There are hundreds of distinct languages and cultures within the continent of Africa, yet many of the issues facing rural communities there are similar:
• Too many die of preventable diseases and conditions. Access to medical care is limited.
• Food insecurity, whether due to drought, civil war or land access, leads to widespread malnutrition and starvation.
• Too few have access to potable water.
• Education, especially for girls, is expensive and difficult to access.
• A history of colonialism has resulted in problems with power, corruption and governance.
This is the context in which members of the Africa Network develop relational partnerships and accompany partners in their efforts to find sustainable solutions. Sharing and learning from one another, they identify ways to live into their baptismal covenant, like showing respect by learning some of the language of their partner community. Reflecting and sharing stories also helps members discover the gifts of their partners. Many members are leaders of their congregational mission team, which can be isolating and difficult work; they get support from others with experience, developing best practices so that they can plan their next steps. Some are working closely with an Anglican diocese in Africa, trying to be the seeds of reconciliation between the different parts of the Anglican Communion.
The following congregations maintain relationships in Africa. These partnerships have led to partner-initiated projects focused not only on building relationships and sharing faith, but also on supporting and improving access to education, medical care and clean water. Each entry represents a distinct grant, with collaborative partners from the Diocese of Massachusetts listed below the lead grant recipient.
|Parish of the Messiah, Auburndale||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa||Winterton and Kethani Townships|
|Trinity Church, Boston, St. Stephen's Church, Boston||Nairobi, Kenya||Tatua-Be the Change Kenya|
|All Saints Parish, Brookline, Trinity Church, Melrose||Tanga, Tanzania||Diocese of Tanga, Holy Cross-Magila, St. Frank Weston-Bungu|
|St. Christopher's Church, Chatham||Goll Farm, Liberia||Keenan Institute, Rev. Prince Wreh|
|Trinity Church, Concord, St. Peter's Church, Weston||Nyamata, Rwanda||Maranyundo School for Girls|
|St. Luke's Church, Fall River||Hamisi, Kenya||Crossroad Springs|
|Christ Church, Hamilton||South Sudan||World Relief|
|Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham||Cape Town, South Africa||St. Martin's Church|
|Grace Church, North Attleboro||Tanga, Tanzania||St. Francis Xavier, Misufini Leprosy Care Center|
|St. Paul's Church, Natick||Mpwapwa, Tanzania||Diocese of Mpwapwa|
|Christ Church, Plymouth, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dedham, St. Paul's Church, Lynnfield||Standerton, South Africa||Masakane Trust|
|Trinity Church, Marshfield||Cape Town, South Africa||Diocese of False Bay|
|Trinity Church, Melrose||Tanga, Tanzania||Anglican Diocese of Tanga health facilities|
|St. Andrew's Church, Methuen||Nghumbi, Tanzania||Diocese of Mpwapwa|
|St. Mark's Church, Burlington||Nairobi, Kenya||Tatua Kenya|
|Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dedham, Christ Church, Plymouth||Standerton, South Africa||Masakane Trust, Diocese of Highveld|
|St. Andrew's Church, New Bedford, All Saints Parish, Brookline||Magila, Tanzania||Hegongo Holy Cross High School|
For more information, e-mail Laura Walta at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deacon Holly Hartman at email@example.com.