African Leadership places a high value on the applicability and sustainability of knowledge – ensuring that our students are using and reusing what they learn in the classroom. One way this is done is through a focus on the relevancy of the material. In addition to a study Bible and ten-course curriculum, students also have access to additional course studies on issues such as HIV/AIDS and Islam – two things that are prevalent in many of their communities.
The HIV/AIDS course in particular has proved pertinent. In a three-lesson manual, students (or church members, small groups, etc.) learn how to combat the falsehoods and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. It also applies a biblical worldview, detailing the issues Christian leaders may face in their communities: from how to deal with questions about AIDS being a curse from ancestors to how to help those struggling with feelings of guilt and seeking God’s forgiveness.
African Leadership graduate Monica Odero is a prime example of what can come from such targeted and relevant lessons. Monica and her husband voluntarily moved to Kibera, a Nairobi slum suffering from the devastation of HIV/AIDS and a lack of food security. The government was providing anti-retroviral treatment to victims, but then leaving them stuck at that – victims. Monica’s vision was to offer nutritional and spiritual counseling to enable those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Kibera to lead healthier – and therefore, more symptom-free – lives. She has seen her vision come to fruition through the creation of HEKO, Heritage Kenya Organization. Because of Monica and HEKO, 475 people were served through spiritual counseling, sports outreaches, nutritional education, and peer groups in just the third quarter of 2013 alone.
Monica’s education moved her from student to advocate. Now Monica is moving her community from victim to victor.