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More than 3 billion people worldwide are under the age of 25, and a majority of them believe that God is either irrelevant or nonexistent. Millions of orphans wander the landscape of Africa; they are bewildered, angry, sad, lonely and homeless, many of them living with grandmothers or in child-headed households and often unable to go to school. Without parents, who hands down knowledge and values to these children? Who is teaching them life skills? Envision the significance of this information for potential ministry.

TWR is excited about opportunities to partner with organizations dedicated to reaching young people. One such group is Open Schools Worldwide (OSWW). Recently, OSWW Director Alan Mcllhenny and the OSWW advisory board met with TWR’s Strategic Initiatives Director Tom Watkins in our offices in Cary, N.C. Mcllhenny desires to enable “children in crisis to become children of hope.”

Established by the Association of Christian Schools International Children at Risk Program, OSWW seeks to serve marginalized children ages 7 to 15 by providing free basic education and life skills. Currently, the program serves 8,000 children in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Already underway is the Swaziland Open Schools Audio Project, and literacy lessons have aired since March 16 from TWR-Swaziland.

For more information about this significant ministry to children, visit www.twrafrica.org and www.openschoolsworldwide.org.