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Frank Dimmock

Frank Dimmock is the Catalyst in World Mission, responsible for networking U.S. Presbyterians with Global Partners to address the Root Causes of Poverty. Special attention is being given to the critical issues that affect Women and Children. The initial campaign of this initiative is: “Educate a Child, Transform the World: Quality Education for One Million Children by 2020.” The Poverty Blog will be a platform for sharing challenges, ideas, resources and opportunities, and work together in a community of mission practice to mitigate global poverty.

To learn more about the World Mission poverty critical global initiative and ways to support the campaign, visit our website or like our Facebook page.

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May 4, 2016

Partners in Zimbabwe show strong commitment to education

Zimbabwe’s once formidable education system, which became one of Africa’s best in the decades following independence in 1980, has been hit hard by spending cuts and economic contractions in the 21st century. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s global partners in Zimbabwe have a strong commitment to education as a mechanism for tackling poverty and enabling all Zimbabweans to know life in fullness. 

Soon after independence, the Harare Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) turned most of its schools over to the government, retaining only one, a primary school at Nyabira, as a ...

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April 18, 2016

Bethel Evangelical Secondary School helps Ethiopian girls complete high school, overcome poverty

By guest blogger: Steve Stelle, mission co-worker in Ethiopia since 2013

One day, outside the gate of the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS) campus, people were digging and constructing a new concrete ditch for the road. Many of the workers were young women, between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. Amanuel Tesfaye, principal at BESS, said these girls either did not pass the 10th grade national exams and were not allowed to finish high school or they had dropped out of school because of personal problems. They worked for 40 birr a day (approximately $2 USD). These ...

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April 4, 2016

New education ministry tailored to meet needs of Syrian refugees

On April 7, I will travel to Lebanon and Syria to visit the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) schools and meet with mission co-worker Scott Parker. 

Below is a recent Presbyterian News Service article written by Scott, which explains the importance of the new education ministry:



It is mid-winter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, but it is the first month of school for 100 Syrian children. Although the surrounding villages are filled with plenty of school-age Syrian children playing and selling chewing gum in the streets, these kids are glad to be in the classroom ...

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February 26, 2016

One example of how education is helping transform lives in South Sudan

By guest blogger: Leisa Wagstaff, mission co-worker in South Sudan since 2013

Meet Simon. He is 14 years old with very long legs. His tallness is something that he has inherited from his people – the South Sudanese. He has also inherited a homeland that has seen more war than peace during his short life. Nothing has come easily for him and he has experienced many negative things. Several years ago, his family fled their native area of Pibor because of internal conflict between the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) government and the South Sudan Defense Army (SSDA) Cobra faction led ...

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