CityLink: Building on the existing program, partner and client success, CityLink will research and invest in training programs and social enterprises to further attack poverty in our city. These programs and enterprises will close the skills gap and bridge barriers to employment helping to transform future generations in our city. Know more about CityLink.
South Africa: Empowering South Africans living in poverty to work towards a stable and even thriving life by building a center like CityLink in South Africa, in partnership with Grace Bible Church in Soweto. South Africa has been called the most unequal country in the world, and is the nation with the most people living with HIV/AIDS. The SA government has repeatedly failed to give people hope. CityLink SA is a new approach, spearheaded by the local church, to give people the hope and training they need to change their family's path. CityLink SA will provide job and vocational training as well as entrepreneurial development, all grounded in Jesus. Grace Bible Church is a force for change in South Africa, located in the epicenter of South African culture, and we will come alongside them, make this vision a reality and provide a path to freedom for many who are ready to give up. Know more about our work in South Africa.
India: Intensifying our efforts to stop sex trafficking in India, we are focusing on transforming one of the world’s most notorious red light areas into a healthy, thriving neighborhood. We'll double down with our investigative partners and interrupt the flow of thousands of girls from the earthquake stricken areas of Nepal to India’s brothels. We’ll partner with job creators in Cincinnati and India to provide alternatives to women who, after years in the brothels, have given up hope. Attempting to transform a red light area of this scale is huge; no one knows whether it can be done. We believe it can be done and we’ll measure our work, determining whether our methods are actually making a difference in the long haul. Know more about our work in India.
Nicaragua: Creating better infrastructure (classrooms, kitchens, bathrooms) to serve the 6,000 kids that our community sponsors through Compassion International, ensuring they have a safe place to heal, grow and learn that they have a Heavenly Dad who loves them. Compassion International's programs are the real deal, giving children a chance for a better future.
Following our big Compassion International weekend in April 2015, 17 child development centers were opened across the country of Nicaragua to serve the children we sponsored, as well as their families. These centers provide spiritual growth, education, meals and a sense of community. But they are run by under-resourced churches, often in remote, rural areas. So for these centers to thrive, the kids need basic things like a roof that doesn't leak, a toilet that works, and water that is clean and available. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in our hemisphere, and our work with Compassion can help change that by giving hope to a generation of kids. Know more about our work in Nicaragua.