LIVES IMPACTED: 523 and counting
GRANT AMOUNT $68,459
HOW YOU CONTRIBUTED!
For $300 you purchased a carpenter's tool kit for one student.
For $1,000 you provided salaries for the instructors.
For $3,422 you covered the costs of one student to complete the course.
GLOBAL TRUSTEES APPROVED OCT 2016; COMPLETED MARCH 2019
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The unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decimated viable employment opportunities for young people. As a result, many boys and young men ran off with the rebels to become child soldiers. When the government reclaimed the area, many of these boys were reintroduced to society. Without much education or skills, though, their options remain slim, and the government often perceives them as troublemakers.
Through this project, the church has had an opportunity to show love to these unwanted boys by providing them with community and a purpose. With ARDF funds, the Anglican Diocese of North Kivu constructed a vocational center in Butembo that is training graduating primary students in carpentry skills.
ARDF believes in sustainable, holistic programs. In 2012, ARDF funded a similar project in the town of Aru, near the Ugandan border. It was a huge success. The Aru center has been able to expand due to community support and profits from furniture made at the school.
The Butembo center is based on the same model.
All ARDF projects are holistic, providing practical help with spiritual growth. The students also receive personal support and spiritual mentoring. Many of the youth are orphans of war and will benefit from lessons on reconciliation and forgiveness.