This man is Roger Branda, the pastor of the local church. He has a vision. It is called the Food Project.
In all simpleness, it's a plan to feed these kids. They did it for a year, twice a week, the food ALWAYS donated from somewhere. At best there were 120 kids having a free meal in one day.
Roger saw that the need was far greater than their resources. So, does he forget about the whole thing? Nah, he matches the aid to the need. Or goes beyond, whatever.
|Business men, students, farmers... All doing little something.|
Their church looks like this now. All the people in the pictures are volunteers who stayed after the Sunday service to give their time and effort. This week they actually have to have the service in a temporary place.
The project is not only to build big enough facilities for at least 200 kids to receive a meal DAILY but also tutor them with their homework and offer sports and other free-time activities.
To include everyone, there's also going to be a rehab program and a space for mothers (and their mothers) to have vocational classes and courses in hand crafts, painting, sowing etc.
All the personnel to keep this running is already offered from many different mission agencies, like OM, Youth With a Mission and so on. The only thing slowing this down is the money for the construction. You see where I'm getting at?
|He is Rene, a local farmer and a grandpa.|
The total cost of this is $180,000, about 135,000 €. Money is gathered by flea markets, selling meals after the service and supporters.
If all the money would be at hand, the church would be re-build and action could begin in 3-4 months.
Let's do it.
Let's do it.
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