Volunteers from the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church are making plans to launch a micro-finance program to make loans that provide a more sustainable future to young entrepreneurs as they "age out" of an orphanage in Zimbabwe.
There is hope that they are inspired by an upcoming visit and talk by one of the founders of the Mother of Peace orphanage, Stella Cornneck (aka Sister Stella), at the church, said John Weems, the pastor for outreach and missions at LOPC. Sister Stella is due to speak at noon, Sunday, Dec. 9, at the church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette.
The community, located in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, offers a loving, stable and secure home environment where children living with or impacted by HIV are given housing, education, medical treatment and spiritual enrichment, said Weems.
In the orphanage program the church partners with Dr. Daniel Robbins of Lamorinda Pediatrics, who is executive director of the JF Kapnek Trust.