What Does Politics In America Mean To The Common African?

The suffering of African children

Many African children face diverse problems including eating three square meal per day, yet they share their food

Africans queue in the sun for many hours to cast votes for the leaders and when they win, they leave them to wallow in poverty

As a matter of fact, politics in America don’t mean anything significant to the common African who struggles to find something to eat every day and how to educate his children because education in Africa is a luxury, not everyone can afford. The reason Africa is one of the continents with a high rate of street children.

Some of the African leaders who have close ties with America are those that may find it restless over who becomes the next president after Obama. Because Obama’s administration has supported the corrupt system in Africa, helping them to stay in power as long as they wish without taking the suffering masses into consideration.

The common African wants to know which American leader is going to stop our leaders from stealing our money abroad, and the monies already there how are we going to get it back to develop our country? The common African wants to know from the next president of America, why Aids and Ebola have killed Africans more than any nationals on earth?

The common African wants to ask the next American president why there isn’t any statue of Adolf Hitler for killing six million Jews but there is a statue of Leopold II in Belgium after killing over ten million Africans, including women and children. Because that’s abetting and aiding of crime if the Belgium government says they are fighting against crime including terrorism in the country.

The common African wants to ask African leaders why do Africans toil from morning till evening and vote for their leaders, yet they continue to disappoint them and do anything significant for them?

The common African wants to know why there are qualified doctors in Africa, yet many African leaders seek miracle treatments abroad, are they not subjecting our Africans doctors to mockery and ridicule?

Finally, it’s time for suffering Africans to ask if it worth to vote for any African leader, because the situation in Africa is called ‘Wasted Votes Syndrome.’

My Mission In Africa To Rescue Street Children

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The project coordinator and founder of KOINONIA STREET CHILDREN REHABILITATION, Eugenia Daskalopoulou-Tarlizou behind the plan of a school project ready to be built in Africa

Many ask why Africa has a vast amount of natural resources, including gold, bauxite, diamonds, oil,iron ore etc, yet many children live on the streets?

Poverty, lack of education and broken homes, are some of the causes which have led to street child explosion in Africa.

In a continent paralyzed by corruption, many are unemployed and those working are poorly paid. They can’t take care of themselves let alone their children. Children who are lucky to escape hard street life end up as child labourers abused by adults.

In such unfriendly atmosphere, facing hunger and violence, many of these children turn to drugs addicts, glue sniffers and indulge in juvenile crimes.

Solving The Plight Of Street Children In Africa

Even though many are not interested in issues pertaining Africa, there are others too that have taken the hardest challenges to cater for the welfare of street children. One of such organisations working directly with street children in Africa, creating a friendly environment and providing educating for them is ‘Koinonia.’

The Koinonia Street Children Rehabilitation Project is an organisation based in Belgium. The project initially took off  in Uganda in 2000 and has grown to 4 different projects in the country.

On Monday, July 11, 2016, I called at the offices of ‘Koinonia’ in Antwerp, to meet the founder of the project, Madam Eugenia Daskalopoulou-Tarlizou, to find out why she has taken the challenges of providing educational facilities to poor street children, while many aren’t interested in such non-profit projects?

Below are the excerpts of the interview

Joel: Why did you decide to take the welfare of street children in Africa into consideration?

Eugenia: Firstly, Africa is a continent with a sad history. It’s very hard and emotional to watch  documentary films on what many children go through daily without education, food, and shelter and secondly, my close relation with God also inspired me to begin the project to assist street children.

 Joel: How challenging it was to begin that project?

Eugenia: I knew how tough it would be to assist children in that situation because  many are orphans and psychologically abused, but when you are determined to do something you must be prepared as well to overcome those impediments along the line. You need to leave your home, leaving your children behind, that’s very hard to take sometimes.

Joel: ‘Koinonia,’ is the organisation’s name, is it affiliated with any Belgium organization?

Eugenia: No, it is not affiliated with any Belgium organisation but three years ago, we submitted an application requesting for development subsidy. The outcome is positive just this month.

