Recently we were posed three questions that appeared in an overseas article regarding development work . Below we would like to take the opportunity to answer them in relation to Development Accord's work.
Children are referred to CIF through orphanages, government and non-government agencies or concerned citizens, and many have disabilities, which poses a range of challenges for placement due to Cambodian culture and religious beliefs. But through perseverance and an amazingly talented, committed and highly-qualified team, CIF has seen astounding breakthroughs as whole communities are embracing children in need through family-based care. I can't describe the blessing it was to meet these people, and the precious children who are positively thriving, being loved and cared for by their new (and not-so-new) families and the community that has enmeshed itself around them.
This Christmas, why not conisder giving your friends and family a DevA Gift Certificate?
It's a great way to get them connected to the work we are supporting in our partner communities in Cambodia and Zambia. They'll also get their own login and password, so they can jump online and track the progress of the donation you've made on their behalf. What better way to get people excited about the DevA concept of sustainable giving, than to let them see it first-hand!
Your Gift Certificate recipient will receive an email containing a DevA Christmas newsletter and their Gift Certificate along with details about how to log in with their username and password.
As always, it's great to be taking the DevA journey with you!
DevA looks forward to being able to continue to support Mt Horeb through ongoing appeals to complete the church building, which they plan to use not only for services, but also as a community hub as a place for women to undertake cottage industry and as an emergency shelter.
Mt Horeb is also runs a youth club which they are hoping to equip with tools of trade for carpentry, joining and bricklaying. Pastor Jonah says, "Our youths, when they finish grad 7 and 9 are just roaming about without work. This causes poverty, there is no other work... If we have these tools it can help train our youth and it can help the community who are facing difficulties."
Launch Celebrates Development Accord Success
On 20th of October, Development Accord celebrated its official launch at the Wynnum-Manly Leagues Club. Almost 100 guests dressed for the jazz theme of the night as we enjoyed a 4 piece band and a 3 course meal. The celebration proved a chance to meet and greet those in our local community both interested in and committed to supporting our work.
The story so far: Institutional and orphanage-based care
It is often easy to be overwhelmed with numbers, statistics and the sheer size of the need when we think of orphaned children in t he developing w orld. In vast areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, the devastation caused by AIDS, malaria and malnutrition is unmistakable - in some areas I've visited it feels as tho ugh an entire generation has lost its mothers and fathers. The most common response of local communities and outside partners is institutional care. It's the known model and often logically seems the only viable option to meet such massive need. It's certainly the case that many orphanages have created an excellent environment to p rotect and help vulnerable children, staffed by people with big hearts and a real yearning to see healing in their communities. I've met people and visited projects that fit this description and will continue to support them in their efforts. However, if we are to ask ourselves the question, "Where is the best place for a child to grow up?", I believe the answer will always be with a loving family.
For all Development Accord Supporters who are interested in attending a detailed presentation on our vision and strategy as part of sustainable development, please see the invite below. Also on the night, Development Accord team member Susan Clarke will be presenting about sustainable health care in the light of her upcoming move to India to take up a position as Chief Medical Officer at a hospital in Assam.
Details: Thursday 17th February 7 - 9pm, SU Qld Auditorium, Level 1, 126 Barry Pde, Fortitude Valley Brisbane.
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