Family Impact is a Christian faith based organization and we believe that a biblical approach to restoring family life is an essential strategy in promoting long term change across Africa.
Vision and values
Vision- Families for Africa delighting in Christ and passionate for the supremacy of God
Mission- Family Impact exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in Family life and relationships.
- To promote God’s pattern for family life in Africa
- To facilitate an understanding of HIV and AIDS and a family centered response to the pandemic
- To pioneer, implement and develop materials for new front line initiatives in family life and relationships
- To provide capacity building in family ministry
*In Southern and Eastern African culture, ubuntu means the capacity to express compassion, justice, reciprocity, dignity, cooperation, harmony and humanity in the interest of building, maintaining and strengthening communities.
(Note: we also have the 2 page statement of faith as in the Members Agreement which could go in if useful.)
Our beliefs guide how we manage our organization, how we employ staff and create relevant and dynamic programmes. Particular ways that our beliefs work out in practice are:
Programmes and materials
The materials we produce have a Christian base but are designed to be relevant for all people, no matter what their religious affiliation. They are taught to those of other faiths or no faiths. We are aware of the difficulty created by programmes which have proselytism as a main component. Any partner of Family Impact, is aware of our stance, and is open to read, review or comment on any materials in production.
Family Impact has developed many programmes and trainings for different communities across Africa and we ensure that they are community driven. Our programmes are often built by the communities involved to ensure cultural relevance and translated so that they are accessible as possible to the communities in which we work.
Family Impact believes in the “complementarian” view of roles between men and women. Men and women are equal but they have different roles. In our programming we ensure that the rights of both women and men are taken into consideration and we seek to create opportunities for open dialogue between couples, community members, wherever possible.
The poorest of the poor
Family Impact believes in providing a proportion of its programmes to those unable to access family strengthening services anywhere else. Materials are translated, simplified and taught in various ways, to support those with low literacy, the low income, the geographically isolated, and child headed households.
HIV and AIDS
Many of our programs respond to those who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids. This includes children as well as adults.
Sustainability and monitoring
Family Impact ensures that all programming is based on the training and development of local community members to ensure that learning transcends just Family Impact volunteers or staff and reaches the grassroots. We run Trainer of Trainers courses, Peer Education courses, and develop Champions for various programmes. In all our programming we have developed monitoring and evaluation strategies to measure impact, not just knowledge.
Family Impact is a fellowship of organizations who all subscribe to our vision and values. Member countries are at different stages in their programming, office size and capacity for implementation. Family Impact Management Team are committed to ensuring that significant time and resources are pointed towards strengthening the capacity of the movement to have the biggest impact it can, building and developing skill sets, and sharing best practice.