About UsOrphan Outreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to glorifying the Lord through reaching out to the millions of at-risk children throughout the world. Since our founding in 2007, we have acted as instruments of Christ impacting the lives of those we serve. Ministering primarily in Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Latvia, Russia and the United States, we support a variety of programs designed to offer a better chance to children in dire living conditions. James 1:27 is the inspiration of our mission and the motivation and passion towards attaining our vision."Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Mission StatementThe mission of Orphan Outreach is to improve the lives of orphans and at-risk children primarily in Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Russia through early intervention, education and evangelism, thus meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of the children.
Our VisionOur vision is to bring joy, inspiration, and hope to all that we work with, that our ministry provides a true testament to the Gospel, and that our service glorifies the Lord in all his majesty.
What We DoUnnoticed by much of the world, millions of children face inconceivable hardships in their day-to-day lives. The numbers alone are striking.
- There are approximately 163,000,000 orphans throughout the world.
- Within a year of leaving Russian Orphanages, 50% are involved in prostitution or crime, another 30% are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and another 10% commit suicide.
- 35,000,000 or 9% of all children in India are orphaned.This does not represent the countless number of homeless children living on the streets.
- Nearly 60% of families in Guatemala live below the poverty line.
- In the capitol city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, hundreds of children work in the city dump for less than a dollar a day.
- We serve them to meet their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.
- We provide guidance, inspiration, and hope to children in seemingly hopeless situations.
- We are witnesses to the gospel aimed at instilling Christian love in the hearts of these children.
- We believe the uniqueness of each child should always take precedence as that is how God loves us - as unique individuals created by Him for His glory.
What is an OrphanDefinitions of orphans vary and Orphan Outreach has chosen to minster to children that are "orphaned or at risk of being orphaned".The word orphan comes from Greek (orphanos), and Late Latin orphanus, meaning a "child whose parents are dead". According to the on-line Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary an orphan is: (1) a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents; (2) a young animal that has lost its mother, and (3) one deprived of some protection or advantage-e.g., orphans of the storm.UNICEF is widely recognized as setting the current definition and statistics quoted throughout this website are from UNICEF. The following can be found on the UNICEF site: http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_orphans.html
Children without Parental CareOrphans and vulnerable children are deprived of their first line of protection – their parents. Reasons include having temporarily or permanently:
- Lost their caregivers or guardians (orphans).
- Lost contact with their caregivers. For example, street children, unaccompanied displaced or refugee children.
- Been separated from their parents. For example, where parents are detained or children are abducted.
- Been placed in alternative care by their caregivers. For example, children with disabilities or children from poor families who are placed in institutions.
- Been kept in prolonged hospital care. For example, on grounds of health status, such as HIV status.
- Been detained in educational, remand, correctional or penal facilities as a result of an administrative or judicial decision. For example, suspected or convicted offenders or child asylum seekers.
- In Central and Eastern Europe alone, almost 1.5 million children live in public care
- In Russia, the annual number of ‘children left without parental care’ has more than doubled over the last 10 years, despite falling birth rates.
- Conflict has orphaned or separated 1 million children from their families in the 1990s.
- An estimated two to five per cent of the refugee population are unaccompanied children.
- An estimated 143 million children are orphaned by one or both parents. (‘Children on the Brink 2004. A Joint Report of New Orphan Estimates and a Framework for Action. UNICEF/UNAIDS/USAID. July 2004).
- The number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS is expected to jump to more than 25 million. In 12 African countries, projections show that orphans will comprise at least 15 per cent of all children under 15 years of age by 2010.