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Our SAFE / GOGO Mission and Vision
Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment is a faith-based non-governmental organization (NGO) established in Malawi in 1993 to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the request of the Malawi Ministry of Education in 1994, SAFE developed a life skills curriculum--WHY WAIT?--for implementation by teachers in government primary and secondary schools throughout the country.
Gogo Grandmothers is a SAFE project which links grandparents and others from developed countries to grandparents caring for orphans in Malawi, thereby addressing one of the outcomes of the HIV/AIDS pandemic within a faith-based context.
MISSION & VISION STATEMENTS
Changing lives through God’s love and truth.
Changing lives in vulnerable communities as we share God’s love and truth in words and deeds.
Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”. A country of 18 million, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with over one million orphans. Gogo Grandmothers links people from developed countries with the core ministries of SAFE in Malawi, including support for the gogos (grandmothers) caring for Malawi’s orphans, early childhood development for preschoolers, youth development for village youth and the Why Wait? 8-year life skills curriculum for schools.
o Spiritually, providing prayer and discipleship tools.
o Physically, assisting with food security, seed, fertilizer, clothing, education, and the necessities of life.
o Emotionally, supporting community-based initiatives, so that the orphans and vulnerable children continue to develop within family and community environments which are culturally appropriate.
As SAFE's founders, Americans Dick and Charlotte Day immersed themselves in the African culture. Through the development of the Why Wait? Truth for Youth program, they soon realized that the very basic needs of children and their families were incredibly unmet. Due to a dying generation of parents infected with HIV/AIDS, many orphans were left behind with only their gogos (grandparents) to care for them. A village gogo was often caring for three or more orphans. As a result, the Gogo Grandmothers ministry developed and was supported by a USA gogo sponsorship program.
As the SAFE staff worked in the villages, the overwhelming needs of the village children became apparent. To meet those needs, SAFE developed an ECD/OVC (Early Childhood Development and Orphans & Vulnerable Children) program. This program built preschools, trained caregivers, provided a feeding program plus education and biblical training for children 8 years and younger, especially those affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.