Jackson is a 29-year-old nonprofit director and youth minister whose organization Breaking Down Borders received
a government funded cuural preservation community improvement grant to help an underserved community in a foreign country for three months. Jackson picked an aboriginal community in southern Australia. Jackson compiles a team of project leaders and they outline the aims of their project and hope to help build a few small homes, deliver food and supply clean water and clothing. The community in question is dying out and their customs and rituals are being lost due to concerns about adequate sheer, heah care, food and water. There are about 80 people in the community, most of whom are older and in poor heah, with few children. It is projected that in 10 years their customs and community would be largely eliminated. At the programs end it reports that it managed to accomplish all of its practical goals by building a few homes treating several illnesses creates plans for locals to build an aqueduct system for clean water. The program also successfully gave the village some meals they shipped from America and western clothing to replace their tribal cloths. However, word got out that the program also converted 10 of the 18 local children under the age of 16 to Christianity, which they say was a lovely bonus but not the project’s primary aim. Many of the tribal elders were angry and wanted the project to leave once their youths began adapting to western ideologies. Jackson reveals in a post-project meeting that their mission project was always intended in the spirit of Jesus’s kindness and they never forced or denied anyone any help if they didn’t convert, but that his faith and his organization’s ideologies are inherently Christian ahough it is not a religious organization. However, Breaking Down Borders failed to disclose any mention of their religious ideological intention in their application because they feared discrimination and that they wouldn’t get the funds, stating that Christian groups often get an unfair stigma when all the want to do is help. Upon finding out about the aims of the project a nonprofit watchdog group filed a complaint about the organization for misconduct and their nonprofit status is revoked due to engaging inappropriate religious propaganda and didn’t comply with the standards of the project and potentially created more harm than good.
Do you think that Jackson and his group did anything wrong? Do you think they mismanaged the funds and duties?