Joel: Koinonia, is a non-profit organisation running since the year 2000, how do you provide education to those desperate children?

Eugenia: The question is just as tough as the challenges we meet mobilizing people and raising funds. “The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few.” We run church service and through individuals willing to donate something but always the funds aren’t sufficient to handle the problems in the badly affected communities. Will you quit what you love to do because of lack of money? Not at all, the heart of God always seeks for the needy.

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Eugenia Daskalopoulou-Tarlizou, the founder of Koinonia Street Children Project In Uganda

Joel: How do wish to see ‘The Koinonia Street Children Rehabilitation Project’ in the next five or ten years?

Eugenia: The project initially took off  in Uganda in 2000 and has grown to 4 different projects in the country. We want to give access to education to children in the poorest rural locations in Uganda too. There is already laid plan to build a large school and what we intend to build is what you saw minutes ago. The project is in its initial stages but we need people’s support to execute it, so we invite everyone interested.

Joel: “Every child that is born into this world should be brought up with love and be educated to become a decent adult,” that’s one of your priorities, how is the  life of orphans and street children giving them the opportunity to educational facilities?

Eugenia: It’s like giving them a second life when suddenly finding themselves in the classrooms. One needs courage, Christ’s motivation and the love of God to carry on because it’s a tough job to take care of street children.

Joel: Thank you for your time, Eugenia.

Eugenia: You’re welcome.

The official website of Koinonia Street Children Project: http://www.koinoniakids.org/

The Flood Of False Prophets And Pastors In Africa

Pray 6Poor Africans have to sacrifice to get fake pastors riding in expensive cars.

When Jesus Christ foretold the major trends that would precede His return to earth, the first sign He mentioned was religious imposters who would come in His name. How serious do people take that warning?

Africa at the moment is experiencing a chain of mushroom pastors. Small churches are springing up everywhere, including classrooms, small sheds or someone’s veranda. Poverty and lack of education have forced a lot of people to become pastors in Africa, going after money and neglecting the duties of a true pastor.

To be a pastor one needs to study at a religious institution, learn the scriptures thoroughly, follow theological training and complete seminary courses.  After studying, he is then ordained as a pastor, but in Africa, the story is different. Only few that have absolute confidence in faith take the challenge to go to school.

To many being a pastor is the easiest profession, after dropping out of school. You can often see them at public places and in buses, preaching to people and passengers. Well, I don’t think it’s wrong to preach, after all Jesus told his disciples “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” but the fact that many used God’s name to commit crime is very disturbing.

What kind of a pastor would tell a woman to be naked before prayers, to receive the Holy Spirit? What kind of pastor would tell his female congregation not put on pants, so that the air could circulate on every part of the body? What kind of a pastor tells a woman he could make her pregnant if her husband has failed? What kind of pastor would perform such deeds and call himself a genuine pastor?

“Stealing in the name of the Lord, my father’s house of worship has become a den of thieves, stealing in the name of the Lord. This reminds me of a song by Jamaican Reggae star, Max Romeo. The so-called pastors neglect the real duties of a pastor and continuously deceive people, often using this Biblical quotation: “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11.

Without knowing where they went for their powers, some African pastors practiced witchcraft, used marine spirits and magical powers to baffle people, allowing them to gain a number of followers. The poor people with diverse problems start following these fake pastors, giving them all their money and properties, while in misery and poverty.

They claim can cure impotency, make a childless woman fertile and cure diseases including Aids. The activities of false pastors in Kenya forced the country’s attorney general to ban new religious organizations from registering. The sharp increase of fake pastors is tearing African societies apart. Badly affected countries are Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa etc.

The problem in African countries is, there is no law which stops a man from practicing his faith, thus; the activities of fake pastors in Africa can’t be stopped since the leaders are just corrupt like the pastors. But we will continue to remind and warn them with the words of the great teacher.

Jesus said “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:13.

A hilarious video mocking fake pastors in Africa.