World Vision hosts Africa Forum in Ghana
Mr Kevin Jenkins, President of World Vision (WV), on Tuesday said the international non-governmental organisation would continue to invest in health, education and care of vulnerable children while scaling up other social interventions in deprived communities.
Speaking to journalists on the margins of the World Vision Africa Forum, the Partnership’s International Regional Board meeting in Accra, Mr Jenkins said the group had so far focused half of its annual budget over the years on development in deprived communities in Africa.
The two-day forum brings together Africa National Directors, Board/Advisory Council Chairs and World Vision International senior leadership to facilitate and provide communication, exchange of experiences, and co-ordination among the regions’ Boards or Advisory Councils and the respective National Directors.
In addition, the forum will receive progress reports and provide feedback regarding regional strategic directions in the light of the partnership’s strategy as well as elect three primary and two alternate regional representatives to the World Vision International Board.
The theme of the forum is: ‘The Traditional Family: its Cultural Evolution and Implications for Ministry.’
Mr Jenkins said World Vision had a steady pool of funds to carry on its activities since it relied less on grant funding.
The theme is inspired by the realisation that traditional family has undergone fundamental transformation over time in respect to relations within and between the family as well as with God, including how praying and discussing spiritual issues as a group/family has changed.
The forum is expected to explore the topic where the WV traditional family is quickly giving way to another form of ‘family’ and what the implications of this are on the Ministry, World Vision, Church and State.
The family link is especially important to WV as it is instrumental in Child Well- Being targets which are WV’s focus for the next few years.
Approximately 80 participants, including African Regional Leaders, African National Directors, Advisory Council Chairpersons, the World Vision Board Chairperson, the 2013 Triennial Council Moderator and other key WVI senior leaders are expected to participate in the forum.