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Africa Renewal: Pader Child Development Program

Africa Renewal: Pader Child Development Program

Africa Renewal: Pader Child Development Program was established in 2015, and there are currently 300+ children who are now enrolled and attending school, receiving spiritual and leadership training, and medical attention when needed – thanks to the generosity of individual sponsors from Austin Ridge.

In the Fall of 2015, Austin Ridge in partnership with Africa Renewal launched an additional Child Development Program through our church partner - Pader Community Church.

385 children are currently receiving the following assistance:

  • Education: Neither public or private school is free, so families receive help with a percentage of their child's school fees.
  • Heathcare: If a child becomes sick, sponsorship provides access to the local clinic and medication. Ongoing health issues like HIV, or chronic medical conditions are also treated. Children also provided access to mosquito nets and soap.
  • Leadership Development: The CDP staff are intentional through school and home visits, camps, Awana programs for younger children, and life skills for older children.
  • Discipleship Training: Each child is known, cared for in Jesus name. They are taught that no matter what background or family situation they come from, God sees them, knows them and has created them in His image with unique gifts.

Our ask is for sponsors to continue their sponsorship, until their sponsored child finishes high school. At times, that isn't possible, and in that case, our CDP volunteer coordinator works to find a new sponsor from our sponsor form.

To start the process of sponsoring a child, please complete the "sponsor a child" form.

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  • Clark Richardson

    Clark Richardson

    Clark is a Waco native and a Dallas Baptist University graduate. His non-traditional college and career track within the landscape industry and fundraising/development unknowingly prepared him for such a time as this. Over a number of trips to Uganda, God opened his eyes to how he could use his gifts and talents both locally and globally for the Kingdom. That led him to put his “yes” on the table in 2016, and the rest is history. He married up when landing his beautiful wife, Natalie, in 2010, and they have two children, Graham and Isla. He is a jack of all trades and master of none. He enjoys being a dad of two and when there is time, hunting, sports, dabbling with smoking meat, and campfires.