Mission, Vision and Values
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy..." (Psalm 12)
ab amorem Dei
To challenge despair, love boldly, and help African people create a future of sustainable prosperity and health. We give ourselves in service to others regardless of economic, religious, or social standing.
To restore the hope and dignity found in Christ to those devastated by war, poverty, or disease.
"It is easy to describe need in Africa in physical terms, like famine, poverty, etc. but what is most critical in terms of understanding the true barriers to development is to appreciate the hopelessness and apathy that cycles of war and famine and even NGO attempts to alleviate these conditions have created."
-Calvin Echodu, CEO, Pilgrim Africa
Love is never content with half-measures. As those we seek to serve deserve our best, we seek to challenge apathy and despair with with courage, ingenuity, and authentic relationship..
Pilgrim Africa was started in 2001 by Ugandan volunteers who risked their lives to bring food, medicine, and counseling to refugees of the long civil war with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Pilgrim Africa today has strong African leadership at both the senior staff and board level, and is widely respected and connected in the communities in which it works.
Indigenous investment provides:
- insight into local need
- commitment to "stay the course"
- depth of network for implementation
Pilgrim Africa pursues partnership at the local, national, and international levels, believing that transformational change requires investment and interest from all levels of society.
At Pilgrim Africa our aim is to come alongside, listen, and learn from those we seek to serve. This means, among other things, offering ourselves in genuine friendship, and accepting genuine friendship in return.
Cross-sector collaboration is necessary to revitalize many aspects of African society. Our programs are designed to holistically address core challenges, and to engage diverse stakeholders and changemakers.