Churches of Christ and Kids Hope Australia: A New Alliance

Monday, 20 March 2017

Kids Hope Australia (KHA) is the largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program in the country. Since 2004 thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. These caring relationships have a significant impact on children, helping meet their emotional and social development needs and enhancing their capacity to learn. KHA mentored children consistently show increased self-esteem, confidence, and resilience.

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT) is a network of around 130 churches and agencies committed to doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion. CCVT knows that intentional neighbourhood engagement is central to achieving this goal. CCVT affirms the training and resources provided by KHA as an effective tool for this engagement. A number of churches who are part of CCVT have linked with local schools to provide KHA trained mentoring.

CCVT and KHA are therefore delighted to announce that they have established an ‘alliance’ partnership that will ensure many more disadvantaged Australian children have an opportunity to be mentored.

The alliance is a further expression of CCVT’s commitment to its mission of living out Jesus’ values in our neighbourhoods, and inviting others to do the same. There is great synergy between the two organisations as both KHA and CCVT are committed to equipping the people of God and releasing them to stand with and serve the marginalised.

Through the partnership, CCVT will support KHA by providing some funding through its Community Care arm. It will also provide ‘back office’ support where possible, and further raise KHA’s profile through the national Churches of Christ network, initially in Queensland. This support will enable KHA to continue to work towards a sustainable, independent financial future, and to resource existing and new church affiliates as they mentor more children through the KHA program.

KHA greatly appreciates this Holy Spirit inspired opportunity and looks forward to all that will flow from the alliance with CCVT. CCVT believes that the KHA mentoring model is a vital, transferrable tool to equip churches and agencies to engage their neighbourhoods.

Both KHA and CCVT thank all those who support and participate in this vital ministry, and ask for your continued prayer as new opportunities are explored and implemented together.

Lydia Harb

Paul Cameron

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