Orthodox Africa is committed to helping Orthodox Christian missions in Africa. We seek to assist in serving the vulnerable members of the communities where our help has been requested.
Presently, we are working with missions in Kenya, which includes schools and orphanages. Also, Orthodox Africa has recently started working with a church in Uganda. Our list of missions currently includes:
- Annunciation Orthodox Church, Bukasa Island, Uganda (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia).
- St. Tabitha House (Orphanage), Kisumu, Kenya (Patriarchate of Alexandria, Kisumu Diocese).
- St. John Maximovitch Secondary School, South Kinangpop, Kenya (Patriarchate of Alexandria, Nairobi Diocese).
- St. Peter Orthodox Orphanage and School (Patriarchate of Alexandria).
- St. John Chrysostom (Patriarchate of Alexandria)
We look forward to the opportunity to add more missions in the future.
At its inception, Orthodox Africa was concerned with vetting the different missions that wished to be affiliated with Orthodox Africa. Our members have all had an ongoing interest in missions in Africa for years, but, with the onslaught of pleas for help, they struggled to determine which missions were legitimate, Orthodox Christian missions, and which pleas were fraudulent.
For this reason, one of the primary goals of Orthodox Africa has been thoroughly vetting each of the missions we serve. Our vetting process of each mission or potential mission must go through our vetting process to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors. For Orthodox Africa, this means that all:
- Financial records and transactions are transparent, shared with the board members of both countries.
- Missions are vetted with the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the area in which they are located.
- Before they are included in our campaigns; a United States board of directors member must personally spend time with the mission in whichever country it is located.
- If there is any doubt about the legitimacy, transparency, or canonical status of the missions, they will not be included.
- If after inclusion, there is any question of the legitimacy or transparency of the missions, we will work with the missions on an action plan to resolve any issues to maintain inclusion. If the action plan is not maintained, the mission will be removed from our network of affiliated missions.
- No member of Orthodox Africa will publicly recommend funding any mission that has been removed from our network of affiliated missions without risking suspension or expulsion from the organization.
- We will never ask you to donate to anyone that we would not donate to ourselves.