Ready to Join the Journey?
Joining the Journey means clicking the button to Donate Now, sponsoring a walk, hosting a book group, or participating in any of the suggestions below. But it’s also much more than that!
It’s knowing in your gut that there has to be a better way forward for the children of our world. It’s supporting the dreams of students you may never meet who long for an education, a chance to work their way out of poverty.
It’s believing that one step at a time, one child at a time, you can make a difference in this world we all call home.
1. Sponsor a "Walk with Ambe"
Good Shepherd SLF, the US parent organization of Imagining Tomorrow, is the African Affiliate of Durga Tree International, a foundation which supports non-profits that combat human trafficking. They have developed a walk called Lacing Up For Freedom to highlight issues of human trafficking and to honor Ambe of Good Shepherd Home, who was kidnapped on his five-mile walk to school.
Children in Cameroon too often fall prey to ruthless kidnappers involved in human trafficking. Miraculously, Ambe escaped, but many children are not so lucky.
Participants should gather sponsors for the five-mile walk to honor Ambe and all children who are trafficked throughout the world. By providing a safe, secure environment, students at Good Shepherd Academy, our initial project, will no longer be vulnerable to trafficking and many other risks.
2. Good Shepherd Sunday Outreach Project
Join the Good Shepherd Academy Family by participating in our Good Shepherd Sunday Outreach Project! In Christian churches Good Shepherd Sunday occurs on the third or fourth Sunday in the Easter Season. The next Good Shepherd Sunday will be May 3, 2020.
The name derives from the gospel reading for the day, which is taken from the tenth chapter of John's Gospel. In this reading Christ is described as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.
Support the students of Good Shepherd Academy in Cameroon by purchasing life-changing gifts from our Academy Gift Catalog. Take up the offering on Good Shepherd Sunday and send it to us at the address provided, along with a list of gifts purchased. Your church will receive a plaque, welcoming you to the Good Shepherd Academy Family, and lots of smiles from our GSA students!
3. Form a Book Group
Read I Am That Child using the Reading Group Study Guide contained in the book. Supplement your discussions by having participants research Africa in general or Cameroon specifically. Study African culture, get involved, make up your own ways to help, and let us hear from you via firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Host a Gathering
5. Dedicate a Special Event in your Life to at-risk Cameroonian children
Celebrate your birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other special event during the year by promoting gender equality in education and educating Cameroonians students for a sustainable world. Ask for donations in lieu of gifts.
6. Highlight World Orphan Week, the second Monday in February each year
There are 143 million orphaned children living in the world today and as many as 100 million more children abandoned worldwide, living in substandard and dangerous conditions (UNICEF estimates). World Orphan Week is an excellent time to raise awareness about this crisis. Host a program highlighting information about the Good Shepherd Home orphans who will receive full scholarships to Good Shepherd Academy, along with other at-risk children and paying students.
Share the news that Good Shepherd SLF and GSAA will provide free tuition to Good Shepherd Academy to orphans of Good Shepherd Home in Bamenda, Cameroon, and invite donations.
Choose one of your passions and donate the proceeds to the Imagining Tomorrow project. Let your students know where their fees are going. Urge them to read I Am That Child and join the journey with you.