At HANDS (Hope for All Nations Developments and Sustainability), we recognize the impact of unfair living circumstances which results in extreme poverty in African societies suppressed by war, conflicts and governments ruling with self-indulgence and greed as their priority. Vast groups of people are unable to access opportunities to improve the quality of their lives and are forced to spend their day void of proper nutrition, education or necessary health care. Through HANDS we are reaching out and lending a “HAND”, directly in the place where it is needed so hope returns to those whose days seem hopeless and to develop opportunities in these societies so that more people can sustain a normal life and recognize the joy Christ shows us when he takes our hands and leads the way.
Through firsthand knowledge of the poverty that exists in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in South Kivu in particular HANDS reaches out to those most vulnerable and following Christ’s example offers to take away their hopelessness through education and a chance to develop a healthy sustainable society.
We are a group of people who believe that Christ tells us to help those most vulnerable and in this case the poorest children of my home town in Bukavu and in particular the villages surrounding this town, in the Democratic Republic of Congo we have decided to help those who are most in need of a chance to develop a future for themselves; the children.
Jesus Christ said to His disciples; “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Based on these Christian values it is our purpose to offer opportunities through education to those who otherwise would not have access to basic social and spiritual development so that better foundations for strong societies and mutual respect and exploitation of God’s gifts can flourish.
Hands is a nonprofit organization which started in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa by building a school for young children. The building development took place during 2014 and 2015 and the first day of classes was on September 5, 2016. At this moment 120 children, ranging from grade 1 to grade 5, receive formal education, children who otherwise would not even come close to this opportunity.
To become a self-sustaining school project we plan to set up a pig farm near the school with proceeds going towards staff salaries, maintenance costs and cost of education in general.
We know we matter to those we reach out to because this school project has gone through its initial development stages and the teaching classes have been running for one year (started September 5, 2016). There are many children who want to join the classes, who are waiting to be part of the group.
Ultimately we do not want to limit this opportunity to children, but also reach out to adults, who never had a chance to be educated. By doing this we will give them an opportunity for a better future.