East Africa

Supporting local leaders and community transformation

Equipping local leaders to solve community issues

We take a holistic approach to our work in the Horn of Africa. Many of the men, women, and children we work with have experienced poverty and/or displacement. We join with community leaders to address spiritual, social, and physical needs through initiatives focused on job training, leadership development, and income-generating projects. You can learn more about our outreach initiatives below. 

Focus Areas

Supporting Leaders

We mobilize local leaders for service to others in their communities, knowing that they understand the language, culture, strengths, and challenges of their neighbors. Our strong network of male and female leaders work with individuals and people groups impacted by issues such as poverty, gender inequality, displacement, and religious persecution. To support our leaders in East Africa, our US staff conducts leadership development sessions on varied topics and hosts annual training conferences. We also provide resources and materials translated into the languages of our leaders to further equip them. To help our leaders communicate and plan, we provide them with tools such as computers, software, and phones - items that can be difficult to secure locally.

Community Development Initiatives

We see the ravaging effects of poverty in the lives of people we work with in East Africa. Hunger, health problems, inadequate housing, and limited income opportunities can cause chronic stress and community instability. To combat poverty, we work with local leaders to develop income-generating projects that help families and communities utilize their own resources and abilities. You can learn more about one of these projects, our Nala sewing business, on the Nala page. 

Equality in Leadership

We believe both women and men can be transformational spiritual and community leaders. As we work in traditionally patriarchal communities, we seek to foster equality in our churches and projects by having both men and women represented as leaders.