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Hope and Change: family-based care and transforming orphanages

My journey in family-based care

My journey in family-based care

Written by on June 19, 2014 in Articles, Current Features, Hope and Change 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 Articles, Current Features, Hope and Change with 9 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 […]

When institutions get it right

When institutions get it right

Written by on June 19, 2014 in Articles, Current Features, Hope and Change with 0 Comments

This inspiring story of working with childcare institutions in Uganda to resettle children and prevent family separation will encourage you and surprise you. We really can see changes that improve the lives of children and families even in the most vulnerable situations.   Teddy and David are the newest residents in Emergency Housing at Abide Family Center. They were referred by a […]

The boy by the side of the road

The boy by the side of the road

He saw a boy lying in the middle of the road. What he did next will surprise you and might even change the way you act next time you see a child in need. Racing round the corner on my way to the meeting a little faster than usual, I thought of all the things I […]

Challenges: why we must change if we really want to help

Advice for a young leader who wanted to start an orphanage

Advice for a young leader who wanted to start an orphanage

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 […]

The weary widow: when orphanages recruit kids

The weary widow: when orphanages recruit kids

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Articles, Challenges to Overcome with 0 Comments

What happens when orphanages have beds to fill and and warped priorities?    I can still see the tears streaming down her face, the hopelessness in her eyes, and the burning sting of defeat that grew with each tear falling onto the toddler she clutched close. The weary widow stood on the steps of our child […]

Touch-starved: The hunger of children in orphanages

Touch-starved: The hunger of children in orphanages

Why do children in orphanages often run and hug visitors as soon as they arrive?  Why did Western nations stop putting abandoned children in orphanages? For answers to both of these questions look at the work of a genius named John Bowlby. John Bowlby (1907-1990) has been described as a genius and one of the three or […]

Five reasons not to put children in orphanages

Five reasons not to put children in orphanages

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Articles, Challenges to Overcome with 0 Comments

Why not start an orphanage? That’s a good question to ask before committing many years and untold resources to a task most experts agree is, well, questionable. Here are five answers one Christian worker in Cambodia found when he considered the question. Orphanages continue to be the default response of many to the challenge of caring for orphans and vulnerable […]

Blog: what others are saying about orphans and vulnerable children

The new creative tensions for change

The new creative tensions for change

Written by on July 9, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Appreciate these thoughts from David Brooks in this NYT op-ed. Consider (bold added): Sometimes creativity happens in pairs, duos like Lennon and McCartney who bring clashing worldviews but similar tastes. But sometimes it happens in one person, in someone who contains contradictions and who works furiously to resolve the tensions within. When you see creative people like […]

No easy answers

No easy answers

Written by on July 8, 2014 in Blog with 2 Comments

Yesterday I read about a Cambodian “mother” in Koh Kong who chained up a four-year-old girl in her care for eight hours a day while she went to work.  She said it was to protect the girl from drowning or wandering away while she was at work. The girl had been handed over to the woman years ago by her […]

Living next to an orphanage

Living next to an orphanage

Written by on July 2, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Here’s a story about a family who arrived at their first home in Cambodia and discovered they would be living next to an orphanage. The story caught my attention, and after a little poking around online, I realized the family lives not far from from me. I’ve often passed by and seen children and volunteers milling around outside and […]

Volunteering and orphanages in Nepal, the dark side

Volunteering and orphanages in Nepal, the dark side

Written by on June 4, 2014 in Blog, Featured Videos with 0 Comments

Going to visit a beautiful country? Want to make it better by visiting an orphanage? Think twice. Volunteering can have negative consequences as shown in this excellent video (above) and article at The Guardian. Volunteers in Nepal are being used by unscrupulous orphanages and voluntourism companies to the detriment of Nepali children and families. When Dorota […]

Share: posters promoting best practices for vulnerable children

Support grandmothers

Support grandmothers

Written by on September 16, 2013 in Posters with 3 Comments

Families are irreplaceable. Funny how we can agree to that statement, yet accept that a child should be separated from her closest living relatives, sometimes even her mother or father, just because they are poor. But this happens often when children are put in residential care. Now there are orphanages that are good at what […]

Do we have orphans because we have orphanages?

Do we have orphans because we have orphanages?

Written by on August 29, 2013 in Posters with 0 Comments

Did you know most children living in orphanages have at least one living parent, and almost all have living relatives. But research shows that growing up in an orphanage breaks down a child’s connections with living parents and relatives, so they become more and more like orphans whether they really are or not. The statement […]

Can’t we support her to raise the child herself?

Can’t we support her to raise the child herself?

Written by on August 20, 2013 in Posters with 2 Comments

Does it surprise you that eighty-percent of children living in orphanages worldwide have at least a living father or a mother? Research shows again and again that the majority of children in orphanages are there because of poverty.  Obviously, there are many other reasons children end up in orphanages.  But the fact remains that it’s […]

No one loves children like their families

No one loves children like their families

Written by on August 20, 2013 in Posters with 0 Comments

Most children living in orphanages today could be living with families. Hard to believe?  Yet research shows most children in orphanages are there because of poverty, not a lack of relatives or even parents who could raise them. Now imagine if a significant part of the effort and money poured into raising kids in orphanages […]

Pos World

Po's World is the inspiring cartoon story of a boy and a girl sent to an orphanage and their subsequent journey home.

Must see. A brilliant, short (2:30) video that gets to the point of what we're about here.

Watch this. An inspiring video telling stories about the care of vulnerable children and making the case for change. Download it for free here.

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