Mission: Evangeline ministries works especially with poor women who live with hiv and aids to give them skills that will help them earn a living for themselves and their families. Almost all of these women come from masiphumelele, an informal settlement in fish hoek in south africa.
Programs: Twice a week, em conducts sewing classes for between 9 and 11 women. Women are taught the basics of sewing as a way to help them earn a living. Upon graduation, em gives each of them a new sewing machine.
business training - a basic computer class offered to memebers of the sewing class and also to staff of other non-profits in the area to help them develop skills necessary for business.
I have been a board member of this organization, Evangeline Ministries, since it started 7 years ago. The director, Wendy Ryan, was Led by God to leave her comfortable life in Falls Church, VA and go to South Africa to work with women who were devastated by AIDS/HIV. I met Wendy when I was working as a writer in VA. and although I am a friend and serve on her board, I think you will agree that my assessment of her work is impartial if you take a look at her website and blog.
Her work in Cape Town is supported by many individuals, independent organizations and churches and we just learned she will receive the Arise & Walk Ministries Foundation Missions Award this November.
Arise & Walk is an international organization providing medical supplies and services.