Beneficiary Introductions... Arise Africa
We are so excited to begin introducing our beneficiaries to our faithful followers of Kershaw's Challenge! First up today is Arise Africa.
Our friendship with Arise Africa dates all the way back before Kershaw’s Challenge even existed. We have loved our relationship with them. Together, we saw two incredible children’s homes come to fruition. The Lord has used these homes to redeemed broken lives—what beauty! The Arise Homes will always be part of the work of Kershaw’s Challenge—those children are part of our family.
For years, Arise Africa has maintained a presence in a compound called N’gombe. The compound is the home to many, many children and families. The Arise staff cares for children living here through a child sponsorship and feeding program. They are in the compound every day—serving and ministry to an area that is poor and desolate.
In 2016 and 2017, thanks to your incredible generosity, Kershaw’s Challenge was able to fully fund the purchase of the land for a new school. It is right in the heart of the community we are longing to serve. What a gift! We were also able to fund the building of a wall around the entire property.
Arise Africa is excited about the prospect of running a school that has efficient classrooms, small class sizes and highly qualified teachers. We love their vision and are excited to stand by their side to make this dream a reality. We have seen the Lord use the gift of education as a vehicle to break the cycle of poverty. Equipping the children of N’gombe with tools to succeed will encourage them to step outside of the pattern they have long known and seek change.
Our goal this year is "Phase Two": Building the school! The Arise Christian School is being built right now! With phase one complete, we will shift our focus to phase two. This phase will include: planning and grading more of the enclosed school land, two new classrooms, the cafeteria, school offices and toilets, the library and school furniture to furnish the classrooms.
If you feel led, we encourage you to seek an opportunity to play a part in changing the life of a specific child through the sponsorship program with Arise Africa. You can learn more about it here.