African Action International is a faith-based organization involved in developing projects to assist and empower families and communities to rise up above poverty to achieve their life goals. African Action is about restoring hope, renewing faith and demonstrating love in very tangible ways.
Helping one child or family can have a great impact on their future and their community. Every child we sponsor, every widow empowered, every sick person restored to health is in turn empowered to impact their world and make it a better place. We want to impart something of what we are and have through building true friendships with our friends/partners by providing encouragement and practical support, in order to enable them to reach their dream to become self-supporting and self-respecting with a vision for the future. We have found our African friends/partners to be very dedicated and sacrificial as they reach out with us to share and contribute from their own meagre resources to support those in greater need. The hospitality and generosity of our African brothers and sisters challenges us continuously.
What we do
African Action has active projects in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. Working with our African partners to develop self-sustaining long term projects by building and equipping schools for the education of children who have a disability or are living in poverty. We develop clean water projects, agricultural development and micro-finance for women in poverty, building schools and providing sponsorship for orphaned and needy children.
How you can help
If you have a passion to make a difference and positively impact the lives of people who do not have access to education, medical aid, you can help by:- Raising funds, Donating, Child Sponsorship, Membership, visiting projects.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
CAPTURING THE HEART & DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICAN ACTION INTERNATIONAL - AAI FOUNDERS, John and Jean Leak
AAI believes in the ‘provision of God’, made available through the many people who have caught the vision and supported the work of AAI in East Africa. The Official Registration of AAI as an ‘Incorporation’ was on 8/7/2003.
We welcome all people who have a desire to participate in the work and vision of AAI, which is ongoing in three nations in East Africa, in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. AAI majors in areas of education, family restoration and self-sustaining short and long-term projects.
Our initial interest in Africa began after our personal sponsorship of an African child in 1994 also our visit to the nations of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, during 1996. Prior to any involvement in Africa, during 30 years in pastoral ministry in Gippsland, Victoria, we were engaged in short term Missions to Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. These earlier times were no doubt foundational for the direction that was to follow.
We believe that when visiting other nations, we are to be mindful, respectful and aware of the culture of the people. We believe in giving people a ‘help up’, not simply a temporary ‘help-out’. Self-sufficiency as soon as practicable is our constant aim.
The work of AAI began in the year 2000. Initially in Uganda, and later in Kenya, and most recently in South Sudan. Our mandate and intention is to model ‘respect, compassion, friendship and community and to integrate whenever and wherever possible, by practical identification. Africans are aware of the situations within their own countries and their own culture, they therefore know and can identify the need in their own communities and offer valuable advice which may guide us as we plan and develop our partnership and combined vision.
This enables us to move forward to engage in ‘OUTREACH and TEAMWORK into villages and towns, offering hope through Christian based Leadership Programs and practical community projects; giving due credit to our in-country Leaders and Pastors who faithfully and sacrificially partner with us in achieving ‘great things’, and yes, at times accompanied by much cost, suffering and pain. AAI provides assistance through provision of various training materials, Leadership Programs, and Training in ‘Christian Leadership’, for Pastors in suburban and rural areas. AAI is involved in the establishment and ongoing support of local churches and ministry which contributes at a core level towards the establishment of all other services within each nation.
THE ALLEVIATION OF POVERTY REMAINS OUR MAJOR THRUST!
Farm land purchases are critical towards self-sufficiency objectives.
Improved sanitation and the provision of ‘clean water’ wells and the drilling of bore holes is reducing sickness and improving the health of children and adults in all AAI projects.
Medical treatment is provided through the AAI Medical Clinic at Magere Village, Uganda, which has operated for some years providing local health-care, a phone-in Advisory Service and through ‘Mobile Medical Clinics’which travel into rural areas. The clinic has great potential and has been in operation for some years under the direction of a qualified Medical Staff.
The Clinic continues to progress well. Many in attendance, especially children with common conditions of malaria, chest infection, pneumonia and skin infections. Adults also come with similar cases as mentioned above, more so expectant mothers. They are treated especially for general conditions like malaria in pregnancy, STD, hypertension and diabetes after deliveries. In regard to deliveries, they refer the mothers to other birth centers, reason being they have not yet established proper birth facilities at Safe Way Clinic, but they can handle mothers with their babies after birth. The Clinic also has an on-call Orthopedic service in case there is a fracture case.
The staff on ground are 1 lab assistant and 1 nurse. Many others have shown interest to work with them, especially mid-wives, radiographers but they still trust God for that provision.
EDUCATION - A MAJOR FOCUS FOR AAI IS THE EDUCATION of CHILDREN & YOUTH
All AAI schools have been or are now in the process of being converted into ‘Boarding Schools’, which will assist with the care, nutrition and safety of the children attending. Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education & Vocational Training is changing the lives and future of African youth.
CONSTRUCTION of SCHOOLS
The construction of self-supporting schools provides Primary Education for over 900 students in Uganda. (This school has been classified by the Education Department of Uganda as a ‘Model School” for the area) Its core purpose began as a response to integrate children who are deaf into a mainstream schooling.
Primary Education is also provided for 361 Primary Students in Kenya, where 35 have graduated into Secondary Schools and 18 children pursuing various courses in University and mid-level colleges. Three children who began in Mercy Primary School have now exited from the sponsorship and institutional care after completing courses in their academic pursuits and are now self-supporting.
Recently some local Aussie schools and staff in Australia worked to convert a second-hand shipping container into a ‘Container Library’ for the AAI Primary School in Kenya. This was then shipped to the school and is now functioning very well. This has proven to be a great asset to the pupils and staff.
The latest development in South Sudan has been the building of the school in the village of Obbo, officially opened in January 2020. At present the school has enrolled 260 children.
We have found our African partners to be very dedicated, creative and sacrificial, as they reach out with us, to share from their own meagre resources, supporting those in even greater need in their local community. One example is the Kitchen Garden Project in Kenya. Through training and planning sessions, families have been assisted to establish home gardens for the growth of fruit and vegetables for their own families, and for sale to others.
Another example of Community outreach is a Life Skills Program taught in local Kenyan schools with the support of:
Ministry of Health that helps with data on teenage health issues so as to keep track on program impact.
Ministry of Education in allowing trainers to move around schools and institutions.
It has been stated that, ‘A team is a group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job or project.’ Team members operate with a high degree of interdependence, share authority and responsibility for self- management, are accountable for the collective performance, and work toward a common goal and shared rewards. A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating a performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.’
There has always been a degree of ‘fluidity’ in AAI procedure. Always encouragement to bring forward new ideas and concepts! “Let’s dream a little.” “Why don’t we consider this?” - Not always a ‘set way’ of doing things! This has to do with us being a people of open heartedness, trust, and friendship!
For AAI to look to the future for its leadership and ongoing ministry development, consideration must be given to finding people with a ‘heart for the needs of others,’ who are not overly controlled by restrictive thinking to gain results!
Written March 2021 - John and Jean Leak.