In the beginning, our group knew that we wanted to help relief efforts in Africa, but we weren’t sure how to accomplish that mission. We researched several organizations, and decided on African Leadership, a local 501c(3) organization.
African Leadership’s network of more than 2,000 Bible teachers extends over 11 countries. These African teachers disciple Africa’s culture-makers (church, business and community leaders) with both a theological and practical education that transforms local communities, provinces and countries. Across the continent, more than 60,000 graduates are growing and planting churches, implementing local solutions, and making God’s kingdom present today and through all time.
We are impressed with African Leadership’s approach in supporting relief efforts initiated by Africans, as well as their careful stewardship of donated funds. We are confident that funds donated to African Leadership will be put to good use. Each year, we meet with the African Leadership team to decide on projects that will be supported through our event.
The Valentine’s Dance has funded Bibles for pastor training, orphan care in Malawi, microloans in Gulu, Uganda, a childcare facility in Khayelitsha, South Africa, and partial funding for a vocational school in Kibera, Kenya.
We are excited to announce that the orphans who we have been supporting have now been taken care of through a unique sustainable project enacted by African Leadership. That is our goal, that proceeds from the party will be supplementary in the interim to help until sustainable solutions are in place.
For 2018, our partnership with African Leadership continues. Proceeds from this year’s party will be focused on helping local African leaders care for their communities – equipping them to respond to specific local needs: women recovering from a life on the streets, orphans dealing with the trauma of war, students learning community development skills, and much more.
As the event grows, we aim to build long-lasting partnerships and connections from our small group of women here in Tennessee, to those across the world.