Single Mothers Empowerment Program
As a REFUGEE on the BUDUBURAM REFUGEE CAMP, life is very hard.
War has adverse effects on everyone, but the people who suffer most are the women and children.
We can CHOOSE one or two options. We can give handouts for food, housing and medicine or we can give them micro loans to enable them to do small business on the camp. We have over 50 single mothers who are all part of the Provision of Hope Prayer Group. They gather every single Saturdayto worship and to pray. What a powerful group of women!! Presently we are at No. 15 on the empowerment list. Our goal is to empower each one.
When these mothers can provide for their own needs, it gives them self worth and confidence.
“I feel like I am somebody, with meaning and purpose to my life” “ I can feed my children and that makes me very happy” These women have come alive with HOPE and a FUTURE.
Our Vision is to pray together, to seek the face of the Lord together, then follow His commands.
We will empower women both spiritually and physically enabling them to provide for their own family needs, then go beyond themselves to help the needy in their society.
We were just there in Ghana with these women, and we saw for ourselves what a difference this is making. Many times they go to bed hungry, or their children are sick with no medical help. We also know that handouts are not the solution to their poverty.
MICRO LOANS ARE BETTER THAN HANDOUTS!
If you would like to donate to assist these single mothers through our Single Mothers Empowerment Program,
Contact: Karen Barkman 250-454-9456 or email email@example.com
or go to our Donations Page
May 4, 2010 @ 9:36 am
When I was visiting Liberia in 2005, I was sidetracked and had the opportunity to visit Buduburam for about a week. It was a parallel story to a time when Jesus had a chance to go through Samaria. As I wandered through the camp I came across “the well” and wouldn’t you know it, there happened to be a woman filling her plastic containers. The setting, her behaviour and my response was nothing like we picture Jesus story. (or was it?) The well was at the bottom of a slope so all the sewer water from the camp flooded the area with mud and stink. Pigs, dogs and kids played in this. The woman was suspicious and antagonistic towards me. When I invited her to the church I would be speaking at on Sunday, I could see that was probably the last thing in the world she would do. I was actually afraid of her. I left very sheepishly. Of course I looked for her on Sunday but I never saw her again. However, over the years I have had the chance to ponder numerous times this meeting at the well. I look now and wonder about the women of Buduburam. I see their hurt, their pride, their need for hope. I pray that they can meet Jesus at the well and follow. Programs of this sort are a God Send. Thank you for giving them life with “HOPE and a FUTURE”. Bob
May 4, 2010 @ 10:56 am
Bob, what you wrote is very touching! SO TRUE! It’s my prayer that we can offer each of these dear women, a drink from that well … where they can find LIVING WATER … to satisfy the longing DEEP INSIDE!
To let them know they are not the forgotten ones, they too are precious treasures.
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