The Impact an Orphan Charity can have on Children
Before we go deep into discussing how an orphan charity helps around the world, let’s first break down the definitions. This can be useful in determining how the work and what effect they may have.
What is charity?
Introduced into the English Language through the old French word “charité”, which was derived from the Latin word “caritas” that meant preciousness, high price, dearness, Charity simply means giving. This giving could be in the form of food, health care, money, or clothing, but there are three broad kinds of charity; pure, public, and foreign charity.
While pure charity is completely free, public charity benefits not just a single individual but the whole, and foreign charity is when the individual benefiting from it is in an entirely different country from where the services or funds are being sent from.
You know the saying “Charity begins at home”. Some groups take this into practice and regard charity as assisting members within their particular group. Although giving to those close to you can be regarded as charity, but in the real sense of the word, charity is denoting to individuals you are not related to in any way.
Most forms of charity are based on providing basic needs like food, water, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, but other activities can be regarded as charity. For instance ransoming captives, educating orphans, visiting the homebound or imprisoned, and even some social movements. Donations that benefit the less privileged, either directly or indirectly, like funding research programs, are also known as charity. But we want to focus on charity to orphanages.
First, who are orphans?
An orphan is a child whose parents are either dead, unknown, or have abandoned him or her, but the word is mainly used for a child who has lost both parents to death. The term is not usually used for children who have reached adulthood since they are old enough to support themselves.
Now, what are orphanages?
Orphanages are residential institutions that are dedicated to caring for orphans. However, most children living in orphanages are not orphans, in actual fact, about four out of five children living in orphanages have at least one living parent and most of them have some extended family.
Most orphanages have been closed, but there remains a large number of state funded orphanages which are slowly phasing out due to direct support of vulnerable families and also the development of adoption services and foster care where possible.
Few large international charities are still funding orphanages, but, they are still commonly funded by religious groups and smaller charities. Some orphanages in developing countries would focus on vulnerable or less privileged families and constantly recruit children so they won’t lose their funding as they are rarely ran by the state.
The major aim of orphanages is to provide a caring and loving home and family for less privileged and abandoned children. One of the ways they do this is by adoption.
What is adoption?
Adoption is where a person takes up the responsibility of serving as a parent of another. It can either be a child or a teen, but in most scenarios, it’s usually a child. The child is acquired from the person’s biological or legal parent in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the biological parent or parents to the adopted parents.
Adoption gives adoptees great opportunities that they may never receive elsewhere. Such opportunities include the presence of a family around them, shelter, clothing, food and parents who are able to provide for all their financial needs as well as access to education.
Well known Orphan Charities Around the World
Before the establishment of state care for orphans, private charities existed that took care of less privileged orphans, and over time more charities have found alternative ways of caring for children. Some of these institutions include:
- Hope and Homes for Children, who work with government of states to de-institutionalize their child care systems.
- The Orphaned Starfish Foundation; which is a non-profit organization based in New York and focuses on the development of vocational school for victims of abuse, at-risk youths, and orphans. The foundation runs about fifty computer centres in about twenty five countries, and serve over 10,000 children Worldwide.
- Lumos, whose drive is to replace institutions with community-based services that enables children access education, health, and social care tailored to each and every one of their individual needs.
- Stockwell Home, which was founded by Charles H Spurgeon but now known as Spurgeons Children’s Charity, provides support to disadvantaged and vulnerable families and children across the whole of England.
- SOS Children’s Villages, which is the world’s largest non-denominational, and non-governmental child welfare organization, that provides a loving and caring family home for abandoned and orphaned children alike.
- Dr Barnardo’s Homes now simply known as Barnardo’s
- Previously OrphanAid Africa, OAfrica has been in operation in Ghana since 2002, where it works to get children out of orphanages and into families. They partner with the government and are the only private implementing partner of the National Plan of Action.
- Orphan Resources International, which is a non-profit organization that provides orphanages with resources in Guatemala Central America.
