When I see a child whose pants don’t cover thin legs & ankles, whose toes have worn through their shoes, or whose skin is chapped and dry from the cold, my heart aches. My mind turns towards a way to help.
There are many charitable organizations to which a person can donate. A good question to ask is “How much of my donation goes to administrative costs?” It is said less than 25% spent on administrative costs is a good goal.
How much of your dollar donated to St. Barnabas Orphanage & Education Center goes towards providing for the need of a child?
Director, Father Methodius Kariuki, assures his donors that more than 94 percent of every dollar raised fully benefits the child.
94% – Food, clothing, educational resourcess and salaries for caretakers
6% – PayPal & Bank transaction fees
As much as they are able, local community services help with maintenance or construction needs. Their local neighbors help where they can, sharing food stuffs, fuel, wood, etc.
Father Methodios assures every donor, “We do not have any irrelevant costs. We have no hidden agenda. We are Orthodox Christians and are fully Pro-Life.” Transparency and honesty are of utmost importance. This builds trust in our relationship with, not only our donors, but with our caretakers and teachers. It models the Christian virtues for our children.
People ask, “how can we help Father Christopher on Bukasa Island?” The easy answer is to send money so that the great work he started can be completed. But that is not the only way. Do you have skills in building? Carpentry? Icon painting? Anything which can be used to finish the external work of the Annunciation Orthodox Church. Can you volunteer? Set aside a few weeks and after having made contact with Father Christopher, go and visit him. When you stand there in front of the temple he has been building since 1984, your heart will soften, tears will come to you, and you will pray so deeply.
Hold a fundraiser, show photographs from Orthodox Africa and TearsontheEquator.com. Look at your own luxury and pray that Father and his Holy flock have the basics of life. Everything is needed—especially prayer. Ask yourself what can I sacrifice for my brothers in Africa?
“Father, I don’t know how to build walls,” then Christopher told me in 1984. I answered, “but God knows and He will show you.” In obedience and Faith he began to build walls, and arches, and make blocks out of termite poo—yes termite poo. You can learn more about how you can step out in faith just as Father Christopher did many years ago and yourself become an integral part of the Orthodox Mission in Uganda.
On June 8th, in a whirlwind visit, Fr. Silouan and His Grace Bishop Athanasius visited the students and teachers of the Bishop Athanasius Secondary School of Mugen, located in the Nandi Region of Western Kenya. Teachers and students welcomed His Grace and Father with traditional African songs and dances, communicating their commitment to educating their people. As Julius Kiprotich, seminarian and Teacher shared, “Education is the key to our success.”
The teachers and students were delighted to take His Grace and Father around the school compound and to show them their classrooms, as well as the water tank that was recently gifted to the school by Orthodox Africa and their generous donors. This water tank allows them to collect and store rainwater for domestic use, including drinking water and water for cooking.
This resource allows them to manage when they experience African dry spells.
Later, Father Silouan sat with the students and teachers, encouraging them in their studies and in their faith. Julius Kiprotich, reported that since Father’s visit the school has had an increase in enrollment. When asked what it was that was so inspiring to students, Julius shared, “It’s rare here to see a white person with whiskers.” Perhaps it was his “whiskers” and smile, or maybe it was his inspiring words. However, by the Grace of God, the school is in need of additional classrooms including a science and computer lab, in order to accommodate the increase in students and the educational aspirations of this beautiful community.
Have you ever wondered how you can help the poor and the needy, even when you are so busy with everyday life?
At Orthodox Africa we have answered this question by identifying Orthodox Missions in Africa that are even today serving some of the poorest of the poor people in the world. In July our director, Father Silouan, had the privilege of visiting all of the missions that are now featured on our website. We have independently verified the good work that they are doing, and today we are inviting you to help us help build the Church in Kenya. The donation that you make today will go directly to fulfilling Christ’s command to “clothe the naked, feed the hungry and visit widows”. – Matthew 25:31-46