Projects at our Partner Homes

Heart for Africa partners with children’s homes in Swaziland and Kenya.  Together, there are over 400 children living at these homes.  We are excited to see the development of the homes over the past few years.  As they grow, needs continue to develop.  We have four projects that we are working on at this time.  Please consider a donation to help us complete these important projects.

New Hope Center

New Hope Center is located in Swaziland and is home to  children.  We are working to provide septic and hot water in the boy’s dorm and the girl’s dorm.  These amenities will drastically improve the quality of life for the New Hope Center children.

Total Funds Needed: $5,470

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El Shaddai Children’s Home

El Shaddai is located in Swaziland and is home to 70 children.  The private school at El Shaddai provides a quality education for the children living in the home and many other children from the nearby homesteads.  The El Shaddai school was the first completely free school in Swaziland.

El Shaddai has recently completed construction of 3 teachers homes.  Providing housing for the teachers is a great benefit to ensure consistent employment of high quality teachers.  We are currently raising funds to build three more teachers homes.  Each will provide a home for two teachers.

Total Funds Needed: $7,210 per home

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Strong Tower Children’s Home

Located in Kenya, Strong Tower is home to approximately 50 children.  The home recently opened a new dorm which increased capacity from 24 to 70+.  However, the home does not have a proper kitchen.  Each day, the cook prepares three meals outside over an open fire.  We would like to build a proper kitchen for Strong Tower.

Total Funds Needed: $15,200

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Merciful Redeemer Children’s Home

Merciful Redeemer is located in Kenya and is home to approximately 100 children.  Although the home has sufficient space to house the children, the two dorms do not have showers and toilets.  The children bathe each day in buckets in the yard and use toilets in outhouses near the dorms.  The showers and toilets are in place, but need a septic system completed before they can be used.

Total Funds Needed: $6,100

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Ring in the New Year in Africa

2010The New Year holiday is a time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the upcoming year.  It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one.  It’s a time to make resolutions that will, in all likelihood, be broken in the coming weeks.

This year, the team at Heart for Africa is excited to start a new tradition.  We will kick off the new year in Kenya and Swaziland and we hope you will be a part of this new tradition.  We still have space available for both trips.

Kenya
December 26 – January 5

The Kenya group will serve at Tumaini and Strong Tower children’s homes located in the Naivasha area, just northwest of Nairobi.  During the trip, the team will spend time with the children at the homes, work on light construction projects, and garden at the home and in the community.  The trip also includes a one day safari at Lake Nakuru Game Reserve.

The cost of the trip is $3,250 departing from JFK International Airport in New York.  To register, click here and pick the home you where you would like to serve.  You can reserve your spot with a $500 deposit.

Swaziland
December 26 – January 5

The Swaziland team will serve at all three of Heart for Africa’s partner homes.  Like the Kenya team, you will select your preference home in the registration process.  The projects will vary from home to home, but you will certainly spend time in the gardens.  The work may also include construction, working with babies and toddlers, helping prepare meals, and gardening in the communities around the homes.  This trip includes a one day safari at the Hlane Game Reserve.

The cost of the trip is $3,650 departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.  To register, click here and pick the home you where you would like to serve.  You can reserve your spot with a $500 deposit.

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Obeying the Call by Debora Woods

HOW Jewelry Team - July 2009

HOW Jewelry Team - July 2009

As I boarded the first of two flights toward my very first Heart for Africa trip in Kenya, I didn’t quite know what to expect.  I was joining a group of volunteers who had been tasked to help widows and orphaned children in Kenya.  Other than that I was happy to be available and flexible during the trip.  What I was certain of, is that I needed to go on this trip because I was being called to something.  I just wasn’t sure of what that something was.  My presence on the trip was an act of obedience to this calling.  Otherwise, why would I leave the United States on the July 4th weekend, one of my favorite holidays of the year?  Why would I go half way around the world to an unfamiliar place and spend time with people that I had never met?  The answers to these questions would become clearer as the trip unfolded.

When I finally met the other volunteers, I could quickly discern that this group had a love for people outside of their individual spheres of influence.  They had come from all over the United States, each with their own rich stories of how they were led to participate on this trip.   We jumped into the trip with open hearts and flexible spirits. Read the rest of this entry »

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