Hundreds of children have benefited from the Bulembu success story!
Number of children in Bulembu's full-time care
Number of people who are served and treated by the Bulembu Clinic
Number of liters of milk produced each month by the dairy operation to meet Orphan Care program nutritional needs
In 2006, Bulembu was an abandoned and overgrown asbestos mining town. God provided the path for the purchase of the 4400 acres of property that comprise the town of Bulembu. The property has been purposed to house orphaned and vulnerable children. The community and ministry have been blessed with the business leadership and experience to lead an amazing social venture.
The vision of Bulembu is to raise leaders while restoring a town for sustainable Kingdom transformation by restoring hope, equipping lives, and building family through Christ-centered community care and enterprise.
Today, there are over 400 orphaned and vulnerable children that live in the formerly abandoned cottages of Bulembu. The children are fed simple but nutritious meals cooked by a dedicated staff. Another key component of what Bulembu Ministries does is teaching the children basic skills to succeed in life, such as tending to a vegetable garden, hand-washing and line-drying their clothes, and maintain the tidiness of their home. The Bulembu Christian Academy is led by committed teachers and staff that incorporate strong Christian values into the education of the children. In Bulembu there is the Bulembu Community Church, a health clinic, a commercial bakery, small general store, and many other enterprises to the support the mission of childcare for the orphaned and vulnerable children who come to Bulembu.
MEASURING PROJECT SUCCESS
Bulembu business enterprises include the commercial bakery, in addition to a golf course that has been repurposed as a dairy cow operation, a processing plant to harvest and package honey, a sawmill staffed by the men in the Bulembu community, the Bulembu Lodge and restaurant for travelers, and an artesian spring that supplies water to support a purification and bottling operation. Each enterprise has moved steadily towards self-sustainability which has led to Bulembu becoming less dependent upon donations.
Communities are transformed when generosity to the needy is based upon building sustainable businesses ventures. Members learn, grow, work, and manage profitable enterprises with the right entrepreneurial assistance throughout the process. This model is rapidly becoming the new standard for best practices to make the greatest impact in the world.
Partners In Action offers its success in Bulembu as evidence of the transformative truth that people want to thrive through their own efforts, not merely survive on hand-outs.