The idea of Faithful House isn’t just to save marriages, though. The rate of prevalence for HIV is still worryingly high in the region, despite years of intervention. The Diocese realised that, to make a real difference, they needed to tackle some of the dangerous cultural norms in the area. These included polygamy, early or forced marriage and high-risk behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse and promiscuity. In short, if you nurture faithfulness and respect, then, to an extent, sexual health issues begin to look after themselves.
A fresh start
The training and counselling Robert and Elizabeth received has completely transformed their marriage. Robert feels relieved and free.
‘This training was God’s plan for my family,’ says Robert. ‘It was an eye-opener for us, and totally transformed our marriage. I have seen the Lord delivering me from being a slave to drinking. We are happy and are planning and working together to transform our situation.
There are plenty of ways they will be able to do this. Vulnerable couples like Robert and Elizabeth are receiving special training and support, to help them generate a proper income. They’ll learn about how to join a local savings scheme and receive training in business skills, agriculture and financial management.