Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Department

Seminary

First Advisor

Stephen Lewis

Second Advisor

Patrick Murunga

Third Advisor

Jason Clark

Abstract

This is a project manual that looks into the growing problem of orphans in Africa. There is great need to establish community interventions that provide care and support for orphaned girls. Orphan female adolescents experience reduced education opportunities and adaptive coping strategies when they have no home in which to receive nurture and support. They are therefore very vulnerable to early marriages, teenage pregnancies, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Such women between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four are usually in high school and college, making life long decisions that would affect their future. They go through physical body and psychological and physiological changes. When women in this age bracket have one parent or no parent, they are left to the mercies of their extended families. Due to poverty and modernity, the African family structure is disintegrating and there are no relevant structures to protect vulnerable women from the destructive forces of society, and to provide a loving home. An orphaned teenage woman in sub-Saharan Africa needs support from the church and society. This will enable her make right decisions towards prosperity and break the cycle of poverty. I have developed a project manual for orphan adolescent girls who lack a home will find safety and stability in alternative Christian homes. They provide nurture and support through spiritual discipleship, career guidance and counseling during life transitions. I will explore best practice models that are indigenous and sustainable to care for this category of young women. The project manual consists of scope and objectives, design and resources, execution and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and completion and sustainability. A stable, Christian home environment will improve the chances of a successful life, and reduce the number of dropouts from school of bright orphaned adolescent girls.

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