The minority language group that is the target of this project has long occupied the land they live on. Since majority groups claimed ownership of the land, however, their access to education, clean water and health services has been stripped away. With no voice in the wider community, they were left with little hope for change. In cooperation with a local NGO, this project is making education and health care accessible again for this rural community.
Single-classroom primary schools have been established in three of the villages. Though basic by our standards, the people are very grateful for the opportunities these classrooms are providing for their children. Health awareness and medical check programs are also underway, staffed by the local hospital run by our partner NGO. These programs are providing immediate medical treatment for tropical diseases that have been the cause of much suffering in the past. The community hopes that these essential programs will continue to be available on a regular basis.
Update Nov 2018…
We are currently supporting 185 students in four primary or pre-primary schools. Attendance is running at around 80% and the pass rate for students is also a creditable 80%. Our funding supported the construction of a simple schoolroom that doubles as a community centre. We also supported health awareness programs at three schools and one rural community.
In conjunction with other NGOs and local government workers, we also helped support a social awareness/land rights meeting. The people group in this area is arguably the most disadvantaged of all the communities on our radar. They have no land of their own and no strong sense of identity or community. Through the Wycliffe Foundation, workers were funded to form village committees in five local areas. Their discussions helped to develop initiatives for fostering social change that give the people a sense of purpose, belonging and hope for the future. Blankets were also purchased to provide warmth for the poorest individuals during winter.
We hope to continue our current level of support in 2019 and assist our partners who have additional projects that they would like to launch next year, subject of course to the availability of finance. Some of these needs are relatively small, others are huge.
This is a multi year project .
Please note that all donations are processed by Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia.
If we receive extra funds, this will go towards next year’s target.