When our company was asked to assist Hands at Work Africa by implementing our Human Resource Management System for them way back in 2010 I had no idea what they did but after meeting the two founding members and listening to their testimonies of how Hands at Work Africa began and what their Organisation does to help the most vulnerable children in Africa I knew my wife and I had to get involved but wasn’t sure how.
As I was driving back to my office after our initial meeting with George and Carolyn my heart was torn in two thinking about all the children in Africa who have lost their parents due to AIDS and are now destitute and vulnerable.
This is where Hands at Work comes in, as they strive 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.
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.
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: traveling 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.