Protecting the vulnerable by equipping the local church
We exist to develop and equip the local church and its leaders to be the response to poverty and injustice. Programs are our tools, the local church is our platform and hope in Christ is our message.
312 N Alma School Rd, Suite 17
Chandler, AZ 85224 USA
South Africa, Zambia
Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)
Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)
Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)
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Due to historical poverty compounded by the AIDS pandemic, children in rural African villages are very vulnerable. Orchard: Africa addresses this vulnerability by equipping local village churches to respond to poverty and injustice in their community through four Programs - Food & Agriculture, Education, Care, Ministry.
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Food & Agriculture
Providing food and water to children helps reduce illiteracy, sex trafficking, and abuse. These projects include vertical farming initiatives to bring sustainable food security to the villages. The primary need in a community is food security. Without food, people can't think beyond their own survival. We change this through not only providing meals, but also educating communities on how to grow their own food. Local churches are trained to run a daily feeding program. This provides a job for a cook, income for the pastor, and a cooked lunchtime meal for children. The Food & Agriculture program also works in conjunction with the church preschools to provide breakfast for the preschoolers every day. Nearly 10 million meals have been served to children as a result. In partnership with Earth University, we are teaching Churches and communities the skill of growing fruits and vegetables in their own home in old pairs of jeans, plastic bottles, and bags. These innovative vertical farming initiatives allow families to not only grow food for themselves, but also have enough food to sell to provide for their other needs.
Church leaders are empowered to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, youth, and adults. Trauma counseling, life skills, AIDS prevention, orphan intervention, and even hospice care is provided by the local church. A church pastor identifies orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities and walks them through a 10 day intervention program to help them cope with loss and grief. These pastors also support foster parents. The local church engages members of its community and trains both men and women to be caregivers. These heroic caregivers visit residents in their homes and provide basic medical and hospice care for them. Together, over 200,000 home care visits have taken place. Church leaders are trained to provide AIDS prevention programs to local high schools. HIV/AIDS infection is not inevitable – it can be prevented.
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
All education projects are established through the Church to encourage a love for learning from a very young age. As the children grow, they transition from church preschools to Church-hosted After School Learning Centers to develop vocational life skills. Preschools are started in local churches, providing jobs for teachers and encouraging a love for learning from a very young age. Nearly 6,000 children have gone through our church-run preschools.This would not be possible without incredible partners like yourself. Children from the local primary schools not only receive assistance from church staff with homework, but also have a safe place where studying, reading and learning is encouraged. The church facilitates life skills, vocational skills, sports, and music. This gives young adults the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to learn and be a productive member of the community. All education programs are run by the local church. When a local church steps up to protect the vulnerable through providing education and essential life and vocational skills, poverty and injustice shrink. The projects of the Education program would not be a reality without support from people like yourself. Thank you for making an impact!
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
K-12 (5-19 years)
To truly protect the vulnerable and implement sustainable solutions in communities, the local church has to be on board. The Ministry Program focuses on training, mentoring, and equipping local African pastors and their churches to respond to the immediate needs of their own community. The Orchard: Network is something church leaders and pastors who want to change their community can join to receive training and mentorships. Members can take part in meetings in Cape Town, Zambia, or Mafikeng. Nearly 600 pastors have been trained in ministry and leadership. Network members attend specific project training based on their village needs. Our goal is to educate, inspire, and challenge leaders to look out for the vulnerable in their communities by responding to poverty and injustice. Trained project members apply for funding to implement proven and sustainable programs and projects. Orchard: Africa assesses project plans, overall church support, and leadership potential before approval. We plant model churches - called Fountain of Hope churches - in key areas to serve as a guide and model to others. Every program that is run is first tested in a Fountain of Hope church to ensure that it is effective and sustainable. Mentoring, training, Orchard: Network meetings, and project training is run by Fountain of Hope churches.
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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Number of adults with a source of ongoing care
Each month our pastors report how many home visits have been made in their villages.
Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs
Each month our pastors report how many students received HIV/AIDS Prevention training.
Number of meals provided
Each month pastors must report to us how many children received food from the feeding program and how many days per week it was available.
Number of children enrolled in pre-school
Each month our pastors report how many children attended the preschools in their village.
Total amount of donations received
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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
How will they know if they are making progress?
What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
Our mission is to see churches in Southern Africa respond to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of their own communities. Over and over again we are astounded at the quality of the pastors and church leaders already in place in the most remote villages and areas we serve. Men and women who exemplify calling, passion and care. We do not believe the problem is human capital.
Our goals for 2018 include:
· Provide 400,000 meals to orphaned and vulnerable children
· To provide orphan intervention to 1,200 children
· To provide training in agriculture to 600 people
· To provide preschool curriculum and support that will educate 150 children
· To train, equip and mentor 630 church leaders
Our focus is on four programs that are implemented through community churches. Each program is designed to be handed over to a church member or pastor to run and sustain and if this cannot happen, we don't implement the program. We provide ongoing program training, development and funding to help churches succeed. Our hope is that individuals in a community do not know who we are. Instead a community looks to the local church and the ministry they are providing. Programs are our tools, the local church is our platform and hope in Christ is our message. Our four programs are care, education, agriculture, and ministry.
For our ministry program we have developed a church Leader network that provides grassroots level partnership, mentorship and funding.
The purpose of the Leader Network is to:
-Build and strengthen relationships around a common goal.
-Provide training and mentorship.
-Provide a forum for church leaders to inspire and support one another.
Included in the training are these 12 modules:
-The Biblical Mandate for Social Involvement
-Poverty & AIDS - The big picture
-Setting up & registering a Non Profit Organization
-Basic Financial Management
-Feeding Project Implementation
-Orphan Intervention Project Implementation
-AIDS Prevention Project Implementation
-Monitoring, Evaluating & Reporting
-Management & Organization
-Job Descriptions & Delegation
-Working with Funders
After training is complete we fund church leaders to run village projects for our other three programs; care, education, and agriculture. These projects include:
-Educating local youth about HIV/AIDs.
-Providing simple materials that can explain STDs in local context.
-Identifying vulnerable and orphaned children who have lost a parent to AIDS.
-Providing equipment and funding to church leaders to run feeding projects and provide meals from a local church.
-Providing after school learning
-Running a church pre-school to encourage early childhood education.
-Developing and maintaining sustainable agriculture initiatives such as vertical farming and community gardens.
Orchard: Africa identifies active leaders in communities who have the capability to do more with resources and partnership.
We identify the main project needs in an area and then fund and train leaders to meet these needs.
We fundraise for these needs by communicating the project and leader need to potential donors.
We connect these donors through our organization to to the needs.
We have found that the capabilities of church leaders are improved when provided a forum, funding and follow through.
Funded network church leaders are required to submit monthly reports to a local regional pastor which is then communicated to our office for review and approval.
-Child attendance for meals, weight, mood and needs.
-Home visits and family impacts
-Attendance at HIV/AIDS presentations
-Church and pastoral impact in the community
-Additional funding from outside donors
-Impact in neighboring areas/communities
Funding is distributed quarterly if projects meet reporting criteria and then reports are sent to donors.
9.4 million meals served
623 Pastors Trained through our Network
71,051 Orphans have received care and support
260,892 Youth have been educated on HIV/AIDs
45 current church projects receiving funding
8,099 Families served
6,620 Students completed and enrolled in preschool
478 Individuals trained in Vertical Farming
9 Active Community Gardens
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 4/10/2018
Reverend Michael Tessendorf
Term: 2005 -
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