CPA works in partnership with African churches, development agencies and committed individuals to bring hope, inspire change and empower individuals, families and communities living in poverty in Africa.
Strong relationships are integral to the way we work, and allow us to work closely with our African partners to motivate and enable people and communities to help themselves.
Vision and Values
We firmly believe that we must begin with people and relationships, not with data and analysis.
If people are not empowered and encouraged then little else changes in the long term. We must also focus on more than just making people better off – amassing wealth does not, on its own, guarantee well-being. Our development approach looks towards healing and restoring body, mind, spirit, and community.
Our aim is to…
- Befriend and work alongside the poorest of the poor in Africa
- See their basic needs satisfied and dignity and hope restored
- See them realise their full potential
That’s why we’re involved in community led development projects, where the process of development belongs to the people.
Our role in Africa is not that of answer giver or problem solver but as people who stand alongside a community, who share in their ideas and vision for the future.
Along the way, we look to ensure that…
- We partner with national Christian churches or organisations who share the same vision and values
- Our development approach is holistic and deals with issues of body, mind, spirit, and community
- We don’t dictate terms, but work together with our partners in every project towards the same goals
- Our ‘partner communities’ understand that we value them above the programme itself and we always listen to what they have to say
- Our ‘partner communities’ take responsibility for implementing and monitoring their own projects. It’s they who ‘own’ the project. Not us
- Our programmes include all members of society, regardless of religious beliefs
- Where possible, we work towards projects becoming self-sustaining and communities becoming self-supporting