As the number of orphans receiving assistance in Tanzania continued to grow, the financial requirements increased as well. In 2004, the Sikonge Committee of Central Moravian Church asked the Board of World Mission to sponsor a new concept called “Adopt-a-Village.” It was formulated with two goals. The first was to help fund the expansion of orphan care; the second was to provide an opportunity for churches in North America to form a relationship with a village in Western Tanzania.
For a pledge of $1,000 (U.S.) a year for three years, a church, organization, or individual, would be given the opportunity to partner with one of the participating villages or parishes. They would receive a map locating their village and pictures of the “Mamas” and some of the children for whom they care.
The program was launched in January 2006 with an article in the Moravian. The response was overwhelming: 44 churches, church groups and individuals participated, supplying 45% of orphan support in 2008. Each village has been adopted by at least one sponsor. Several churches have adopted two villages and many are renewing their commitment. As 2009 began, the entire orphan program included 34 villages and 5 parishes where 30 Moravian “Mamas” were assisting nearly 4,000 orphans.
If you are interested in the Adopt-A-Village program, please contact Bill Hoffman.