The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission
The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission helps children learn about, and make contributions to, a select group of mission projects. Each year, four projects are identified for their value in helping children understand what it means to “be in mission.” Educational materials on these projects are developed for use in local United Methodist Churches to teach children about the projects and raise funds for the identified projects.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 award. There will be four projects selected - two projects from outside of the United States and two from within the United States. In the past, the fund raised $8,000-$15,000 per project. The project must be an existing program for children under 12 years of age.
Send your completed form and accompanying information by July 14, 2017 to: Rev. LeKisha Reed, Executive Secretary, Networks and Constituencies, General Board of Global Ministries 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30350, email@example.com
United Methodist Children’s Fund Recipients
(Above) 2016 recipient - Raise the Roof Academy in Bwassandeku, Uganda
CEPALC (Center for Social Communication in Latin America) Media communications program – Bogota, Colombia - The political-military conflict in which children are the main victim led to CEPALC creating programs that promote a true culture of peace in the country based on the values of the Gospel, creating a program specifically aimed at children of the sectors’ hardest hit by poverty and violence. The results of the program have shown that the children who participate in these programs have been the most effective sowers of peace in the lives of the communities and their families. Programs are focused on human and children’s rights, social values, and media training through different ways of teaching and learning such as painting, music, theatre, radio, and video, among others. Through these methods, children creatively express their vision of the world, of our society, of the role and of the actual validity of the rights of children in everyday life, of the conflicts and social problems.
Groundbreaking School – Primary Education- Ntambo, DRC - The children served by this program come from homes where parents are hardworking smallholder farmers and their primary source of food and income are crops and raising livestock. This program eradicates illiteracy. Children are given primary education on different subjects such as reading, writing, math, culture preservation, language, health and hygiene practices, etc. This program is implemented in the school that is under construction and children are very excited to have a chance to safely attend school, and for most of them it will be for the first time; and they might even be learning alongside their parents. The program also includes provision of clean water to support and sustain healthy and safe conditions during school and at home, a training programs will be made available for parents as well so they are able to help their children with school work at home. The community has contributed additional bricks and volunteering time during the school construction.
Raise the Roof Academy in Bwassandeku, Uganda - The mission of Raise the Roof is to engage groups and congregations to enter into empowering relationships that foster hope, stability, and wholeness, with children in rural Uganda who are orphans or vulnerable, in the work of building and resourcing schools as centers of transformation. Education empowers people by giving them the tools they need to make their own way in the world. Raise the Roof Academy was built in the fall of 2010 and opened the doors for school with 30 children and is now home is home to over 600 children. This is a village that has been hard-hit by HIV/AIDS many of the children attending the academy are orphans. The academy provides breakfast and lunch, educational opportunities, health and hygiene training, and the caring embrace of a local teacher, and a school and church that fosters love and growth. A permanent building will transform their community for generations to come and allow thousands of children each year the gift of education.
Red Bird Mission Summer Youth Day Camp- Beverly, KY - Red Bird Mission Summer Day Camp is a free six-week program, offered 3 days a week, for children 5-15 yrs. Located in Clay County, KY which was recently named the most difficult place to live in America. The median household income is half the national average. The Summer Camp is a free camp, the children receive breakfast, lunch, and snacks and extended childcare is offered for youth with working parents. Camp staff include a college student intern from the Kentucky Conference’s Isaiah Project, which places students interested in ministry and missions at conference churches and ministries for the summer. The families of the children attending the summer camp don’t have transportation to take their children to camps in the surrounding towns and also can’t afford camp fees. Youth 13-15 that have attended the camp are hired as part of a teen leadership program, building confidence, work skills, and leadership skills.
(Above) 2015 Recipient -
Henry Fork Service Center, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Angels Heaven, Thailand – This program is an AIDS orphanage for children infected with HIV from birth, taken in from understaffed and overcrowded government orphanages. The children are provided with proper medical and dental care, and are exposed to dance, piano, and guitar lessons, which allows them to dream of a better future. Instead of having a victim mentality in life, the children also give back by serving alongside volunteers from Angels Heaven who work in impoverished communities where they fulfill chores like cleaning and community gardening to amputees.
The Henry Fork Service Center, Virginia – HFSC is an outreach program for children and youth who live in impoverished communities. They are given help with homework, enrichment in the arts, Bible education, and recreational opportunities. The children are provided with snacks during the school year, and breakfast and lunch during the summer. The program encourages positive development and family-oriented activities. HFSC has provided a safe place with Christian values for students for the past 45 years.
Kids Farm Program – Haiti – The children served by this program come from one of the most deprived regions of the Haitian countryside. Victims of natural disasters, lack of education, and abject poverty, the community struggles to serve as an economically and physically sustainable one for the people who live there. The children face issues such as a lack of nutritious food, clothing, shoes, safe housing, and access to drinking water. The Kid Farm program teaches the kids about sustainable gardening techniques, which would help their community overcome hunger and poverty. Through education and the essential tools, the children discover new thoughts and ideas which they can use to break the cycle of poverty.
Nutritional Program – Honduras – The children served by this program come from homes where parents do not have a stable job or income. Food is therefore, not a constant in these households. Many of these children start school, but end up dropping out due to lack of supplies and resources to keep them attending. The Nutritional Program provides breakfast for 214 school-age children every morning, to ensure that they are ready for work and study at school. The children who benefit from this program have greatly improved their physical, emotional and spiritual health, bettering their chances at greater academic achievement and quality of life.
(Above) 2015 Recipient - Kids Farm Program - Haiti.
The Arts Support Academics Program (ASAP) – Chicago, IL – ASAP is designed to aid students, ages 6 through 18, in achieving the viable learning skills and creative experiences that will support them in their academic achievements and help develop their expressive abilities in the arts. The after-school and recess arts academy program services conducts educational program activities that keep at-risk children and juveniles from becoming delinquent, dropping out of school, and participating in other anti-social behaviors that have an adverse effect on the community.
Integrated Children Development Program – Philippines – This program is geared towards poor urban communities, contributing to the process of children’s empowerment and self-affirmation through access to education, health, leadership development, and spiritual formation. Many of the children served are otherwise left unattended as parents seek jobs outside the communities. These children often become victims of bullying and other forms of child abuse. ICDP’s hope is that children who benefit from this program will begin to engage in the larger social concerns through child’s rights advocacy and children’s organizing, thus becoming valuable assets to their communities.
Nhlambeni Welcome Place Enrichment Program – Swaziland – Nhlambeni is a poor rural community in Swaziland where many orphans live in homesteads scattered over rugged terrain. Because close to one-third of the population is affected by HIV/AIDS, under-aged children find themselves responsible for taking care of households. Many of these children lack adequate nutrition, miss school and have little opportunity for social enrichment. Before the Welcome Place, children would gather under a tree to eat what little they could find. The Welcome Place now houses a pre-school where the children enjoy nutritious meals and a safe learning environment.
United Methodist Community Outreach Program, Roanoke, VA – The program empowers inner-city kids to break out of poverty, and gives them experiences that they would not normally have. Poverty among children is disturbingly common in Roanoke, VA, and families struggle to feed their children who often have poor health, behavioral and emotional problems and difficulties in socializing with peers. At the Community Outreach Program, the children are fed nutritious meals, and are engaged in learning math, spelling, reading, bible lessons and even physical education.