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An orphanage that changed its vision

An orphanage that changed its vision

Written by on October 3, 2014 in Featured Posts, Voices from the Field with 2 Comments

Can an orphanage transform into something better? The story of Asian Hope will inform and inspire you. Discover what it took for the director of a children’s home to ask hard questions and risk changing direction.  I am an international adoptive parent. I understand deeply the passion, drive, reward, and challenges of bringing a child out of an institution […]

Advice for a young leader who wanted to start an orphanage

Advice for a young leader who wanted to start an orphanage

Written by on June 22, 2014 in Voices from the Field with 8 Comments

One day an experienced Christian worker picked up the phone to call a young woman who was planning to open an orphanage in Haiti. This is what she said. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of leading multiple teams overseas with World Orphans. Part of my job that I love is getting to educate […]

How families are taking care of even the most vulnerable children

How families are taking care of even the most vulnerable children

Written by on June 19, 2014 in Featured Posts, Voices from the Field with 1 Comment

Read about one man’s journey on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children, including stories you won’t forget.  Will you join in the change that’s coming? I heard a story from a man I was training in Myanmar. A number of years before, when his parents were visiting a rural village, his mother happened to use a […]

Training changing lives of children in Uganda

Training changing lives of children in Uganda

Written by on June 19, 2014 in Featured Posts, Voices from the Field with 17 Comments

A sometimes mind-blowing firsthand account of an ambitious attempt to improve the care of orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. It started in a cramped government office in Kampala There are at least 50,000 children in residential care in the Uganda, a huge number by any standard. Uganda has been called the NGO capital of the world, and while […]

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How a “brown-skinned girl” perceives your voluntourism experience

How a “brown-skinned girl” perceives your voluntourism experience

Written by on May 4, 2016 in The Blog with 0 Comments

Much is written and recorded on this site from the experience of people who serve. Here is a piece worth reading from someone who has been on the receiving end of good and bad volunteering. Reading it may change your perspective. And wouldn’t you want to know this sort of thing before rather than after […]

Foster care is working in a most unusual place, and for a surprising reason

Foster care is working in a most unusual place, and for a surprising reason

Written by on March 21, 2016 in The Blog with 0 Comments

I started reading this article in Christianity Today about foster care in China with several large grains of salt in mind. And slowly I realized, it’s a great story about orphan care in families. It doesn’t play with words, and it doesn’t have to. It’s good news, on multiple levels, and I hope many of you will read it. In […]

Orphanages can end positively

Orphanages can end positively

Written by on August 21, 2015 in The Blog with 0 Comments

Here’s an encouraging story out of Uganda. It has many elements of a typical orphanage story but a different ending. Grace and Rachael, a Ugandan couple, opened up their home for vulnerable children with the best intentions. Rachael had grown up in an orphanage, and she wanted to help other vulnerable children like herself. But, […]

Orphanages are changing for good

Orphanages are changing for good

Written by on April 21, 2015 in Featured Posts, The Blog with 0 Comments

The change has started. We are seeing orphanages worldwide and in Cambodia transitioning into community and family support centers. They have not lost their vision to care for the most vulnerable children, but they are seeking better ways to accomplish it. Tom Matuschka, Director of Asian Hope, took over one of Cambodia’s earliest and well-known […]

An encouraging story about foster families

An encouraging story about foster families

Written by on March 10, 2015 in The Blog with 0 Comments

Studies have shown that children raised in orphanages have developmental delays, including measurably slower brain development, compared with children raised in families. These studies, as far as I have seen, relate to institutions that care for children from infancy. The worst examples of such orphanages may be in Eastern Europe and China. The study referred to […]

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