The Faith to Action Initiative (formerly called the Better Care Network Faith-Based Outreach Committee) was first formed in 2006 in response to a growing concern about the high number of orphanages being funded and built in response to a growing concern about the high number of orphanages being funded and built in Africa in the wake of the HIV and AIDS crisis. We are a collaborative initiative made up of a group of individuals representing a range of Christian faith-based and child-focused organizations working to support the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa (and beyond) and committed to strengthening family-based care. Please go to About Us to learn about our membership: our Leadership Council and Advisory Group.
Our mission is to raise awareness about the needs of orphans and vulnerable children and to promote approaches to care that recognize the importance of family in the life of a child. The Guiding Principles that shape our work and focus our outreach are available online for your review.
Over 32 faith-based and service organizations have endorsed our key outreach publication, From Faith to Action (first published in 2006 and revised in 2008), with over 45,000 copies distributed to churches, groups and individuals interested in orphan care. A follow-up publication, Journeys of Faith, (2011) features case studies and examples of how churches across the United States are engaging with African churches and communities to support family care and community based care. While our primary focus to date has been on Africa, our resources address issues that are relevant to orphan care globally and our website will include stories of church engagement around the world.
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