Africa Network

 

Africa Network

There are hundreds of distinct languages and cultures within the continent of Africa, yet many of the issues facing rural communities there are similar:

Too many die of preventable diseases and conditions. Access to medical care is limited. 

Food insecurity, whether due to drought, civil war or land access, leads to widespread malnutrition and starvation. 

Too few have access to potable water. 

Education, especially for girls, is expensive and difficult to access. 

A history of colonialism has resulted in problems with power, corruption and governance. 

This is the context in which members of the Africa Network develop relational partnerships and accompany partners in their efforts to find sustainable solutions. Sharing and learning from one another, they identify ways to live into their baptismal covenant, like showing respect by learning some of the language of their partner community. Reflecting and sharing stories also helps members discover the gifts of their partners. Many members are leaders of their congregational mission team, which can be isolating and difficult work; they get support from others with experience, developing best practices so that they can plan their next steps.  Some are working closely with an Anglican diocese in Africa, trying to be the seeds of reconciliation between the different parts of the Anglican Communion.  

The following congregations maintain relationships in Africa. These partnerships have led to partner-initiated projects focused not only on building relationships and sharing faith, but also on supporting and improving access to education, medical care and clean water.  Each entry represents a distinct grant, with collaborative partners from the Diocese of Massachusetts listed below the lead grant recipient. 

Congregation(s) Partner Location Partner
Parish of the Messiah, Auburndale KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Winterton and Kethani Townships
Trinity Church, Boston, St. Stephen's Church, Boston Nairobi, Kenya Tatua-Be the Change Kenya
All Saints Parish, Brookline, Trinity Church, Melrose Tanga, Tanzania Diocese of Tanga, Holy Cross-Magila, St. Frank Weston-Bungu
St. Christopher's Church, Chatham Goll Farm, Liberia Keenan Institute, Rev. Prince Wreh
Trinity Church, Concord, St. Peter's Church, Weston  Nyamata, Rwanda Maranyundo School for Girls
St. Luke's Church, Fall River Hamisi, Kenya  Crossroad Springs 
Christ Church, Hamilton South Sudan World Relief
Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham Cape Town, South Africa St. Martin's Church 
Grace Church, North Attleboro Tanga, Tanzania St. Francis Xavier, Misufini Leprosy Care Center
St. Paul's Church, Natick Mpwapwa, Tanzania Diocese of Mpwapwa
Christ Church, Plymouth, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dedham, St. Paul's Church, Lynnfield  Standerton, South Africa Masakane Trust 
Trinity Church, Marshfield Cape Town, South Africa Diocese of False Bay
Trinity Church, Melrose Tanga, Tanzania Anglican Diocese of Tanga health facilities
St. Andrew's Church, Methuen Nghumbi, Tanzania Diocese of Mpwapwa
St. Mark's Church, Burlington  Nairobi, Kenya Tatua Kenya
Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dedham, Christ Church, Plymouth  Standerton, South Africa Masakane Trust, Diocese of Highveld 
St. Andrew's Church, New Bedford, All Saints Parish, Brookline Magila, Tanzania Hegongo Holy Cross High School 

For more information, e-mail Laura Walta at lwalta@diomass.org or Deacon Holly Hartman at hhartman@diomass.org.