Fingerprints Across Africa Touching Lives & Building Futures
Due to poverty, lack of education, no job skills, and prevalence of diseases including tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, the widows and orphans in Africa are often very vulnerable to abuse, neglect, malnutrition, trafficking, and for girls as young as age 9 being sold as child brides. Fingerprints Across Africa is committed to partnering with local initiatives and churches in holistically meeting these needs by providing the needed training, skills development, and education along with spiritual care for widows and orphans to develop self-sustainable micro-enterprises in which they can provide hope and a future for themselves. Sustainable initiatives include drop in day care centers for orphaned preschoolers, skills training for teen orphans and widows, and orphan family homes for high risk vulnerable orphans. Furthermore, we provide empowerment training in micro-enterprises and using the Village Savings and Loan concepts. Check out the Projects page for more information, and join us in making a lasting impression on the lives we touch!
"Once someone touches your heart, the fingerprints last forever."
Current Project Rehabilitating Street Kids with Onesimus Homes
Onesimus Home During Early Construction
Onesimus Nearing Completion
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.
Street kids, as young as preschoolers, sleep in abandoned buildings, shacks made from cardboard or corrugated tin, use cardboard for blankets, or sleep in front of stores at night.
Children survive by begging, digging through garbage, or stealing.
Older boys & minibus drivers often beat up & steal the meager resources from the younger children.
Survival tactics for money or food include - Rape - Prostitution - Sexual bartering
Newcomers to streets are often forced into sex as a tool to secure their protection from an “older” street teen or security guards.
Results in many children & teens developing STI’s (highest risk group for HIV/AIDS).
Many become addicted to sniffing glue or chewing chamba (marijuana) to try and numb the pain.
#Let Girls Be Girls . . . not wives or mothers. For the girls, life is even worse. Girls are often being forced into being child brides:
50% are married before age of 18, some as young as 9 yrs old.
26% are mothers.
Girls are at high risk of being trafficked out of country to S. Africa, Europe, and Asia.
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 for 18 months and up 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 – CURRENT NEED! To finish the 1st home for street girls. Onesimus currently has 2 homes for boys. The girl’s home is 75% complete, and it only needs $5,000 to finish this home!
Step 3 – Project for 2017 – Build a water bottling facility that will provide a long term income-generating activity for sustainability of whole project.