Today is Orphan Sunday, a day where individuals and communities come together with a shared vision – to stand for orphans around the world and raise awareness of how to help these vulnerable children. Orphans in developing countries are often cared for in institutions, resulting in devastating long-term effects on their development. These children are desperately in need of a family.
On a day like today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem. But Orphan Sunday is a time to consider how we can be part of the solution, and to celebrate the victories of children who have found families.
This month, we are sharing stories from our project in Chihuahua, Mexico. Your generosity is expanding family-style orphan care and making such a difference in the lives of children.
At just seven years old, Mario was removed from his home and placed in an institution. Struggling with health issues and severely malnourished, he became depressed and began acting out. While living in the institution, Mario didn’t have access to therapy or any other tools that could help him address and overcome his challenges.
Like far too many children, Mario found himself helpless – yet another statistic within the system. Had his situation remained unchanged, his physical and mental health would have almost certainly continued in a downward spiral. But thankfully, that’s not where Mario’s story ends!
A Life Transformed
The Gonzalez family has always had a passion for children…specifically the youth in the city of Chihuahua. They decided to share their love and their home with a child in need, so they became certified to provide family-style care.
Once the Gonzalezes were certified, they were in a position to make a difference in Mario’s life. They visited Mario a few times before integrating him into their family, and everyone bonded instantly!
Incredibly, once he was placed with the Gonzalez family, Mario’s health began to improve overnight! It’s amazing how the love and support of a family can make such an immediate difference in a child.
It’s clear to see that this little boy’s heart was longing for a loving family. And we are beyond thrilled to see Mario thriving in his new environment!
To Mario (and to us!) you are a hero. Your generosity is changing lives in Chihuahua. We are so grateful for you!
Be a #HeroForHope on #GivingTuesday
There are many stories of children like Mario in Chihuahua – children with heartbreaking journeys but incredible transformation through the love of a family. And there are still many more children in need of a family…and a hero like you.
In just a few weeks, there’s an opportunity for you to be a #HeroForHope and help family-style care expand farther in Chihuahua. December 3rd is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity. This year, funds raised will be used to provide and expand family-style care in Chihuahua.
Your generosity and partnership will get more kids into families. In addition, one of our supporters has agreed to match all donations raised on that day…up to $25,000! That means you can double the impact of your gift on #GivingTuesday!
Will you join us and help more children like Mario find families? This #GivingTuesday, will you be a #HeroForHope?
We would be honored if you’d partner with us on December 3rd. If you just can’t wait, our #GivingTuesday site is live now! And coming soon…we’re making it even easier to join in with an option to text your gift. Stay tuned!
Thank you for your generosity and partnership. You are a true hero…and together, we are changing the way the world cares for orphans!