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5 September 2023

One of the church’s Mission Initiatives is Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. Community of Christ has identified this as part of the mission of Jesus Christ, and we are doing something about it. It is possible to abolish poverty! 

Each year funds are allocated from the Worldwide Mission Budget to aid this Mission Initiative. In 2022, about $200,000 USD was provided to the Council of Twelve Apostles to support Abolish Property, End Suffering projects. Then we invited apostles from the multination fields to submit proposals. The aim is to assist projects essential for life, empower women, provide education opportunities for girls as well as boys, provide employment opportunities for people, and back sustainable projects. 

We have been able to support two long-term school projects, matching Outreach International funding in Haiti ($95,332 USD) and India ($37,668 USD) for many years and Bread for the World ($12,000 USD). 

And just over $55,000 USD supports new projects that will help communities Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. We are experimenting with different projects that can make a difference. In total, $216,866 USD has been used to support thirty-five special projects and $22,000 USD for seven microfinance projects. Microfinance is the use of small loans provided to impoverished individuals and groups. 

  • In 2019, twelve projects were supported with $99,502 USD and three microfinance projects with $10,500. In 2019, $45,000 USD more was available. 
  • In 2020, two projects were supported with $6,660 USD and one microfinance project with $6,500 USD. In 2020, fewer funds were allocated. 
  • In 2021, nine projects were supported with $55,453 USD and two microfinance projects with $4,000 USD. 
  • In 2022, twelve projects were supported with $55,251 USD and microfinance projects with $1,000 USD. 

This is a team effort. It involves church members and leaders identifying projects to support in their neighborhoods, the Council of Twelve Apostles in reviewing suitable projects, the fiscal team in arranging the funds to be transferred, and most importantly—you and your generosity.  

It is making a difference! 

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering 2022 Projects

Borehole Lambwe Chomba

$8,700.00 USD
Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa Mission Center

Borehole Water Supply

$4,500.00 USD
Kenya Mission Centre

Lusaka and South Africa Printing Project

$4,500.00 USD
Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa Mission Center

Monrovia Microfinance Project

$3,000.00 USD
Liberia & Sierra Leone Mission Centre

Saints Nursery and Primary School

$13,405.00 USD
Nigeria Mission Centre

Kashobwe Rice Mill

$3,575.00 USD
Haut Katanga D.R. Congo Mission Center

Pweto School

$2,200.00 USD
Haut Katanga D.R. Congo Mission Center

Ngwashi School

$2,800.00 USD
Haut Katanga D.R. Congo Mission Center

Pig Production

$4,000.00 USD
Ivory Coast & Togo Mission Centre

Cassava and Corn Mill

$4,000.00 USD
West Congo Kinshasa Mission Center

Cassava Production

$2,000.00 USD
West Congo Kinshasa Mission Center

Tshamalale Welding

$3,571.00 USD
Haut Katanga D.R. Congo Mission Center

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