WHAT WE DO:
We stand alongside those living in poverty and advocate their basic human rights in an under-resourced health system.
Training of medical professionals
We train accredited surgeons and implement international standards for diagnotic laboratories to strengthen the national health system.
We equip communities to meet their needs in-depedent from outside help.
we strongly invest in:
Identification and mobilisation of local skills, resources, productivity
overcoming poverty-promoting worldviews
People empowered to think for themselves as agents of change
Ownership and autonomy for people living in poverty
development initiatives to be community-owned, not led or controlled by an NGO
Our approach focuses to see poverty- affected people becoming independent and breaking the traditional role of western donors and African recipients. This is becoming more and more important to us, as we have seen repeatedly, that the western approach of providing resources (ideally or materially or financially) reinforces the paralyzing feeling of powerlessness, dependency and the conviction that the poverty- affected people cannot improve their situation on their own.
Our approach therefore focuses on identifying and breaking these thought patterns. We want to ensure that the initiative and competence for change comes from the affected people themselves, and not from a western organization.
We gratefully experience, that the participants of our training rediscover their potential, and find solutions to problems that we as outsiders cannot even see. Retrospective, the participants say: "We did it all on our own, actMED actually didn't do anything ... now we might change any of our concerns, because we can!"
This is how we avoid dependencies and disappear to the background. Our approach therefore is pretty much the opposite of how organization are usually built. We try to avoid what we have identified as poverty-promoting in development aid, and we really want to take our Christian faith seriously, that says: Not your own influence, but service should be your hallmark. And so we want to apply the reverse Jesus principle when building our organization and to expand the capacity of others, instead of increasing ours.
Dr.med. Jens Vaylann, Assistant Prof. of Surgery (Loma Linde University, California, USA)
is trained as a general surgeon. The last years, he has worked as consultant in Kenya at Tenwek Hospital, training Kenyan physicians to become surgeons. He currently establishes the surgical training program in Malawi.
Dr. Eva Vaylann, Ph.D
holds a PH.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Originally, she worked in the field of metabolomics and protein research. She focuses on the implementation of international standards for diagnostic laboratories and the establishment of a decentralized bloodbank for Malawi.
MEET OUR TEAM:
Rev. Walter Rutto
heads the community training in Kenya and is the founder of the organization Transforming Compassion Network. For his work he received the "Inspiring people" award by Tearfund in 2013.
trained in Primary Health Care, he is now a passionate and experienced trainer in community work in Kenya and beyond.
is the local leader of the community training in Kenya.
Media and church training
is a media designer and heads the discipleship training in Germany.
Jose Luis Rodrigues
leader of the community training and the orphanage in Mozambique.
is holding a MA in counseling psychology. She lives in Kenya and seeks to provide counselling and life skills empowerment to the marginalized.
works as a Controller and serves in his local church.
We want to tell a new story
A story that is not about the needs of African people but of their knowledge and their ability to steward their own communities.
The old and single story about Africa communicates the devastating message that only the economically wealthy can save the poor. But in this story both parties become poorer: the economically poor become more and more paralyzed from taking initiative to steward their own communities, and the economically wealthy are further confirmed in the erroneous claim of having all the answers.
This is a story that creates stereotypes and truncated worldviews.
The people we work with are affected by chronic poverty. In addition to complex economic and political causes, we have learned that poverty-promoting beliefs have a crucial impact. Because our beliefs influence how we behave. Our program begins by identifying the beliefs that keep communities in poverty ...
Poverty reduction begins in the minds and hearts of all involved people
Our project approach focuses on strengthening the ability to act and the capacities of affected people. In this way, people will have true ownership of their development independent from external aid, and find solutions to problems that we cannot even see as outsiders. This returns the responsibility for development back into the competent hands of the people living in developing regions.
Local churches transformed and empowered by biblical worldviews practicing intentionally sacrificial neighborly-love to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs and to recover the broken and unjust social systems in every sphere of society.