By Kristen Johnson
UNICEF estimates there are 153 million orphans worldwide, 18 million of which who have lost both parents. This number does not include the 8 million orphans living in orphanages or the millions of invisible children living on the streets, trafficked, or forced into combat. (The Hope Effect)
What are we to do in the face of such overwhelming, terrible, statistics? An organization called The Hope Effect is working on solutions to the problem.
The Hope Effect provides smaller housing for children than in traditional orphanages, to provide a more stable, parental environment. So, they work on housing 8 orphans with 2 adults, instead of a larger institutional environment you generally find where orphanages are needed. It’s really a neat design, and it also includes access to medical, dental, and social care, while also providing access to education.
The organization’s focus on short-term as well as long-term orphan care is impressive, as is their focus on spirituality, sustainability, and innovation. What’s even better is that individuals who start fundraising campaigns online (which is very easy to do on their website) can rest assured that 100% of their fundraising dollars will go to orphan care! For more information, see here: http://hopeeffect.com/why/.
Currently, this wonderful organization is working in Honduras and has just started a project in Mexico. Because they depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to fund things like staff salaries and office supplies, 100% of private donations go directly to orphan care. Their orphan care model is very impressive.
Thank you to The Hope Effect for providing us with such a great example of serving the world. Special thanks to founders Joshua Becker and Joe Darago for starting such a wonderful organization that serves some of the world’s neediest children. You inspire me!
Psalm 82:3 (NRSV): Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Serve all with love.
Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io