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Housing for refugees, supporting Ugandan grandmothers, Mandate for Life, and education alternatives

Eastern Nazarene College near Boston has been providing short-term housing for refugees through its Family Welcome Center. The Center includes more than 55 rooms and three apartments with play areas and laundry machines. The program has allowed ENC students to participate through internships with the managing agencies and service projects, such as organizing donation drives and assembling playground equipment.

The National Black Fellowship, part of the Assemblies of God denomination, launched Mandate for Life in April. The new initiative is aimed at slashing the high rates of abortion among Black American women by taking a holistic “womb to tomb” approach—encouraging abstinence, providing counseling for pregnant and post-abortive mothers, parenting training, and more. They are also working to establish life centers and affordable housing for women.

Every Child Ministries is supporting grandmothers in Uganda who are raising their grandchildren, often as a result of tragedy and in poor conditions. Started in 2010, The Way Home is a missionary project of ECM providing these “grannies” with vocational training, such as farming, hair braiding, and carpentry work.

Heart for Lebanon is working to fill the gap created by school closures in Lebanon. Most public schools remain closed, and private school tuition has spiked. Heart for Lebanon is providing alternatives through its non-formal educational project for at-risk children, an afternoon program for students struggling academically, and through its scholarship program. Heart for Lebanon has four stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96.

Main photo: Caleb Michaels and a child help put together playground equipment for the Family Welcome Center at Eastern Nazarene College / Photo courtesy of ENC

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Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.