About this Mission Project
Several young children strain to push a wheel-barrow full of beer toward their rural village in Zululand. These children are likely among those who survive day-to-day as best they can, not knowing where their next meal will come from. They are some of the 1.4 million orphaned children in South Africa.
In KwaZulu-Natal Province there is now hope for nearly 1000 vulnerable children thanks to IOP – the iZulu Orphan Project.
American Baptist missionary doctors Anita and Rick Gutierrez and IOP are partnering to keep 500 caregivers healthy and able to look after the needs of the children. This project provides direct care to children in five rural villages.
Drs. Gutierrez plan to screen the entire population for HIV/AIDS and other health issues, offer health information sessions, and prayer and gospel presentations. They will also train 6-10 individuals from local churches as “health builders”, making this a permanent resource for the communities.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $10,000 annually for three years, 2010 through 2013, to purchase HIV and CD4 testing supplies and associated transport and logistical services to serve 800-1000 orphaned children and between 300-500 caregivers annually.
$100 will provide testing and CD4 counts necessary for extending the life of 2 people affected by HIV/AIDS for up to 30 years. It will also providing testing to determine HIV status for 12 other individuals who will also learn, in their own language, how to remain HIV negative.
It is anticipated that this project will make it possible for hundreds of KwaZulu people to live long, healthy, productive lives.
Connect to this Mission Project
• Pray with Drs. Anita and Rick and their partners at iZulu Orphan Project in Zululand, South Africa that the church will be the means of healing to widows and orphans in their distress as outlined in James 1:27.
• Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.