Never before has the path from childhood to adulthood been so precarious in Africa. On a continent where 14.2 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, and where a per capita income of less than $5 per day is the average, life is challenging.1
With peer pressure at an all-time high, youth are faced with difficult decisions about sex, work and money as they endure the hardships of poverty, illiteracy and disease. Navigating this journey well, requires biblical guidance and wisdom, of which there is a serious lack in the lives of teenagers in Africa. As a result, TWR has an initiative called Project J2Y which stands for "Jesus to the Youth." This project introduces young people to the One who can steer them safely into the future, helping them to make wise decisions and live godly lives.
Two of the exciting projects we are currently working on under Project J2Y include, "Grandma's Village" and "The Entrepreneur".
"Grandma's Village" will be broadcast in Kenya. It is a drama series consisting of 52 fifteen-minute episodes covering the key concepts of the "It Takes Courage!" youth curriculum.2 The drama is about a grandmother raising her two grandchildren after their parents die of HIV/AIDS. The family lives in a fictitious rural African village, yet they find themselves in a situation which portrays the actual experiences of families in Kenya. Through the radio programmes Kenyan children are equipped to deal with similar issues in their everyday lives, while being presented with Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life.
"The Entrepreneur" is a programme series designed to educate young people about starting their own businesses to escape the grip of poverty on the African continent. It consists of twenty-six 30-minute programmes, airing once per week covering topics related to business development, such as: develop a business idea, write a business plan, finance and start-up costs, marketing your business, and most importantly - Christ-centred business ethics. Also, an entrepreneurship workshop at a local Church will be offered once a month, to disciple and teach participants.
Through both these programmes, our passion is to see young people lifted out of poverty, make it through hardship, and ultimately grow up into people who truly know God, are growing in God and are living for God's glory.
Please prayerfully consider a donation of R100 or more to Project J2Y and you can be a part of providing the youth of Africa with a biblical roadmap into the future.
1. Operation World 7th ed.
Published: 29 January 2011