RThe HOPE Center is a holistic approach to empowering orphans, underprivileged kids, vulnerable youth, and village pastors. It is located on two acre property in Mt. Barclay, Liberia.
SERVE Africa is seeking partnership with God-loving persons, who are driven by passion for the suffering, to help transform and improve the lives of children living in poverty in Liberia. The forth-going is a description of our current and most prominent initiative, the Hope Center Project.
BACKGROUND Of three West African countries hit by Ebola in 2015, Liberia was the worst affected with at least 5,000 recorded deaths. In September 2014, UNICEF reported that nearly 4,000 children have lost both parents. The report also revealed that thousands of children would continue to live under devastating circumstances due to the loss of their parents. Addressing this need has been a matter of dire concern to many, including SERVE Africa. In 2015, SERVE Africa launched an outreach which has been helping to partially restore the lives of 50 kids victimized by Ebola.
However, in an effort to improve and increase the quality of services being provided to these orphans, SERVE Africa has embarked on building a HOPE Center (residential facilities).
GOAL The Center will improve life quality for orphans and underprivileged youths through providing access to family, education, spiritual support and healthcare.
COMPOSITION OF THE CENTER - Residential Buildings - Vocational High School - Clinic - Worship Center
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Specifically, the Center will provide the following services:
Home and family support – the center will serve as a home while providing presence, care, comfort, physical and spiritual support to orphans.
School/Life Skills – formal classroom education and vocational skills will be provided to hundreds of children and youth, both residential based and those from the neighboring communities.
Spiritual Support – a church will be established at the center to enhance spiritual development.
Healthcare - a clinic will be built to serve residents, students and deserving neighbors.
Short-term Pastor's Training - the center will provide accommodation and training facilities for field based church planters and pastors
Mission Teams - the center will provide accommodation for mission teams
TARGET BENEFICIARIES The Hope Center has two primary target beneficiaries:
Orphans – these are kids who have lost their parents due to Ebola and other unavoidable life situations.
Underserved and underprivileged children and youth from the communities – these are children who are partial orphans (one parent) or whose parents are subjected to abject poverty due to lack of livelihood, illness, oversized family, amongst other causes.
Village Pastors - these are uneducated pastors. Our goal is provide opportunity to learn and become effective in ministries.
BENEFITS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES The Hope Center is not a project that will be measured by time. This is because once it is established, it will persist in impacting lives through providing shelter, education, life skills, and spiritual development. With that, the following outcomes will be associated with the Center: - Fifty orphans will regain their lost lives and will have a home, a family and will develop a sense of belonging and self-value. - At least 500 deserving children and youth will receive education at free and subsidized costs annually. - Hundreds of children will, routinely at age 20, smoothly transition into independent life and become godly citizens and productive assets to the society.