This Sunday is Orphan Sunday- a day for people to acknowledge the orphan crisis and do something about it. Did you know there are ways you can help orphans around the world, both directly and indirectly, right now from your computer? A few dollars can make a huge difference in the life of a needy child. If you’d rather use your voice instead of your wallet, become an advocate- talk to a couple friends on Sunday about the orphan crisis.
Below is a list of organizations that are helping support orphans around the world. This weekend, take a little time to research an organization- maybe you’ll find that their mission speaks to you.
Love Without Boundaries: LWB is a non-profit that works with orphaned and impoverished children in China to provide education, foster care, medical help, orphanage assistance and more. You can support Love Without Boundaries with a one time donation, by sponsoring a child, volunteering or spreading the word about their organization.
New Day Foster Home: If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I love New Day. I’ve sent them care packages and sponsored a couple of their children. They are a foster home that cares for special needs orphans in China who require medical care. You can support New Day Foster Home with a one time donation, sponsoring a child, sending a care package, and even shopping on Amazon.
Amazima Ministries: Amazima works with orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. They provide education, food and medical care for children, as well as vocational training for woman. You can support Amazima by sponsoring a child, making a monetary donation, and shopping in their online store.
Help One Now: Help One Now is dedicated to caring for orphans, rescuing slaves and ending extreme poverty in Haiti and Africa by empowering local leaders and serving communities. You can support End One Now with a monetary donation or by partnering with them and your church.
Rainbow Kids: Rainbow Kids is a special needs adoption advocacy website. You can find articles about adoption, get linked up with adoptive parents and see children who are currently looking for families. Maybe the best way for you to learn about the orphan crisis is to see the faces of orphans around the world.
Global Orphan Foundation: The Global Orphan Foundation provides financial assistance for adoptive parents, and orphan care through medical intervention and orphanage facility care. They are also launching The Pebble Project- an intense nutrition program in the Congo. You can support The Global Orphan Foundation by donating money, starting a fundraiser, or volunteering.
Adopt Kansas Kids: Adopt Kansas Kids is a resource for families wanting to adopt through the Kansas foster care system. They provide information about how the adoption process works, and have photo listings of available children currently in foster care. Adopt Kansas Kids will put a face to the orphan crisis right here in our neighborhoods.
An important part of fighting the orphan crisis is providing support for families- children in families that have access to clean water, health care and jobs are less likely to become orphans. These organizations work in impoverished areas to provide that kind of support:
END7: END7 is providing medical help in developing countries to fight 7 neglected tropical diseases: hookworm, roundworm, trachoma, elephantiasis, whipworm, river blindness and snail fever. You can support this organization by making a donation and spreading the word through social media.
A Glimmer of Hope: A Glimmer of Hope works with communities in rural Ethiopia on development projects for water, health, education and microfinance. You can support this organization by donating and volunteering.
31 Bits: 31 Bits provides women in Uganda with literacy education, financial and vocational training, and a support system. The women in the program create jewelry and other accessories, which are sold to pay for their programs. You can support 31 Bits by shopping!
Numana: Numana is a hunger relief organization based in El Dorado, KS. They package and send nutrient rich meals to school children and needy families around the world. You can support Numana by volunteering at a packaging event and buying merchandise from their store.
charity : water: Charity Water works to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing nations by building wells in needy communities. You can support this organization by sponsoring a water project, donating money and shopping in their store.