Child Care :: This is at the heart of CHaRA and why we exist. CHaRA sponsors children in need in many ways: orphans and at risk children receive school fees and uniforms or are sent to boarding schools, health care, surgery and other relief needs are met by CHaRA donors. We started by sponsoring 5 orphans to boarding school, they will all soon graduate. Luhende was the first child God placed in our care for medical help; he was abandoned by his parents. Aisha came to the first clinic that we helped facilitate, when she arrived in her Grandmothers arms she was dying. We were able to pray for her and take her to the local hospital for life-saving treatment. Both of these children are in school with CHaRA’s support. As God brings children in need to our attention we respond, most times by pure faith that the needs can be met. We are currently working on a feeding program for the hundreds of school children going to school without eating, these kids may get one meal per day just before sleep.
Living Hope Project :: This began with the request for one wheelchair for a child to be brought in our container in 2010. We were not sure if we would be able to locate a wheelchair but by the time of the shipment, the request had turned into 12 and the need was met. Soon we met an organization called P.E.T. International (Personal Energy Transportation) and they now provide carts for those with upper body strength. People living with disabilities face many challenges, especially in a third world country. Many of these people are kept inside without therapy or medical help. Families are not able to carry the person outside or know what else they can do but let them lie on the ground or in a bed. Each family story is different, but each family is filled with joy as we lift their loved one off the ground into a wheelchair or P.E.T. cart. CHaRA has been able to help the therapy departments of all three Zanzibar Islands. We have been able to provide surgery and support for many families. This project fills our hearts with compassion and joy.
Container Shipping :: I have two friends, both with a dream they shared with me about sending equipment and supplies to people in need. They were thinking suitcase size on a plane when you travel. Then, I had a doctor in Zanzibar ask if I could get him a piece of equipment that was desperately needed at the hospital. Together we found that piece of equipment, a 20’ used container, a great church called Evangel gave us warehouse space. I thought it would be impossible to fill up that first container. It took 6 months to gather enough goods to send. Next hurdle; how do you ship a container to Africa? That all took place in 2008 and since we have shipped a 40’ container filled with life- saving medical equipment, oxygen concentrators, incubators, hospital beds, mattress’ wheelchairs, P.E.T. carts, and a host of other supplies every year. Plus two containers of shoes in 2013. As we fill up a container to ship, I always tell my friend at the warehouse, “this is the last one”, but each time the warehouse is filled again with donated items to ship. This project is the miracle of giving and receiving in action. We keep giving and the warehouse keeps filling up so that we can give again.