“Transforming areas of conflict through Christ centred communities.”
2014, Ugandan graduates from Bischop Barham University College expressed their desire to partner with their fellows from South Sudan and DRC. They had a vision to strengthen the church in promoting education and peace there … dreams came to life and Network East Africa was born.
We are convinced we can only overcome challenges by putting creative ideas together. We strengthen local initiatives to be a blessing for the community.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, his culture or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can also be taught to love!”
For about 25 years, South Sudan fought for independence. During this time, a generation grew up who learned to resolve conflicts with arms. In 2011, the country got its independence and the vast majority longed for peace. However, conflicts between clans and tribes do not simply change by signing peace agreements.
A quite similar situation do people face in the east of DRC. Since colonialism the area suffers from looting, displacement and violence. Yet, peace is fundamental to overcome famine, promote education and for any sustainable development.
In order to bring peace to the grassroots, healing of inner wounds, striving for justice in love and safety are needed. Those factors again open a possibility for the process of forgiveness. Network East Africa is committed with friends and local partners …
“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”
Empowering churches to send professionals
Network East Africa supports African churches and church organisations to send their own missionaries.
For churches who are interested in sending missionaries, we offer training, give guidance for the mission field and offer a network of contacts.
Missionaries are supported by their own churches, work according to their qualifications and partner with local churches (e.g. as lecturers, priests, health workers) …
Volunteer with your profession
Network East Africa connects professionals from different countries who volunteer with local staff and churches in areas of crisis.
The focus is to learn from each other, exchange experience, build relationship … and support local communities to intransform challenges.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
(village school started by the church)
In the north west of South Sudan and east of DRC, children and youth from rural areas have few possibilities of formal education and vocational training. Without hope of feeding themselve, they easily join armed groups.
By doing this, they feed on the little resources from local communities and prolong the conflicts. In order to break this circle the Church simply started local schools for youth. There, church workers and volunteers teach basic knowledge about reading, writing and mathematics.
This also opens a possibility to guide the young generation on Christian values of integrity and peace building.
Transformation through education
To strengthen this movement, Network East Africa offers training and scholarships for teachers to increase local schools and set up vocational training centres. This enables youth to learn how to read and write and provides education to earn a living. Giving youth future prospects and reducing poverty….
Food security and emergency relief
Small scale farmers learn to improve their crop quality and harvest. These activities guard against famine and hunger. When people fail to get food due to drought or displacement, we support the Church to …