Why are children orphaned?

KENYA: Most of Hope’s Promise Kenya’s children started their lives in Mathare Valley, where half a million people subsist in six square miles of abject poverty. Orphaned children, especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect, starvation, inadequate sanitation, lack of education, illness, and hopelessness, constitute a high proportion of the slum’s population.

NEPAL: In Nepal, one of the least developed nations in the world, many children lose their parents to death or incapacitation due to the ravages of poverty. Of Nepal’s total population of 28.5 million, an estimated one million children are orphaned and approximately 25,000 live in orphanages. Orphans in Nepal are especially vulnerable to child labor, trafficking, and child marriage.

VIETNAM: Although living in a middle-income country with a growing economy, Vietnam’s ethnic minority tribes often struggle to survive in remote mountainous areas, located far from basic services such as medical care. Children are more likely to become orphaned, drop out of school to work at very young ages, and less likely to receive adequate adult supervision.

 ZIMBABWE: More than three decades of corrupt dictatorship have ruined Zimbabwe’s economy, resulting in an unemployment rate over 90%. The World Food Program reports 67% of Zimbabweans live below the poverty line and 27% of children have stunted growth. According to UNICEF, 21% of Zimbabwean youth did not attend school before the pandemic. Now, in 2022, a staggering 47% do not attend school. Culturally, Zimbabweans regard the care of orphaned children as a privilege, but, while extended relatives in Zimbabwe can stretch the family’s food, they simply cannot afford school fees.

How are children and their families selected to be a part of this program?

Hope’s Promise serves children who are single or double orphaned (one or both parents deceased) or who have been abandoned or neglected by one or both birth parents.

We place and support orphaned and vulnerable children in families with biological relatives when possible and non-relatives when needed.

How long will Hope’s Promise children live with their families?

Our kids don’t “age-out.” Hope’s Promise supports each child to grow and flourish in his or her family until able to live independently.

How can I support Hope’s Promise orphan care?

Become a family champion by donating to orphan care in general or to a specific country’s ministry. Also consider other options on our “Get involved page,” like going on a Connection Trip to visit one of our international ministries or advocate for Hope’s Promise through your church or business.

What does it mean to become a family champion?

Champion:

1. A person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else

2. Support the cause of; defend

When you donate to Hope’s Promise, you become a family champion, someone who supports the cause of orphaned and vulnerable children to receive what they need most: God’s love expressed through family. As we get to know you, our goal is to encourage and equip you to become an even greater champion!

Can I learn about a specific family?

Through the donation form, you can opt to follow a specific family. We will assign a family to you, and you can learn their story, pray for them by name, and receive at least one report per year about the family in addition to the impact reports.

How often will I receive updates from Hope’s Promise?

You will receive at least two impact reports per year about the families in the country you choose. If you opt to follow a specific family, you will receive an additional report about that family at least once per year.

When I become a family champion, how is my gift used?

For Hope’s Promise children cared for by non-relatives, your partnership helps with children’s expenses such as food, medicine, clothing, education, and extra-curricular activities, and indirect expenses related to childcare such as rent and utilities for the home, transportation, and a small compensation for the parents.

For Hope’s Promise children cared for by relatives, your partnership assists primarily with education costs and sometimes living and/or emergency expenses as needed. Additionally, our in-country staff connect caregivers to community resources such as economic development projects and counseling to build the family’s capacity.

How much does it cost to become a family champion?

Family champion commitments start at $40/month. Donations are pooled to support all members of all Hope’s Promise families in the country designated by the donor.

Can I communicate with Hope’s Promise families?

You may email encouragement to a family as often as you like. Email Donor Relations, [email protected] to forward to Hope’s Promise Country Coordinators for delivery at their discretion.

Can I meet Hope’s Promise families?

Hope’s Promise periodically hosts Connection Team trips to the countries where we serve. Come with us to meet the families you are impacting.

Can I send gifts to Hope’s Promise families?

Before Connection trips or administrative visits, Hope’s Promise will share a suggested gift list with family champions to contribute as desired. Additionally, you can send a special financial donation for families’ gift budgets at any time.

Please email [email protected] with any further questions.