The obstacles faced by many children in East Africa are hard to imagine. We participate in their lives through advocacy, support, and prayer, but the hands-on work within the children’s daily lives is not done by us. The local East African staff at each of our partner locations live sacrificially in order to provide holistic care for these kids. Although the Lahash Child Sponsorship Program is active in each location, our approach to partnership is not one-size-fits-all. Every location has its own specific mission, which means our partnership with each of these ministries is unique as well.
Tanzania has the highest rate of albinism in the world. Children born with albinism not only suffer the physical effects of extreme sensitivity to the sun and poor vision, but often experience social stigma, abuse, and violence as well. Living with albinism herself, Sister Martha established Albino Peacemakers to provide needed advocacy, care, safety, and hope for people like her in the surrounding community and beyond.
The rural region of Shinyanga, in northern Tanzania, is known for extreme poverty, food shortages, and lack of access to education. Path Of Hope is a church-based ministry serving children affected by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Many of the children here have never heard the gospel and have never been to school. Lahash and Path Of Hope are working hard to change that, one family at a time.