Ø Tackling the global orphan pandemic.
Ø Providing opportunities for radical life transformation.
Ø Mobilizing local churches in some of the poorest areas on earth to care for the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities.
Global Orphan Project
# 1 Focus on the lowest strata of children
God’s first line of care for children is the family, including adoptive families. For Global Orphans target children, family is not an option. Perhaps their parents have died. Or, their parents’ and extended relatives’ lives are crushed beneath the weight of poverty, and little ones suffer without any viable means of care. These children – the kids of last resort – are the apples of our eyes.
For these children, Global Orphan focuses on the local church as the next line of care. Think of it as community based care with the local church as the centering point, where the kids become part of the local church family and community fabric.
#2 Unique model
Three (3) signature components to Global Orphans model in the field. Global Orphan emphasizes orphan care that is:
(1) Local Church Owned;
(2) Base Level (culturally relevant); and
>> Local Church Owned
GO Project does not own the day-to-day care of the children. The local church does. The local church leadership hires and supports the mommas, the cooks, and other local staff to care for the children. GO Project provides assistance with planning, funding, assessment, and communication to help the local church meet base standards. The core of the children’s lives will include a steady assurance through the Gospel of grace in Jesus Christ. Our prayer for these children is that they will be free, utterly transformed from the inside out.
>> Base Level Care
Global Orphan helps the local church give the children a ‘bump up’ into a humble, base level of care within the church family. The homes and standards of care blend into the community not jump over the top of it. Americanized models of orphan care rich in material trappings often cause area families to abandon their children, in hopes that the ‘orphanage’ will take them to a better life. That is wrong. There is nothing fancy or particularly attractive about Global Orphans model of orphan care. And that is by design.
In the GO Project vocabulary, ‘sustainable’ means that the target country’s own people and economy will support the care of their own children. Global Orphan believes this is a vital goal to hit over time, village by village. Complete dependency upon foreign aid and leadership in perpetuity has created a systemic current driving against intra-community, intra-country orphan care. Fighting this trend through empowerment of locals, as well as economic and agricultural development, is core to our model.
#3 100% Commitment
100% of your orphan care donations go to pay for sustainable orphan care programs. For example, if you fund a home or village, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for that project. If you fund ongoing orphan care, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for orphan care expenses.
Global Orphan does not use even 1% orphan care gifts for administrative overhead or fund-raising expenses. They are able to do this because several generous donors, led by the Fox family (GO Project’s founders), and other income sources fund our overhead so you can leverage your investment to the max.
**Note that The Global Orphan Project is a member of the ECFA (monitor of financial accountability), and subject themselves to an independent audit (including our 100% Commitment) each year.