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Christian charity aims to reach 10,000 widows and orphans to mark 20th anniversary

by Cara Bentley

This would mean nearly doubling their reach over the whole of the last 20 years, to mark their anniversary.

Since 1998, African Child Trust (ACT) have helped 6,500 across eight African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Congo Democratic Republic and Nigeria. 

ACT Founder and Director Dr Kunle Onabolu told Premier they "provide education for children of widows and orphans in Africa, but also to empower widows who are poor in rural African community, to provide them with counselling, training and business skills so they generate income sustainably."

Speaking of what motivates him, Onabolu said: "the verses in Psalm 68 verse 5 where God declares he is the father of the fatherless, the defender of the widows, the Lord will in his holy dwelling keep the lonely people in family – and this is what ACT have been doing for the past 20 years."

"We have expanded our work from just one country to 8 countries in Africa and we have supported well over 6000 children and widows within that period of time."

Onabolu added that they will work "extra hard and use all the resources we can muster" to reach their aim.

Their plan involves a project in Malawi to keep teenage girls in school, when more than 50% of girls aged 18 are married, having children or have already had children and have therefore dropped out of school.  

Onabolu asked for prayer for the Lord to guide them this year.

You can hear the full interview with Dr Kunle Onabolu speaking to Premier's Cara Bentley here:

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