Questions? – We’ve got answers.
Many of you are looking for ways to get involved and help us achieve our goal of a loving family for every child. With getting started, comes questions. That’s why we’ve assembled answers to some of our most frequently asked questions in the hope you can find what you’re looking for, fast.
If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
- Make a multi-year pledge
- Give monthly
- Leave a legacy: Put us in your will
- Host a fundraiser
- Introduce us to your media connections
- Be our spokespeople
- Invite us to speak at your workplace, professional organization or place of worship
- Introduce us to your friends and family
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To illustrate why, think of the phrase “if you build it, they will come.” When poor parents see a nice building like a new orphanage, they think their kids will be better off growing up there. They try to get their kids to live there so they’ll get good food and a quality education. But, in the end, the children end up deprived of the loving family they need.
That’s why we train, educate and equip orphanages in their transformation process from orphanage to Center for Excellence. Centers for Excellence offer community support in a variety of ways, creating a path for children to remain or reunite with their birth families, or to find a loving home through kinship care, foster care, adoption and other family care options.
Despite their best intentions, volunteers at orphanages unwittingly support children living in institutions. How? A constant stream of volunteers to orphanages, showing affection to children and then leaving, disrupts the attachment process. This can leave children with many, many problems in their emotional and psychological development.
While clothes and other items are greatly appreciated, the absolute best way to help is to donate money. Let us explain. The needs of the children we support change over time. Sometimes, they do need clothes. But what they must have—every single day—is nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, a quality education and loving care. To provide that support, we need monetary donations.
Another consideration about clothing donations: Transportation costs are high. Getting in-kind donations from one country to another is astronomically expensive. That’s why we support businesses in the communities where we work by purchasing what the kids need locally.
Finally, one of the Rights of the Child is the right to dignity and freedom. Being able to take pride in what they’re wearing because they know the clothes are their very own plays a huge part in that for the children.