Community Engagement is...the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people.
In order to win the hearts and minds of the community and express the Love of God we see it as absolutely imperative to first of all ENGAGE the community. We engage community by establishing a number of projects that meet the need in the community. At present we are focusing primarily on children and youth.
TRANSFORMERS KIDS CLUB:
We run a very vibrant Transformers Kids Club program every Saturday with approximately 100 children involved. We employ a full time teacher to run this program. The teacher also moves from school to school-educating children on Biblical Transformational principals.
Our objective is:
To replicate this program in all the surrounding compounds, towns and villages.
SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
Recently we initiated a Sports Development Program catering for ages of 9-18.There is no organized sporting structure in Livingstone that caters for these age groups.
We focus on rugby, football, volleyball and netball. We have approximately 400 children/youth attending our program every Saturday mornings; we are limited to one fairly good community center in the whole of Livingstone. This is a hugely successful project. We are now in the process of raising funds to employ a full time sports/youth director at US$250 per month. The biggest challenge is the lack of decent fields and community centers in the community.
Sport is a catalyst for the economic development of individuals, communities, and nations. It is a powerful tool that we can use to improve the well being of society, to teach important values and life skills including honest endeavor, self confidence, teamwork, communication, inclusion, discipline, respect, and fair play. This can only be done effectively at institutional and community levels when deliberate efforts are made to transfer sport values to normal life in the community.
Review of work accomplished in the space of 13 months.
Initiated “Love Livingstone”, a citywide clean up. This project involved the gathering together of some local Churches and community organizations.
Established a local Church, which has grown to approximately 200 people. (Accomplished)
Renovated a School Hall inside and outside. US$5000
Every week we run a successful teaching program on Community Development. This teaching empowers the locals on how to run their own self-sustainable projects. We employ a full time teacher to facilitate this program.
We initiated micro business programs to kick start small business. Unfortunately this project was unsuccessful. We learnt a lot of valuable lessons and will reassess at a later stage.
We raised funds for a much needed bus to transport our children and youth to their various events. The bus has been a very good investment and put to very good use. Cost of Bus US$15000 (
We have recently secured and renovated offices to manage and run our operations from. This has been a huge step forward for us enabling us to effectively run our operations from. US$3500 (Accomplished)
We provide educational sponsorship to disadvantaged children/youth. Covering the cost of school fees, uniforms and stationery. US$100 for each child. We desire to develop our sponsorship program to reach as many disadvantaged children as we possibly can. (In Progress)
We provide specific training, for Pastors, youth, children’s leaders and business seminars. (In Progress)
Once a week one of our staff members visits the prisons and a carries out a discipleship program. (In Progress