In November, Women of Hope had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Zambia, training over 130 ministry partners in
disability ministry principles. CEO and President, Kim Kargbo, Sierra Leone Program Director, Ruth Kamara, and Program Assistant, Jordan Arellano, met in Kenya to provide 3 separate disability training workshops to ministry leaders and mothers of children with disabilities from multiple African countries.
Upon arrival, Women of Hope staff attended the Disciple Nations Alliance Africa Forum just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. At this conference, the Women of Hope team conducted an introductory disability awareness workshop with around 60 African ministry leaders in attendance.
The forum included leaders from all over Africa, and other parts of the world who had the opportunity to explore the vital importance of intentionally incorporating people with disabilities in their communities and ministries. Following the conference, the Women of Hope team went to the Mathare slum in Nairobi, to facilitate another disability workshop hosted by the Inspiration Centre.
Training participants included people from Tanzania, Uganda, as well as some international ministry workers from the U.S. as well. This short, one-day training reached 14 ministry partners and over 30 mothers of children with disabilities.
Through our connection with the Community Health Evangelism Network (CHE), we have forged a friendship with Lovemore Zulu, the Director of the CHE program in Zambia. Lovemore has a passion for disability ministry, and is committed to providing disability training to over 3,000 Community Health Evangelists working throughout Zambia, in partnership with Women of Hope.
This initial training session was a 3-day training of trainers (TOT) with 18 CHE’s in Choma, Zambia. Following the training, each trainer has been challenged to reach out to their local church and community to promote disability awareness, begin building relationships with people with disabilities, encourage inclusive practices and grow disability ministry throughout their country.
We are so excited for the opportunity to partner with the Community Health Evangelists in Zambia, helping equip them to more effectively support people affected by disability where they serve.
One participant in Zambia told us,
“Before I thought it was bad to be near people with disabilities. But I will now tell my friends to invite people with disabilities in and help them be involved.”
We praise God for the opportunity and blessing it has been for us to walk alongside others as He brings transformation in the lives of people around the globe. Please join us in praying for multiplication of these efforts, and for future trainings and partnerships.