Reformed Hearts Orphans Center (RHOC) cares for 35 orphans within seven homes at RHOC and with families from their local church. The children in their care are orphaned from the AIDS/HIV epidemic and political unrest. RHOC believes “that every child deserves a loving home, a family and parents or caretakers who cater to the child’s physical and emotional well – being and development. We believe that children belong in homes and families and not in institutions.” It is with this commitment that RHOC is caring for orphans in the name of Christ, instructing them in solid, Biblical teaching.
Teen Ministry seeks to win to Christ and improve the lives of severely impoverished teenage girls living in the “garbage city” of Cairo, Egypt. Teen Ministry primarily teaches these young girls to find joy in Christ; much of their time is devoted to praying and studying the Bible. Teen Ministry teaches girls who have never been taught hygiene or cleanliness how to wash themselves and make changes to improve their health through hygiene in their homes and families. In the area that Teen Ministry operates, girls are often abused and neglected. Teen Ministry shows them genuine love, often for the first time in their lives. Teen Ministry also educates the girls and provides them with medical and dental care.
The Sugandh Child Development Centre, located in a slum in South Delhi, has been transforming the lives of working children for 22 years. Before going to work as trash collectors in the marketplace, children aged 6-10 come for two hours. They receive a meal and are taught reading, writing, and mathematics. Sugandh also operates a vocational skills school where young adults and teenagers learn sewing, painting, and card making. Sugandh offers savings and loan cooperative groups to women in the slum who either don’t have the documentation needed for a bank account or the cost of getting to a bank exceeds what they can save in a month. Money from savings and low-interest loans from the cooperative groups has enabled women to buy small plots of land in their villages, cover medical expenses, and fund their children’s education.
Jars of Oil Mission Africa (JOMA) is a ministry to grandmothers who have lost their own children to AIDS and are now caring for their grandchildren. With compassion, the ministry breaks through the shame and stigma associated with AIDS to meet physical and spiritual needs. JOMA feeds families by delivering food packages and helping the “grannies” start gardens. The gardens provide a source of food, income, and dignity. Many of the grannies suffer from HIV or other illnesses. JOMA arrange for the grannies to receive the medical treatment they need. The staff visits frequently; encouraging and praying with these women. The love of Christ, shown by JOMA is transforming lives.