- Joint Council on International Children’s Services; a non-profit child advocacy organization operating out of Alexandria, Virginia. It advocates for ethical practices in America adoption agencies in addition to working to working in 51 different countries, and is also the largest association of international adoption agencies.
- Care for Children, which introduced family placement to China with its first project in Shanghai 1998, where it worked with the Shanghai government. It partnered with the China Social Work Association in Beijing and the MoCA to expand family placement to a nationwide basis. As a result, it is thought that a generation of abandoned children are now in substitute families instead of institutions in China.
- The Transition Home for Orphan Boys in Afghanistan; The Transition Home was opened in 2014 with the goal that when at-risk youths or abandoned children leave the transition home, they would be ready to live on their own. They children have full-time jobs, furnishings for their own home, and are taught skills, like cleaning, managing finances, and cooking, needed to live on their own. Before the youths leave the Transition Home, the T-O-M mentors take each youth out and assist them in making purchases in the market for their household items. This teaches them the value of money and how to make purchase. Currently, about 6 boys live in the Transition Home.
- Abide Family Center; an organization working in Jinja, Uganda with the aim of reducing the number of children living in orphanages. The belief of the Abide Family Center is that poverty should not be a reason a child is separated from their family. Because of this belief, they provide family preservation services such as parenting and business classes, early childhood education, pastoral/counselling services, as well as emergency or transitional housing.
Positive Effects of Donating to an Orphan Charity
Many benefits are attached to donating to charity and orphanages, both personal and otherwise. Some of which include:
- More pleasure
- Helping others in need
- It brings more meaning to your life
- Promotes generosity in your children
- Improves personal money management
- Motivates your family and friends
- Helps you realize that the little bits matter
These benefits are mainly personal. In a broad sense, what the individual you are donating to has to gain is a happier and easy life.
How can you help orphans?
It has been well established that they are out there, maybe in our own backyards, or even far across the oceans. Babies, toddlers, teenagers who, for one reason or the other, are abandoned and alone in this world. Orphans, with no one to love them, no one connected to them by law or by blood, so they move through their lives at the mercy of those currently in charge of their life. Tomorrow, next month, or next year, the small space they occupy could be taken away from them, so they would have to change environment. Imagine a childhood with such instability and vulnerability.
In what ways can you contribute to giving orphans a more easy life?
- Seek them out
Don’t forget the orphans. It’s known that only a few people actually feel “called” to action when they hear about or come across orphans. The more you expose yourself to their plight and put yourself in their position, the more your role in orphan care becomes clearer.
You could register on an orphan care blog, subscribe to a YouTube channel that is dedicated to improving the lives of orphans worldwide, or you could pray for them like you are praying for yourself.
- Virtually adopt a child
Go to sites that have a list of waiting children and pick out a child you would take care of as your own. Frame the pictures of the child after printing, do you can place it on your desk, wall, or even stick up on your fridge. Tell everyone about your adopted child and how they can help him or her. Donate to this child’s adoption grant fund, or you can even send needed items to the child’s orphanage.
Write about your child on your social media platforms and raise awareness of his or her existence and how he or she needs a family. You would see that the child will be committed to in months.
- Find a family that wants to adopt
Adoption is stressful and arduous, so families in the throes of an adoption could use all the help they can get. You could help them raise funds, or even write or edit documents and form that they need in the adoption process.
Follow their adoption journey and you will find ways to support their mission, and also connect with them on a different level.
- Support ministries
Some ministries work to keep children in their families, train care workers, and even educate cultures. You can volunteer with some of these orphan ministries that are going on a mission to an orphanage, or even connect with an educator that focuses on in-country support.
- Host an orphan
The World Orphan Project usually organizes a three week long program twice every year where they give orphaned children from Ukraine the opportunity to spend time with Americans, in caring families, who would open their homes and hearts to these deserving children.
You can register for this program and adopt a children for just three weeks.
We might now want to admit it, but there is an increasing number of orphans and abandoned children out there, and while we can’t really eradicate this, we can try our best by donating to orphanages, or even assisting them directly.
Originally posted 2017-12-11 21:30:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter