Imagine assisting some of the poorest, most desperate people on the planet through a global network of Agribusiness Economic Development Centers.
Imagine giving people the opportunity to raise themselves up from poverty through an extraordinary global initiative. FreshMinistries is doing this work, through creation of agricultural business incubation programs to alleviate food insecurities throughout Africa, and in Haiti, the Virgin Islands and other island states.
FreshMinistries is honored to have received the blessing and support of Nobel laureate and renowned anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In 2018, Archbishop Tutu agreed to lend his name to our agricultural initiative, “The Desmond Tutu Program to End Global Hunger, a FreshMinistries Initiative.” The program was formally launched at a ceremony in New York in 2019 attended by supporters including Archbishop Tutu’s daughter, Naomi Nontombi Tutu.
FreshMinistries has received seed money to build aquaponics greenhouses and training facilities in communities in South Africa, and has established a team there that includes partners from Conservation South Africa.
FreshMinistries first began its international work in 2004, when it received a $10 million federal PEPFAR grant to create SYAFUNDISA, an HIV/AIDS prevention and education program in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia. This brought FreshMinistries into partnership with the late Bishop David Beetge and with Anglican leaders and parishes throughout Africa.
Through the years, we have provided disaster relief in Haiti, and launched enrichment and job-training programs internationally as well.
"Our primary goal is to strengthen economic development, and to fundamentally transform the lives of local citizens by addressing social and economic challenges that are by-products of food insecurity and poverty," says FreshMinistries' founder and CEO, the Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III.
According to Archbishop Tutu, the program "is quite exciting and has such a great potential for helping to eradicate poverty."
Youth outreach workers help recruit and train community members to advocate abstinence until marriage and faithfulness after marriage. They work throughout the church province, which includes South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia. Indigenous leaders are also recruited and trained to disseminate positive health messages in age-appropriate ways.
The Harvard School of Public Health reported that 900,000 African youth were either saved or positively impacted by the peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS prevention and anti-stigma education program, created by FreshMinistries and its partners.
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The imagination of the Angelican Communion has a challenge.
The late David Beetge, Angelican Bishop of the Highveld, once remarked: Often when all is said and done in the Church, more is said than done! But, as he well knew, it doesn't have to be that way.
In conversation with FreshMinistries' Chairman, The Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III, Dr. Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador and current Executive Director of the Global Fund, stated: "We have the program and funding to attack the tenets of poverty. What we need is an infrastructure through which to deliver it." Dr. Lee responded, "It already exists."
Learn more by downloading our e-book, Imagine a World Without Hunger.