This is the sixth and final edition in our blog series surrounding The Hope Effect’s values, based on six orphan care standards: 1) Family, 2) Excellence, 3) Spirituality, 4) Preparation, 5) Sustainability, and 6) Innovation.
We are pioneering new solutions in both the short-term (orphan care) and the long-term (community involvement).
Worldwide, millions of children grow up without a family. Unfortunately, that number continues to increase. Every day, 5,000 more children in the world become orphans due to poverty, AIDS, death, or abandonment. And every 2.2 seconds, an orphan ages out of an existing orphanage – entering a harsh world without the support and direction most children are provided.
Because of these sobering facts and the numerous studies that show traditional, institutional models of orphan care can be detrimental to the children they seek to serve, The Hope Effect is seeking to pioneer new short-term and long-term orphan care solutions.
In the short term, we aim to build family-style homes structured to provide immediate care for children in crisis. Each home will be filled with loving parents who are trained and ready to embrace each child that comes into their home. Through our supporting network of professional doctors, psychologists, counselors, and specialists, we will provide the best care possible for these children from hard places. Our director will serve both the children and the parents, ensuring exceptional care is being offered and all local and state requirements are being met.
As powerful as this family-style model can be, it is limited by the number of houses available and the amount of resources we can raise. Therefore, long-term solutions will need to be addressed. By building relationships with city and regional leadership in government, churches, and other like-minded NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), we champion the need for orphan care on a local level. Our strategy is to partner together to address the systemic issues that lead to the need for orphan care while empowering others to see the value in helping every child find a family. While each context is unique, these long-term solutions will include strategies for poverty alleviation, education, foster care, and adoption.
We have always dreamt big for The Hope Effect. The challenges are vast, but we are convinced the work is necessary and definitely worth it. But we cannot do this alone. We need the support of local government to change laws where necessary. We need church leadership to tap into the spiritual heart of each community. And we need people like you to invest in this new model of caring for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
Together, we can change how the world cares for orphans.