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which means working together in
spiritual cooperation. It’s the word
used by Nehemiah when he was
rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
The COVID-19 epidemic has amplified the impact of Clusters to
a huge extent. As few outsiders
are able to visit, more and more
communities are realising that
they can do so much themselves.
There is an expression “health
of the people, for the people, by
the people”. This is increasingly
happening, and it works beautifully alongside the support that
external donors, local hospitals
and clinics are able to provide.
So in Arukah Network, this is the
model we have adopted and which
we find is working so well. It’s
incredible to hear the stories
of what communities are able
to do, meaning fewer people
have to go to hospital and more
village health workers can be
trained. The hospitals then have
more time and resources to cope
with the really serious cases
because others have been prevented or cured in the community.
The Uttarakhand Cluster was
involved with disaster relief from
severe storms and flooding in
areas where no government
workers were able to reach. In
that Cluster, the Hindu BJP state
government originally made life
difficult for Christian organisations. But now that many programmes work together as a registered Cluster, the government
is more willing to encourage our
work. They have even asked the
Cluster to help carry out community health programmes and
train government health officers.
One Cluster in Zambia organised a
feeding programme during the recent period of drought and was able
to bring in outside supplies to feed
hundreds of malnourished children.
In Rwanda, Covid has seriously affected remote village areas
and the Cluster has been identifying and visiting the most
vulnerable to bring support
and supplies where households
have not been able to manage.
In Kenya our Cluster has been
working to bring different tribal
groups together. During the early
lockdown, when police were working long hours and sometimes being abusive, some Cluster members
actually cooked and provided food
for them while they were working.
During COVID-19, all programmes
have been working in a variety of
ways to visit families with food and
supplies, support children and help
migrants who have no homes. Perhaps, most crucially, to encourage
people to have vaccines and to try
and speak Truth and overcome the
lies and conspiracy theories, which
are further fuelling the pandemic.
member, but also has an impact
beyond the immediate area. Our
largest Cluster serves about 50
member organisations and here
the impact would be many thousand. The Cluster in Uttarakhand,
North India, is having a widespread
impact in a variety of ways. One
F U T U R E G R O W T H priority this year is to measure
As the Cluster model is proving so more carefully what each Cluster is
successful we are longing to extend doing and the impact they are having.
our work, strengthen each Cluster
and help new Clusters to ripple out: Please pray for strength and
both in the countries where we are encouragement for Cluster leadworking and soon in other coun- ers and members in the really
tries. We work in five countries at desperate situations many are
present and have nine Clusters. experiencing because of COVID-19,
Some are quite small bringing to- for Clusters to become ingether six to 12 different organ- creasingly strong and effecisations and influential leaders. tive, and for more to be formed.
Each Cluster not only brings
strength for each programme www.arukahnetwork.org