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As a member of the Orchard: Community, you have access to exclusive updates from all four Orchard: Africa Programs. Scroll down to discover the latest updates, or choose one of the categories below to jump straight to your preferred Program updates.

Ministry

A Day in the Life of McDonald

Orchard: Community   September 2019MacDonald is the second born of twins. His tribal name is Pitsonyane. He is the smaller of the two boys born to his mother, so she named him “Little Gathering”.  The western name she gave him is MacDonald.  At Orchard: Arica, is he...

HOW WE GOT TO SERVE 10 MILLION MEALS

Orchard: Community August 2019 Lindeka lives with her two grandsons in Khayelitsha, which is mostly a sprawling shanty-town on the southernmost tip of South Africa.  Her daughter, the mother of these two boys, is disabled so Lindeka is raising them. It has not been...

Extreme Home Makeover: South Africa Edition

Orchard: Community JULY 2019 UPDATETwo homes were in need of repair.  One of the homes had leaks, cracks, and holes in places that didn’t belong.  The other home had too many mouths to feed and too little income to make ends meet.  One house needed an experienced...

Youth Impact

Orchard: Community JUNE 2019 Forty-three years ago, on June 16th, thousands of youth in South Africa started a protest that has ripple effects that have lasted to this day.  The protesting youth called for a better standard of education as well as to be educated in...

Servants of Setlopo

Orchard: Community MAY 2019 If you were to drive just outside the Mafikeng city limits, past the overcrowded and underfunded hospital, beyond the city dump where open bags of rubbish and their remains blow around freely in the wind, you would find yourself heading in...

Education

A Day in the Life of McDonald

Orchard: Community   September 2019MacDonald is the second born of twins. His tribal name is Pitsonyane. He is the smaller of the two boys born to his mother, so she named him “Little Gathering”.  The western name she gave him is MacDonald.  At Orchard: Arica, is he...

HOW WE GOT TO SERVE 10 MILLION MEALS

Orchard: Community August 2019 Lindeka lives with her two grandsons in Khayelitsha, which is mostly a sprawling shanty-town on the southernmost tip of South Africa.  Her daughter, the mother of these two boys, is disabled so Lindeka is raising them. It has not been...

Youth Impact

Orchard: Community JUNE 2019 Forty-three years ago, on June 16th, thousands of youth in South Africa started a protest that has ripple effects that have lasted to this day.  The protesting youth called for a better standard of education as well as to be educated in...

Servants of Setlopo

Orchard: Community MAY 2019 If you were to drive just outside the Mafikeng city limits, past the overcrowded and underfunded hospital, beyond the city dump where open bags of rubbish and their remains blow around freely in the wind, you would find yourself heading in...

Giving Thanks

Orchard: Community COMMUNITY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018November in the United States is the time of a wonderful holiday - Thanksgiving. As we've all have thought about what we are thankful for in our lives, we decided to ask members of Fountain of Hope churches in South...

Food & Agriculture

Home Agricultural Training

Orchard: Community FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE APRIL 2019Orchard: Africa has trained 976 individuals in home agriculture. This program helps families grow their own food, as well as sell any excess crops they have. In this video, Matshido tells us about how this program...

Giving Thanks

Orchard: Community COMMUNITY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018November in the United States is the time of a wonderful holiday - Thanksgiving. As we've all have thought about what we are thankful for in our lives, we decided to ask members of Fountain of Hope churches in South...

Going Green

Orchard: Community FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE OCTOBER 2018 One of the things required for a local church in South Africa to receive funding for a feeding project through Orchard: Africa is that they also must have a working agricultural program.  This agriculture...

Naphytane’s Growing Significance

Orchard: Community FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATESEPTEMBER 2018 You first met Naphtane in an Orchard: Community update back in April of 2017 entitled ‘’Naphytane’s Growing Seedlings”.  Over the past seventeen months since we last spoke with Naphytane he has experienced...

Agriculture for All Ages

Orchard: Community EDUCATION +FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATEIn June, Agriculture courses were led by the Sun Valley team at Pastor Raymond’s Church, New Gospel Church of Power in Life, in Khayelithsa (for some background on Pastor Raymond please visit the written ministry...

Care

When a Healer Needs Healing

  “What does it feel like?”, I asked as I took a seat next to the bed.  “Eish man, it feels like I am being attacked by a knife”.  Like a long, thin blade piercing through the skin and deep into muscle tissue, the sharp pain radiated from his lower back and spread...

Nandie: A Story of Overcoming – Part 4

Orchard: Community CARE UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018 This month, discover the final part of Nandie's story - the chapter of hope. Nandie has been through so much, but she has persevered. She has been strong and brave in the face of constant adversity. And this month, discover...

Nandie: A Story of Overcoming – Part 3

Orchard: Community FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE OCTOBER 2018Last month you experienced part two of Nandie's story. This month, experience part three. This is where the hope starts to come in. This is where things take a turn and Nandie is able to take the next step to...

Nandie: A Story of Overcoming – Part 2

Orchard: Community CARE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018 Last month, you got to experience the first part of Nandie's story. This month, get to know her better as we pick up from where we left off. Nandie's story has many hardships, but there is also a sense of hope - hope in...

Nandie: A Story of Overcoming – Part 1

Orchard: Community CARE UPDATE AUGUST 2018 A few months ago you were introduced to Nandie through a very quick summary of her life and the immense challenges she has experienced in her short 23 years.  Many in the Orchard: Community were so moved by her short...

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