Self Development of People 2017 Fund Recipients

The Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Self-Development of People Committee is pleased to announce the African Family Health Organization and the Black Male Leadership Initiative and have been awarded grants from the 2017 National Self Development of People Fund (PCUSA). Each program has been awarded $8,000 for programmatic activities.

The African Family Health Organization applied for the 2017 SDOP grant to support its African Women’s Empowerment Program. The African Women’s Empowerment Program’s primary goal is to strengthen the ability of vulnerable African and refugee women with multiple and complex needs to move to independence and stability in the communities in which they reside. The program helps African immigrant and refugee women to improve their access to basic needs and mainstream resources by providing ESL classes, interpretation resources in dealing with bureaucracies, as well as parenting and life skills training.

The Black Male Leadership Initiative is a partnership between First African Presbyterian Church and The Fatherhood Institute. It is an intergenerational program that uses an African-centered curriculum to promote mentoring relationships between adult males and boys 10-18 years old. Promoting education, spiritual formation, and life skills are emphasized. Trips to post-secondary institutions and cultural venues are planned this year.

How is Self-Development of People Funded? Proceeds from One Great Hour of Sharing are divided among Hunger Efforts, Disaster Relief, and the Self-Development of People. This year, Self-Development of People Sunday will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Churches are encouraged to highlight the work and witness of SDOP. For more information, please visit the national SDOP