Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent, behind Asia in both categories. Countless children in Africa have to grow up without parents and in poverty. The unimaginable size of Africa ensures that things vary region by region, country by country, community by community. As a result, there is not one Africa – it is a region known for its variety and diversity in terms of everything from climate to culture to individual experiences.

14 out of many countries where poverty is currently rising are in Africa, according to a 2018 report by Brookings Institute. These projections indicate that if current trends continue, Africa will be home to 90% of the world’s poorest people by 2030. Africa is a continent where the majority of the world’s natural resources are found but instability and a lack of infrastructure have prevented their excavation.

The Challenges Children Face

Much work remains to be done with regard to education and empowerment in Africa. For example, 10.5 million children don’t attend school. 11 million children under the age of 14 are forced to perform child labor. Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are some of the most vulnerable children in the bloody civil war that is still raging. The country has one of the largest numbers of child soldiers in Africa.

Many children are denied the joy of childhood and an education across large section of the continent. They are barred from empowering themselves, crippled by poverty.

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Our Focus Area: Liberia 

Real-life stories in the country of Liberia are harrowing, filled with hardship, struggle, poverty, and pain. Located on the Western Coast of Africa, Liberia has a population of 4,818,428 people. 64% live below the poverty line, and 13 million live in extreme poverty (living on less than $2.00 a day). 60% of children are out of school with thousands of orphaned, disabled, abandoned and vulnerable children due to their parents’ death, poverty, and many tragic circumstances, including the Ebola virus or Liberia’s violent civil war. Thousands of young people, called Zogos, who were victims of Liberia’s 14-year civil war are involved in street crimes such as theft, physical attack, and harassment of pedestrians. They are mostly found in ghettos, cemeteries, marketplaces, unfinished buildings, liquor shops and on street corners. Their main sources of survival are thievery, car loading and begging.

Yet within his difficult landscape, the people of Liberia have a positive spirit. They want to better their lives and hold hope for a brighter future. The driving force of the Delano King Foundation is the desire to help orphans, disable, abandon, and underprivileged children and families of Liberia build themselves up and break free of the cycles of poverty, disease, and hunger through direct aid, supplies, and service and training through Christ’s spirit and love.

DKF in Action

The life-changing work of the Delano King Foundation in Liberia is best seen in our stories of aid to the orphans, disable, abandoned and underprivileged children and families of Liberia.

  • On Christmas Day of 2018 and 2019, DKF volunteers served dinner to over 1,000 orphans, people with disabilities, and underprivileged children and families living in the area of Logan Town and Caldwell, Liberia.
  • In 2017 and 2019, Delano King Foundation shipped boxes of food, clothing, footwear, bibles, school supplies, and toiletries to over 300 orphans and underprivileged children living in 72nd Paynesville, and Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia.
  • Delano King Foundation awarded Tetee Williams (orphaned), with the Delano King Foundation Africa Orphans Initiative Scholarship to a private Christian School in 72nd Liberia in 2018, 2019 and 2020 school year. Tetee Williams scholarship covered tuition, uniform, fees, supplies, and a stipend to help with food and transportation.
  • Delano King Foundation located a foster parent for Francis Williams who was abandoned by his parents due to birth defects. Missing his left arm and having only two fingers on his right hand, he was considered a burden since he would not be able to help farm. Delano King Foundation provides monthly financial support for the child from his birth to present.

Youth Empowerment

DKF goal is to invest in Liberia and across Africa for the long term, building schools, clinics and empowering young people in understanding their God’s given potentials. We strive to build leaders of the future by giving youth the tools to handle adversity in all its forms.

To prepare the people we served for employment success, we work to provide Vocational Training to enable youth to acquire the hard and soft skills required for today’s – and tomorrow’s – job market.