Joining the Journey means clicking the button toDonate Now, sponsoring a walk, hosting a book group, or participating in any of the suggestions below. But it’s also much more than that!
It’s knowing in your gut that there has to be a better way forward for the children of our world. It’s supporting the dreams of students you may never meet who long for an education, a chance to work their way out of poverty.
It’s believing that one step at a time, one child at a time, you can make a difference in this world we all call home.
1. Sponsor a “Walk with Ambe”. Good Shepherd SLF is the African Affiliate of Durga Tree International, a foundation which supports non-profits that combat human trafficking. They have developed a day for “Walk with Ambe” to highlight issues of human trafficking by honoring Good Shepherd Homes’, Ambe, who was kidnapped on his five-mile walk to school. Children in Cameroon too often fall prey to ruthless kidnappers involved in human trafficking. Miraculously, Ambe escaped, but many children are not so lucky. Participants should gather sponsors for the five-mile walk to honor Ambe and all children who are trafficked throughout the world. By providing a safe, secure environment, students at Good Shepherd Academy, our initial project, will no longer be vulnerable to trafficking and many other risks. Lacing up for Freedom: Sponsor a Team or create your own >
2. Form a book group and read I Am That Child using the Reading Group Study Guide contained in the book. Supplement your discussions by having participants research Africa in general or Cameroon specifically. Study African culture, get involved, make up your own ways to help, and let us hear from you via firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Dedicate a Special Event in your Life to at-risk Cameroonian children: Celebrate your birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other special event during the year by promoting gender equality in education and educating Cameroonians students for a sustainable world. Ask for donations in lieu of gifts.
5. Highlight World Orphan Week, the second Monday in February each year. There are 143 million orphaned children living in the world today and as many as 100 million more children abandoned worldwide, living in substandard and dangerous conditions (UNICEF estimates). World Orphan Week is an excellent time to raise awareness about this crisis. Host a program highlighting information about the Good Shepherd Home orphans who will receive full scholarships to Good Shepherd Academy, along with other at-risk children and paying students.
Share the news that Good Shepherd SLF provides free tuition to Good Shepherd Academy to orphans of Good Shepherd Home in Bamenda, Cameroon, and invite donations.
6. Teach a yoga, knitting, cooking class, or another one of your passions and donate the proceeds to Good Shepherd SLF. Let your students know where their fees are going. Urge them to read I Am That Child and join the journey with you.
7. The Peace Corps
Looking for a way to spend a gap year? Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Africa. If you are unable to commit that much time, you can donate to Peace Corps projects in Africa by clicking on the project of your choice on their website at peacecorp.gov. In choosing your project, remember the work of Good Shepherd SLF in Cameroon.