The heart of Hands at Work is to mobilize the African church to reach the continent’s most vulnerable children, to reach 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children that would otherwise not be reached.
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My Section of the Wall
Marlene traveled to South Africa for the first time on a three week mission’s trip with her church. The 65-year-old former teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada was deeply affected by her time spent playing with orphaned children and visiting dying patients in their homes.
Upon her return to Canada, Marlene immediately took action. In her town populated by less than one hundred people, Marlene found an overwhelming response and interest. After speaking in a few churches, Marlene began going to neighboring towns to speak. Simply telling her story and showing a few photos, Marlene began to raise money for the children and patients that had so deeply touched her. Raising money was important to Marlene because she saw what a massive difference small donations could make in the lives of the African people. But mostly she felt her purpose in speaking to others in North America was to raise awareness of what was really happening on the other side of the world.
In 2008, Marlene decided that she wanted to personally fund a project. Realizing that including other people would have an even greater impact and further raise awareness, Marlene opted to take on a big fundraising project: the construction of a literacy centre for vulnerable women and children in rural Kano, Nigeria. She sent out letters to family, friends and community members describing her cause and encouraging them to contribute. The response was tremendous. People were eager to play a part and many even approached Marlene with a desire to help. A local school contacted her to make the literacy school their fundraising project for the year, the children selling candy for the cause.
Marlene has currently raised $15,000 of the $20,000 needed to complete the construction of the school and feed the orphans for a year. Having never fundraised before, Marlene says it was easier than she expected. “It isn’t always easy to ask for money,” she says. “But when you’re asking on behalf of orphans and the vulnerable it’s not hard. Just put it out there and leave the rest in God’s hands.”