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The Hands at Work model started in South Africa but was replicated to meet the growing needs of vulnerable communities across Africa. Currently in eight countries, the Hands at Work model has developed and matured as it has spread and yet maintained the same heart and vision.
Going to the most vulnerable
Hands at Work is striving to reach the most vulnerable children in communities across Africa where HIV/AIDS, orphans and poverty are at overwhelming levels and support structures are very low. Institutional models of care are overwhelmed and unable to respond to the need, while communities need to be mobilized and equipped to respond.
Jaos and Luisa were sleeping on a tarp beneath a tree when they were found by care workers in their village. Their mother had died the year previous and their father, disabled in an accident, couldn’t earn income. Hungry and shivering in the cold, the children were incredibly vulnerable when the care workers intervened.
The PANDEMIC: AIDS is the greatest orphan-maker of our time: An estimated 15 million orphans live in sub-Saharah Africa.
The extreme impact of AIDS is wide-ranging: Life expectancies are below 40 years in some African countries. The pandemic is wiping out development gains, fuelling the spread of other diseases, and even threatening to undermine national security in highly-affected societies.
With the concern and urgency of a parent, local care workers volunteer their time to find and care for those most in need. Through regular home visits, care workers ensure that these vulnerable children remain in homes within their community and have access to basic health care, food and education.
Adao knows the struggles that vulnerable children face: he was once one of them. Now in his role as a care worker he gives his time and his heart to finding and caring for the poor and the orphaned in his community.
Stirring up local communities
We identify local Christian leaders within vulnerable communities who are already demonstrating a passion to serve the poor and care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We support those leaders in organising local volunteers to serve those in need in their community and begin a long-term relationship to increase the community’s capacity to provide care in an effective and holistic manner.
Levy spends his days breaking new ground: travelling to overwhelmed villages in countries like Malawi, the poorest country in the world, to mobilise local leaders and train them to care for the poor.