Benedict Schwartz heard the call to begin creating orphan villages in Africa. God moved mightily, and soon the Children of Zion Village was built in Namibia. Benedict and his wife, Kathleen, talk to Dennis Rainey about their work and ministry in southwest Africa.
In 2001, Benedict Schwartz, a Christian businessman from Maryland, was given the call to begin creating orphan villages in Africa. God moved mightily, and after organizing a team from his church, the Children of Zion Village was built in Namibia. There are now 55 children there who are being raised in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
In 2004, Benedict was led to organize All Kids Can Learn International, Inc. (AKCLI), to spread the vision that churches and businesses can sponsor children's villages; and collectively can rescue millions of orphans around the world.
In 2006 we purchased a 230-acre farm in Zambia, and are planning to build children's villages there for 200 children. Africare, with 28 years of experience in Zambia, is partnering with us to make the farm into a commercial agricultural training center. Training for teenage and young adult orphans began in November 2006. Orphans will be given their own plots of land, formed into commercial cooperatives, and taught the entrepreneurial skills needed to earn a living through farming. Without real work and actual income, training is fruitless in an economy with 80% unemployment. The youth receive daily Bible instruction as part of their education