One More Child and Third Lens Ministries have been partners for many years. They have worked together to build homes, schools and other buildings in many countries. One big project has been centered in Uganda.
“One of the greatest impacts between Third Lens and One More Child is what’s happened in Uganda,” said Andrew Tattrie, the VP of the Global Childcare Division for One More Child. “We’ve been able to build several school buildings, missionary housing, and a dining hall. So quite a few different buildings that have had a huge impact on the community. It has allowed the Christian school to really expand, allow more students come to the school to receive education and receive biblical education as well. It’s been a great partnership. We really enjoy our partnership with Third Lens and really appreciate the hard work and Christ centeredness to their ministry as well.”
The two organizations not only work together, but also act as middle men to help each other find new partners.
“Both Third Lens and One More Child have been able to recommend other ministries or nonprofits to each other,” Tattrie said. “Either they’re in countries that neither one of us are serving in or there’s some exploration that’s happening. So very, very supportive. Third Lens is very supportive of us and us very supportive of Third Lens in those situations.”
For One More Child, the mission is to change and improve the lives of children and families through Christ-centered services. Part of the mission includes the projects partnered with Third Lens. There are many other ways One More Child goes about making those changes and improvements. They include a sponsorship program, feeding programs, mission trips, medical mission trips and a foster program in the United States.
“We serve in 13 countries around the world, focusing on helping vulnerable children and struggling families through Christ-centered services,” Tattrie explained. “What that looks like could be our sponsorship program, which helps with education, health, nutrition and spiritual development. We also have feeding programs, which help children and families that are malnourished or without employment and are not able to provide the food that they need for themselves or for their family. Then we also have community development projects, which Third Lens is a part of. We’ve built schools, and we’ve dug clean water wells. We’ve done education projects, and we’ve done some housing repairs which have included putting in latrines or bathrooms for either homes or facilities that need it that are part of our ministry.”
Currently, the two organizations are working on a project in the Dominican Republic. The project has several parts to it and multiple buildings to be constructed.
“We’ve talked and collaborated on a project in the Dominican Republic, where we’ve built homes and a community transformation center,” Tattrie said. “Moving forward, we’ve got a consultation about a police station or police outpost there in the Dominican Republic. We’ve also explored some other potential buildings that would be part of our ministry.”