The global orphan crisis encompasses more than 153 million children in our world today. With the loss of one or both parents, these children sleep each night with the burden of pain, grief, fear, and the pervasive feeling of being incomplete. Each child has a story. Each child has a soul. Each child needs the loving connection of someone willing to be the hands and feet of the Jesus that they need to see so desperately.
The crisis is not a set of statistics. The crisis is real children, with real lives, with real pain and fear and less than 1% of orphaned children globally will ever be adopted. These children not only have to deal with the trauma of being orphaned, but the threat of enslavement, forced labor, disease, homelessness, hunger and abuse. The list of threats is endless. The reality is truly unconscionable!
What does the crisis look like?
the six year old boy in Uganda, who’s just lost both his parents to aids and is suddenly, unexpectedly, tragically alone in the world.
the hopeless resignation of a nine-year-old orphan girl who has become trapped as a sex slave. Used, manipulated and powerless, her body is ravaged day after day by faceless men.
the disabled little girl living in a state institution who cries herself to sleep every night believing she will never be wanted.
the fear of a teenage boy who’s about to age out of the state run orphanage system. The knot in his stomach tells him he’s alone, with no job, no money, no skills and no one that cares.
the 15% of institutionalized orphaned teens in Eastern Europe who take their own life before their 18th birthday.
Who is an orphan?
Children become orphans due to mainly three reasons; death, displacement and abandonment. Children can be single (losing one parent) or double (losing both parents) orphans. Children can be physical, social, and emotional orphans. All of the definitions equal the same conclusion… The life of a child who loses a parent is forever changed.
Why should I care?
God loves orphaned children. In addition to the more than 2,000 verses that talk about compassion and justice in the Bible, there are 44 verses that talk about the orphan and fatherless. These verses show how important the orphaned child is to our Heavenly Father, and thus, how important they should be to us as well.
What can I do about it?
The crisis does not have to be the end. There can be hope. There can be healing. There can be love. This website exists to instruct, inform, and inspire you to be a part of the solution. We encourage you to jump over to the Be the Solution section to learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of an orphaned child.