Kenya Needy Orphans and Children (KNOC) promotes high school education and post-graduation planning for orphans and impoverished children. Children receive school fees, vocational training, and career guidance. KNOC works with impoverished children and orphans from local church congregations, giving them educational and spiritual support so they may serve the Lord in their churches, vocations, and all of life.
Morning Light (Yengat Birhan) is a refuge for the needy, serving 243 widows, single mothers, and orphans in the slums outside of Addis Ababa. Women receive job training, health care, counseling, and income-generating opportunities. With this support, they gain self-esteem and can provide for the basic needs of their families. Morning Light’s holistic approach to ministry meets physical needs while sharing the hope and refuge found in Christ.
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 Center, located in a slum of South Delhi, India, has been transforming the lives of working children for 22 years. Children ages 6–10 come to the center for four hours before going to work as trash collectors in the marketplace. Kids receive meals and are taught English, math, science, and social studies.
Sugandh offers savings and loan cooperative groups to women in the slums who do not 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 enable women to buy small plots of land in their villages, cover medical expenses, and fund their children’s education.
Sugandh operates community outreach programs to provide basic health care and awareness campaigns as well as empower vulnerable communities to participate in the process of improving their quality of life—from access to clean drinking water to electricity in homes. Additionally, adults can participate in a six-month sewing certificate program to help families develop skills to become self-sufficient.