Community Development

Family Stabilization 2024

$16,500 goal
$956 raised
11 donors
$15,544 to go

Family Stabilization

Background: We have been partnering with MINE, an NGO working through family stabilization programs in and around the capital city of Libreville, Gabon, for a few years now. We continue to be encouraged by the successful programs the team creates and the detailed reporting, stories, photos, and testimonies we receive. The program has a volunteer team led by Pastor Herman Itoumba that includes psychologists, social workers, medical professionals, and general volunteers to achieve success through these programs. They also bring approximately 10-20% of their own funding to each program. It has been an excellent model of partnership for us. The team serves families in poor areas and villages around the city to support the care of children. Each year, the team provides:

  • Medical clinicscheck
  • Child visits with psychologists to assess abuse or neglectcheck
  • Summer and Bible campscheck
  • Education for parents about how to care best for their childrencheck
  • Backpack and school supply drives at the beginning of the school yearscheck
  • Food bank for the most vulnerable familiescheck
  • Recreation days and Christmas celebrationcheck

Current: MINE focuses on an area outside of Libreville with a large concentration of unstable families at risk for child maltreatment. The ministry of MINE is not only to the children, but also to the parents and grandparents who care for the children. Providing tools and resources to help bring stabilization to the family units helps prevent more children from becoming orphans as well as improving their family relations.

The team is passionate about protecting children and sharing the Gospel with all family members at each event. They continue to provide education and services for families to help them support their children. They provide holistic care to each person's needs so that real, lasting change can occur. The team will identify spiritual, psychological, medical, nutritional, and school concerns throughout the events and provide continued intervention.

Overview of the Activities that Make Up this Program

“Child maltreatment is the abuse and neglect that occurs to children under 18 years of age. It includes all types of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence, and commercial or other exploitation, which results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development, or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.” - Africa Health Organisation

  • Food bank to alleviate food scarcity caused by stricter environmental protections and inflation ($7,858)check
  • School of Disciples for all children in villages with high poverty ($2,480)check
  • Free medical clinic/psychologist visits, malaria prevention ($4,980)check
  • Summer Bible School ($1,665)check
  • Two-week summer camps ($3,307)check
  • School supplies, clothes, and food for vulnerable children, scholarships for children with the highest need for assistance ($4,960)check
  • Christmas recreational fun day, education and awareness provided for parents, gifts for children ($1,600)check

Cost: $16,500 to fund the 2024 program year. We started the year with approximately $10,000 in our family stabilization account, so we must raise $16,500 more by the summer/fall of 2024.

Results To Date

817
children received school supplies

825
received mental health care

512
received medical care

452
commitments to Christ

The video below was produced by MINE (Ministere de L’évangélisation et de l’enseignement des enfants - Ministry of Evangelism and Children’s Education). It captures one program from the annual plan we support through this cause. This backpack and school supply distribution was held at a church that was just built the year before from the team's presence in a village steeped in animism and ancestor worship before the team started serving there. Now, there is a Christian community worshipping Jesus and sharing His love through meeting the physical needs of the community.

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