Mission Special on the memo line of your check.