Out of Africa

Covenant Mercies in Glen Mills is changing the lives of AIDS orphans and other needy communities in Uganda, Zambia and beyond.

When Doug Hayes first met 6-year-old Roselyn in Uganda, she’d lost her parents to AIDS, syphilis sores covered her body and head, and her grandmother couldn’t afford medical care. Hayes brought the child to a clinic, where she quickly recovered. Roselyn is now a healthy 12-year-old. “I’ll never forget the moment I learned that the total bill for this lifesaving treatment was $4.37,” says the executive director of Covenant Mercies in Glen Mills.

Founded in 2002 by Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Covenant Mercies is an independent, faith-based nonprofit devoted to changing the lives of the needy, especially children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Working with churches in Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia, it serves almost 1,000 orphans and provides full-time positions to adults in Africa. Its 100-plus volunteers have built homes in Uganda for kids without extended relatives as guardians, and over $1 million has been raised since the 2003 inception of its Orphan Sponsorship Program.

On May 2, 2009, Covenant Mercies will hold a benefit concert, “A Note of Hope,” featuring well-known local jazz artists. “There will always be a greater number of children we can’t serve than those we can, but the lives we’re able to touch are changed forever,” Hayes says.

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To learn more, visit covenantmercies.org or call (610) 361-0606.

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