One of biggest social problems facing urbanizing Africa are the street kids. 80% are orphans. Some are runaways, and others have been abandoned. Sadly, all have a history of abuse. Numbers living on the streets are rapidly increasing due to poverty, disease, and famine.
Their lives are hopeless ~ no hope for safety, education, or a bright future. Accepted belief is if a child is not taken off the streets within 2 weeks, that child will never leave, but this does not take into account what God can do. Sunshine Ministies with Onesimus Homes is working with these disenfranchised, scarred, and abused children. Named after Biblical Onesimus, a runaway slave who was sent back restored, volunteers work with these children first on the streets building trust and relationships. Then, if the child is willing, he or she will be brought to live at Onesimus Homes. Here the child or teen will live in a home with up to 9 others, have godly house parents, go to school, learn a vocational trade, and be restored to a whole, healthy life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Step 1 – To provide for an electrical transformer at the Onesimus Homes. This transformer provides electricity for the homes, for the water to be pumped from the well, for the medical clinic, and for the community. Completed 2016. Step 2 – To finish the 1st home for street girls. Onesimus currently has 2 homes for boys. All the funds have been raised to finish this home. In process of completion. Funds have been sent and finishing construction is underway. Step 3 – URGENT NEED! Time is running out to complete this project. We still need to build a class room facility and provide tools for vocational skills training such as welding. Street kids do not have any education when they first come off the streets. They have to be taught basic skills such as their A,B,C's and how to write their name before they can transition into a regular school. We need $12,000 to complete this project.