Access to Quality Education in C.A.R.

LPGM was founded by a strong and very personal connection to the small, land-locked country of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). It is a tale of three Tims and of God’s glory in triumph over tragedy (read a 1993 article from The Lutheran Magazine, "A Tale of Three Tims" (.pdf)). C.A.R is one of the very poorest and least known of African countries and has received little attention in the past by the world community.

Map of C.A.R.

Recent Program
Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced People

In July 2021, the Lutheran Church in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) sent a plea asking LPGM for emergency, life-saving food and basic necessities for internally displaced families around Bouar and Baboua, two of the cities where the church has a strong presence.

LPGM’s mission is focused on providing access to quality education to people on the margins — especially for women and girls. But students cannot learn when they are at risk of starvation. This acute crisis affects our shared mission: to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities.

Investing in these life-saving measures quickly, made possible by you, was the first step we could take toward providing brighter futures for these children and families.

Thanks to your gifts, families are being given food kits to help them through the crisis. Rice, beans, oil and spices are purchased locally in C.A.R., which allows the church to move quickly while supporting the local economy.

total number of CAR Village Savings & Loan Members
6,218 women, 6,264 men

families served through 2021 humanitarian aid 

the year Tim Olson was tragically killed while working in C.A.R. to build a church. From his global mission service, LPGM was founded in 1995.

Past Programs

Village Savings and Loan

In spite of the violence in C.A.R., the Village Savings and Loan Program had a remarkable economic impact on communities and individuals. In these groups, no outside capital was invested, so participants did not become indebted to an outsider. Instead, members continue to contribute what they can at weekly meetings. Loans are made from the combined savings, and at the end of a cycle, the savings and collected fees are distributed to participants.

Begun in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in C.A.R. via a European Union grant, over 160 savings groups were initially created. The E.U. grant ended, but church leaders wanted to continue training new groups in the program so that it would continue to grow. LPGM stepped in to assist in that growth.

Between 2012 and 2018, LPGM supported 491 VSL associations that engaged 12,482 members. The program’s continued growth amidst the country’s challenges affirms our belief in efforts to educate and empower community members to foster sustainable improvements, one person at a time.

Emmanuel Health Center at Gallo

January 2010 marked the dedication of a new health facility in a remote town in western CAR. The Emmanuel Health Center was a result of collaboration between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the C.A.R., Global Health Ministries and LPGM. While only three partners started the project, over 20 additional partners provided support throughout.

The plaque at the center’s entrance speaks of hope from the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. No longer shall a child live but a few days, nor will the elderly not live a full life.”

Our Partner
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Central African Republic

LPGM’s 20+ year partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of C.A.R. continues, despite the political and economic troubles in the country.

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