From its foundation, PIPES has been committed to educating indigenous peoples with the teachings of scripture, as well as basic life skills.
As outsiders, it is easy to look at a different culture with the perspective of one's own experiences and background, subsequently imposing ideas and practices on a people that may or may not serve them beneficially. In an effort to preserve the cultural heritage of all indigenous people, PIPES International uses the Holy Bible as the sole grid for spiritual, moral and discipleship education.
In other words, PIPES is not in the business of Americanizing people. We are in the business of gospelizing the lost.
For any society to grow and flourish, organized education must be made a priority, and it must be made available to all. Many indigenous peoples however, like the Pygmies of Congo, Burundi, & Rwanda, are not afforded the basic right of education for their children.
PIPES International is advocating for this basic human right on behalf of the indigenous peoples we serve.
PIPES is also building primary and secondary schools in the villages that we have direct contact with.
Academy for Indigenous Peoples
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
Founded in 2011, Hope Academy was built by PIPES International as a safe haven for all indigenous young people in Goma, Congo. Today the school employs 25 staff and serves 600 students.
"Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development."
-Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan