Our Philosophy on Community Engagement:
We understand and acknowledge that helping can be a two-edged sword, bringing apparent benefit to distressed communities while at the same time creating a legacy that is less than beneficial. When it's not done right, helping can create dependency and foster a sense of helplessness and loss of self-esteem in the target community and its members.
We are committed to thinking carefully about the type of help we offer. We want our giving to be a gift that builds capacity, meets real needs and encourages the needy to participate in their own upliftment. We want our beneficiaries to grow and mature, to gain the skills they need to eventually stand on their own two feet. Our giving must be empowering to the community rather than just providing temporary relief. We want our giving to be sustainable so that the benefits outlast our involvement with the community.
We believe in being open, honest and accountable with all our stakeholders, and will seek to encourage similar accountability in those we work with. We want to be honest about what we can and cannot do, and do our best to under-promise and over-deliver.
We believe that all people are equal and will endeavor to ensure that we treat people as equals, respecting their opinions and ideas. We acknowledge that we will learn more from our beneficiaries, than we will be able to teach them. We believe that it is important to listen more than we speak, and to hear and appropriately evaluate the opinions of the community leadership.
- To establish meaningful relationships with people who live in Sweetwaters/Mpumuza.
- To provide training, resources and support for the improvement of the education systems in Sweetwaters/Mpumuza.
- To work with all people regardless of race, religion, culture and gender.
- To reach a new generation for Jesus Christ and raise the moral standing of the next generation
- To sustain and direct our efforts by means of prayer.
- Accountability – To be open and honest with our stakeholders and to seek to be accountable as well as encouraging accountability with those we work with.
- Approachability – People of all ages, races, religions, cultures, males and females are able to interact with us freely, openly and with mutual respect.
- Biblical Truth – Ensuring that all our work, relationships and discipling come from the authority of Scripture.
- Compassion and Mutual Respect – Support for needy people.
- Honesty and Transparency – Being honest about what we can and cannot do. Ensuring that we under-promise and over-deliver.
- Individual and Community Development – Encouraging self-help and interdependence rather than dependence on us. Creating projects that are replicable and sustainable.
- Openness to New Ideas and to Change – Hearing (and appropriately evaluating) different opinions from leaders and others.
- Networking – Working with like-minded people, organizations and initiatives, accepting our differences.
Obligations and Objectives
- To care for and develop abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned or homeless children.
- To provide support to those looking after such children.
- To train unemployed members of the community in order to create income generating programmes.
- To discourage total dependence on social welfare.
- To reduce social problems associated with poverty and unemployment.
- To build relationships of credibility and trust by establishing youth, support and Bible Study groups.
- To work together with schools, teachers and parents.
- To manage feeding prorammes to benefit those affected by HIV and AIDS.
- To develop and maintain childcare centers where children can gather and be taught skills and sports.
- To produce work of high quality which will be recognized internationally.