This Saturday is the 5th annual Ubuntu: Walk.
Join us this Saturday at the Phoenix zoo for the Ubuntu: Walk. The Ubuntu: Walk is an exciting mix of family-friendly fun and exposure to God’s heart – that we should serve others and provide for those who are in need. There will be a bouncing castle, face painting, a silent auction, live auction and breakfast. What better way to spend time with families and friends and make an eternal difference in the lives of the vulnerable and orphaned. You have the ability to restore hope: one child at a time, one village at a time. Registration opens at 7am and the walk starts at 8am.
One of the primary goals of Orchard: Africa is to empower our partners in the United States with the understanding of God’s calling on their lives to support orphans and widows. This year we are adding “passport stations” throughout the walk. Those that get their passport stamped at all four stations will be eligible to enter into a free raffle. The stations take walkers through Matthew 25, which says:
“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…I was sick and you took care of me…’” -Matthew 25: 34-36
Providing a regular healthy meal to every child in need is one our highest priorities. Children who have a stable and nutritious meal can concentrate in school, relieve burdens on their family to provide, and are healthy and able to play sports. We will always meet this basic need for children. For them to be successful in life and for their spiritual life to grow, they first must be healthy and sustained at the most basic level. The FUND A CHILD program specifically focuses on providing regular meals to 3 children each month for just $10 a month.
Orchard: Africa ensures that every village we work in has access to clean water. Water is a basic necessity and is the key to the success of our other programs. Children who do not have access to clean water are susceptible to various diseases. Their bodies have trouble keeping proper nutritional levels. A healthy meal is less effective if children only have dirty drinking water.
The community is an essential part of life for those we serve. We empower communities as a whole to provide care for one another. We believe in the capacity of the communities to bring themselves out of the AIDS/poverty cycle with a little help. While many of the communities we serve are poor they have great faith in God and great dignity in their family and community. Orchard: Africa always focuses on serving with respectful compassion. Many of our programs meet people in their home to provide social services or home based care. We encourage pastors we work with to go and meet with his congregation. Learn their needs and begin to engage the entire community in solving and meeting those needs.
Southern Africa has been the hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic. In its wake many children have been orphaned and all youth are vulnerable to contracting HIV if they are not properly educated. AIDS has cause a missing generation in the parent generation. Orchard: Africa empowers the church to fill that gap. Pastors provide AIDS Prevention Training to youth in schools and youth groups. We focus on equipping the young generation to be healthy and make good choices. The foundation the church can build by reaching children and youth is strong. God has equipped His church for a time such as this. As US churches partner with Orchard: Africa sustainable change is brought to village after village
Attend our annual gala event in Scottsdale, Arizona and help us directly fund 15 rural villages in Africa. The Orange Ball will be an exciting evening at The Clayton on the Park in the beautiful setting of old town Scottsdale. We’ll highlight the villages we are working in, introducing you to the pastors and leaders who are on the ground creating sustainable grass roots level change. See and hear from the children who have new hope. Meet our long term partners and hear from those who have served in Africa and traveled to South Africa & Zambia.
Celebrate with us as we look back on what we’ve achieved but most importantly look forward to the task ahead of restoring hope and creating sustainable change in rural villages across the face of Africa.