About Faith to Action Initiative
Our message is one of hope and action.
Christians have a deep commitment to serving the poor, the sick and the vulnerable. Throughout Africa, churches and communities are rising to the challenge at their doorsteps and responding to the needs of children and families made vulnerable by poverty and HIV/AIDS. Across the United States, churches are responding to the call to minister to the orphan, especially in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Faith to Action Initiative provides best practice resources for your church or organization.
The family is the most important source of love, a sense of belonging, material sustenance, and spiritual guidance in a child's life.
Faith to Action Initiative strives to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children are provided and cared for within families, where children grow best. Investing in church ministries and community-based programs that support the needs of families caring for orphans reduces the number of children who are left without care or are placed in orphanages.
What You Can Do
Our message to churches and faith-based groups in the United States is that there are many ways to learn about and make a lasting difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.
For example you can:
- Raise awareness in your church, school or community about HIV/AIDS and the orphan crisis
- Start a prayer ministry and open your heart to where that may lead
- Raise money and make informed charitable donations (see resources section)
- Join an advocacy campaign (see resources section)
- Take a vision trip to Africa for education and relationship building
- Learn about an African church supporting orphans and partner with them
- Work through an intermediary organization to provide ongoing support
- Volunteer directly with the families and communities supporting orphans and vulnerable children (building daycare centers, planting gardens, volunteering your expertise in health care or education, etc.)