Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans in their distress.
James 1:17 .
There are many great organizations that help provide quality orphan care around the world. Here at Journey, we support The Hope Effect.
The United Nations International Children’s Fund (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.
Many people believe the orphan crisis is being adequately addressed, but the facts tell a different story. There is growing research on the damaging effects of traditional, institutional orphan care. When children do not receive adequate personal interaction within a loving environment, development is stunted and learning abilities are delayed or lost. Many orphanages are simply unaware of the damaging physical and psychological impact institutional care has on children.
Many kids age out only to face a future of crime, prostitution, or trafficking.
The Hope Effect is changing orphan care by providing solutions that mimic the family. Two-parent, family-style homes provide an opportunity for each child to flourish and thrive. Access to health, dental, and social care are provided while each child is prepared for the future through education, responsibility, support and the structure that parents were designed to provide.
To learn more about The Hope Effect and how to support the work they do visit them at www.hopeeffect.com