The church

Protecting the vulnerable in Africa takes more than good intentions. It takes a sustainable platform and great programs built by Africans, for Africans.  

Why The Church?

our model

Why the Church

The local church is the platform from which Orchard: Africa operates. The reasons are simple:

1. God intends for churches to protect and holistically care for the vulnerable, regardless of race, gender, or social status.

2. The Church is one of the most sustainable community based organizations in the world, able to reach where many other established organizations cannot.

3. God is establishing His Church, ensuring that investments into it will last for generations to come.

At Orchard: Africa, we are passionate about protecting the vulnerable and are committed to sustainable, holistic solutions. That is why the church is our platform, Programs are our tools, and hope in Christ is our message.

our four programs

Ministry

This is where it all starts...

To truly protect the vulnerable and implement sustainable solutions in communities, the local church has to be on board. The Ministry Program focuses on training, mentoring, and equipping local African pastors and their churches to respond to the immediate needs of their own community.

Orchard: Network

The Orchard: Network is something church leaders and pastors who want to change their community can join to receive training and mentorships. Members can take part in meetings in Cape Town, Zambia, or Mafikeng. Nearly 600 pastors have been trained in ministry and leadership.

Training

Network members attend specific project training based on their village needs. Our goal is to educate, inspire, and challenge leaders to look out for the vulnerable in their communities by responding to poverty and injustice.

Funding

Trained project members apply for funding to implement proven and sustainable programs and projects. Orchard: Africa assesses project plans, overall church support, and leadership potential before approval.

Church

We plant model churches – called Fountain of Hope churches – in key areas to serve as a guide and model to others. Every program that is run is first tested in a Fountain of Hope church to ensure that it is effective and sustainable. Mentoring, training, Orchard: Network meetings, and project training is run by Fountain of Hope churches.

Education

Education is the most powerful weapon...

All education projects are established through the Church to encourage a love for learning from a very young age. As the children grow, they transition from church preschools to Church-hosted After School Learning Centers to develop vocational life skills.

 

Preschools

Preschools are started in local churches, providing jobs for teachers and encouraging a love for learning from a very young age. Nearly 6,000 children have gone through our church-run preschools.This would not be possible without incredible partners like yourself.

 

After-School Learning Center

Children from the local primary schools not only receive assistance from church staff with homework, but also have a safe place where studying, reading and learning is encouraged.

Youth

The church facilitates life skills, vocational skills, sports, and music. This gives young adults the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to learn and be a productive member of the community.

Church

All education programs are run by the local church. When a local church steps up to protect the vulnerable through providing education and essential life and vocational skills, poverty and injustice shrink. The projects of the Education program would not be a reality without support from people like yourself. Thank you for making an impact!

Food & Agriculture

Food security is a priority...

Providing food and water to children helps reduce illiteracy, sex trafficking, and abuse. These projects include vertical farming initiatives to bring sustainable food security to the villages.

Hunger

The primary need in a community is food security. Without food, people can’t think beyond their own survival. We change this through not only providing meals, but also educating communities on how to grow their own food.

Food

Local churches are trained to run a daily feeding program. This provides a job for a cook, income for the pastor, and a cooked lunchtime meal for children. The Food & Agriculture program also works in conjunction with the church preschools to provide breakfast for the preschoolers every day. Nearly 10 million meals have been served to children as a result.

Farming

In partnership with Earth University, we are teaching Churches and communities the skill of growing fruits and vegetables in their own home in old pairs of jeans, plastic bottles, and bags. These innovative vertical farming initiatives allow families to not only grow food for themselves, but also have enough food to sell to provide for their other needs.

Church

The local church goes beyond being a place together on Sunday morning. It is an active part of the community, as it teaches, trains, and provides its community with the necessary skills to pursue a better life.

Care

Be the hands and feet...

Church leaders are empowered to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, youth, and adults. Trauma counseling, life skills, AIDS prevention, orphan intervention, and even hospice care is provided by the local church.

Orphans

A church pastor identifies orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities and walks them through a 10 day intervention program to help them cope with loss and grief. These pastors also support foster parents.

Home Care

The local church engages members of its community and trains both men and women to be caregivers. These heroic caregivers visit residents in their homes and provide basic medical and hospice care for them. Together, over 200,000 home care visits have taken place.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

Church leaders are trained to provide AIDS prevention programs to local high schools. HIV/AIDS infection is not inevitable – it can be prevented.

Church

The local church equips, empowers, and cares for the community, in turn protecting the vulnerable and restoring hope.

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programs with impact

Pastors Trained

Churches Running Sustainable Programs

Children Who Completed VBS

Church-Run Programs Funded

Church Preschool Students

Educated on HIV/AIDS Prevention

Learning Center Visits

Adults Trained in Small Business & Life Skills

Meals Served

Community Gardens Started

Agriculture Workshops Taught

Vertical Farming Bags Purchased for Communities

Home Care Visits to the Sick

Families Provided with Social Services

Children Completed Orphan Intervention Program

Patients Transported to Health Clinic for Care

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