Preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families with the greater purpose of becoming one family in Christ.
We do this 4 ways:
The Tree Branches (Programs)
The REACH Branch
The Lulu Tree partners with pastors in villages to build up the five pillars of their communities: Retail (or small businesses), Education, Agriculture, Church, and Health.
Lulu Tree staff meet with these pastors on a monthly basis, training them to establish realistic goals and equipping them with the necessary resources to achieve these goals. The pastors then return to their villages to oversee micro-loan groups in their churches and to mentor leaders representing the four pillars of the community, instilling a vision for productivity, strong families, and a God-honoring lifestyle, teaching them to problem solve, and providing prayerful encouragement and accountability.
These leaders them meet with the men and women enrolled in the Lulu Tree Church Program, villagers who are striving to make ends meet in the areas of Retail, Education, Agriculture, and Health. Out goal is to help them not only achieve their dreams but to support their pastor through weekly church attendance and tithing.
Everyone who enters to be helped is expected to help in some way or another. The longer they remain with the Lulu Tree, the more their level of responsibility is increased. We believe in equipping them to help others instead of creating a dependency.
The Lulu Tree National Director determines eligibility for participation in The Lulu Tree Programs – first by identifying, interviewing, and then selecting pastors who demonstrate integrity, transparency, honesty, competence, creativity, enthusiasm, teachability, and willingness to receive feedback and critique. The pastors then help the National Director identify individuals in their communities who can serve as both leaders in the program and recipients of Lulu’s services.
The Lulu Tree is also facilitating Farming God’s Way (www.farming-gods-way.org) and TCT training (www.tctprogram.org). TCT is a locally provided Biblical training program for impoverished congregations created by the organization Reconciled World. Since its inception, TCT has helped take more than 300 communities out of poverty.
The Receive Branch
This branch offers shelter and education to existing orphans, teen mothers, and pregnant women.
In Uganda, we’ve begun construction of dorms for teenage mothers and their babies, in Namagera Village, to help facilitate their education.
The Lulu School of Hope is a place where teen moms who have been shunned from their regular schools are able to continue their education. Educators in this school are accredited teachers who volunteer their time and receive no compensation for their services. The school is located in Jinja. We are currently renting an HIV clinic space for $100/yearly and this is paid in full through 2017. In the new year, our goal is to work in conjunction with the Uganda Ministry of Education, using existing school buildings. Our Teen moms would attend school at night, enabling them to be home with their children during the day, working the farm to provide for their own needs.
Bethel Home in Mambo Village, Sierra Leone, provides a place where abandoned children are lovingly cared for by our National Director and his wife, and by widows who serve as “aunties”. This dwelling place provides a “family” that benefits both the widows – many of whom have been abandoned themselves – and the orphaned children, versus a traditional orphanage setting where many children are cared for by one director.
The home will also house a birthing center, where vulnerable mothers can come to safely deliver their babies and find support and resources as new mothers.
Pastor Sonnel Kamara serves as Lulu Sierra Leone’s national director and is a paid staff member who will be overseeing the operations of Bethel Home along with his wife, Christiana. Daniel Kamara serves as Lulu’s Children’s Director in SL, overseeing orphan and widow care. Our hope is to one day have a midwife and nurse who will live on the premises in return for their services.
The Rescue Branch
The Rescue Branch offers emergency assistance to those in crisis, in order to prevent children from being orphaned and families from breaking apart. Outreaches are facilitated by local churches to earn the right to speak into their community’s lives and to develop long-term relationships.
The Lulu Tree gathers supplies for monthly outreaches focusing on the areas of education, nutrition, medicine, clean water, refugee relief, and more. These current outreaches are planned and implemented by our Lulu family in Uganda and Sierra Leone, who know best which local situations are in need of assistance.
Pastors, members of the Lulu program, and African staff lead in sharing the Gospel while serving those in need.