One day Farzam heard George Snyman, CEO of Hands at Work in Africa, speak at a Toronto Church during the international AIDS conference. He was so challenged and inspired that he asked George if he could use an architecture student in Africa. In 2006, Farzam spent a year with Hands at Work in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, working alongside African leaders to serve the poorest of the poor.
When he returned, Farzam and Hannah began spending more time together, connecting deeply over their passion for the marginalized in Africa, and changed by their experiences there. Their relationship progressed, and they got married in 2011! They have spent 5 wonderful years here in Toronto since being married, during which they have had two children; Hope (2), and Dawn (1). Also during this time, Farzam finished his graduate studies in architecture and entered the profession, and Hannah taught at a number of schools and kids programs in some of Toronto's priority neighbourhoods. They have also been deeply involved in a local neighbourhood Church plant in Toronto's East end where they live. All the while the Mohajers have been expectant that one day they would head back to Africa.
Of all the organzations they have spent time with, they have come to deeply respect and believe in the work of Hands at Work. (www.handsatwork.org)
In Africa's poorest villages, HIV/AIDS, orphaned children and poverty are still at overwhelming levels, and support structures are very low. (There are currently 52 million orphans in Sub Saharan Africa) Hands at Work is striving to reach the most vulnerable in the poorest communities across 8 African nations. Without access to food, education and basic health care, children are left extremely vulnerable. The goal of Hands at Work is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through its unique model of community care. In the Hands at Work model, orphaned children are kept within family-unit groups headed by a grandmother, an aunt, or an elder sibling within the community. Hands at Work identifies, comes alongside and supports these families. As the local church is mobilized in each African community to unite and reach out, they are equipped to provide holistic support to the most vulnerable children and families in their community, including access to food, education and basic health care. (please see http://www.handsatwork.org/our-model/ for more info)
Farzam, Hannah, Hope and Dawn have been accepted to go as a family this September to South Africa, to volunteer for initially one year with Hands at Work.
As this is a volunteer position, there is no paid salary. Farzam will be leaving the office he has established in Toronto (www.sparrowstudio.ca), and they will need to raise the funds needed to cover their costs there. Some of the expenses include airfare, living costs, health insurance, visas and vaccinations, and the purchase of a second hand vehicle.
A signifcant amount of these costs need to be raised before they can leave in September. The Mohajers would be so grateful if you would consider contributing towards this cause, enabling them to join Hands at Work as they serve the most poor and vulnerable across 8 Sub Saharan African countries. They have been so blessed by a wonderful network of friends and family in their lives, and would feel honored if you would consider becoming a part of this journey with them.
Thank you for reading this, and for considering partnering with this family to serve the children of Africa. They look forward to updating you on the journey!
P.S. Do you have more questions? We would love to hear from you. Also feel free to read our answers to some FAQ's about volunteering in Africa here: http://txt.do/5wzyh
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