The FAAF, or African Family Life Federation, is an initiative for the support of healthy families and the protection of life and involves doctors of various disciplines, theologians, priests, religious and lay pastoral workers. Its aim is to support families and help them to tackle their problems, offering Africa-friendly, family-friendly pro-life solutions, as opposed to the alien Western-style solutions which many Africans have by now seen through as a “culture of death.” Instead, they seek to promote a “culture of life” of the kind so frequently referred to by the late Pope Saint John Paul II.
In Togo, in West Africa, the programs of the FAAF were established in 2005. In the Diocese of Aneho in the southeast of the country, five people have been engaging in activities such as giving introductory talks and sessions in the parishes to encourage more people to become aware of issues surrounding marriage and the family, and training them to be able to accompany families and married couples. The meetings address such questions as, “What is God‘s plan for marriage?” and “What does it mean to be a mother or a father?”
Couples are encouraged to talk together and grow in mutual love and respect. Another important aspect is natural family planning, which observes and respects the natural, God-given fertility cycle of the woman. Husbands also learn in this way to respect their wives and respect their bodies. The goal is an education in love, which emphasizes the beauty and value of human sexuality and the human body and the importance of fidelity and responsibility and openness to life. It is an important way to counter the practice of abortion, and also the spread of AIDS. At the same time, the program aims to help and accompany families and married couples in conflict and crisis situations.
There is a great demand for these talks and for personal counseling, and they are hoping to be able to train up 10 more female counselors. Printed information materials are also needed.
ACN has promised $10,400 in support of this laudable initiative.
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