The need has never been more urgent for orphaned and vulnerable children.
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What care is being provided to the children served by Orphan Outreach?
Ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children doesn’t end, especially in troubling times. In fact, the words of James 1:27 become more powerful than ever:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
That’s exactly what’s happening in the countries we serve around the world. More children, families, and communities are being helped than ever before.
As of 14 April 2021:
- In Guatemala, children and families served by all of our community-based, special needs, and educational programs continue to receive emergency relief, including food bags, hygiene products, and learning kits for the kids. At the CCC and CadaNino, modified learning environments have been designed to provide students with mentoring, tutoring, computer classes, and more. In addition, Montessori classes have also reopened and a new afternoon Montessori class has been added. Travel restrictions have lifted and both commercial flights and public transportation are operational; however, food insecurity remains at an all-time high. Many schools have reopened with a hybrid model or virtual learning, with classrooms adjusted to offer safety measures in an effort to keep students healthy. Because of the vulnerable student population, Down Guatemala will not hold in-person classes until at least the end of first quarter 2021. Guatemala has received its first shipment of vaccines through the COVAX initiative as well as donations from Israel and India. Many front-line workers were vaccinated in preparation for citizens to now receive their vaccinations.
- In Honduras, the NiCo team is staying connected to students and their families each week with special learning kits so that the children may continue to study at home, and registration has been completed for new students to attend the program. The government has stated that schools will remain closed until at least May 2021. Social restrictions and curfews continue throughout the country. International air travel has resumed with COVID guidelines. Honduras has received its first shipment of vaccinations through the COVAX initiative as well as a donation from Israel.
- In Russia, technology is keeping our team connected daily to orphanage directors in the midst of quarantine, and classes are being taught via Zoom to children eager to attend. Regular phone calls and WhatsApp messages are also keeping our team connected to each young adult in our aging out initiative as they navigate life so that their essential needs may be met. Grocery bags are being delivered to homes, and one young adult even received much-needed furniture for her apartment. Essentials are also being delivered to orphanages. Families in the municipality program are receiving ongoing mentorship and guidance to navigate job loss, support services, and legal services.
- In Ukraine, social restrictions, curfews, and quarantines are again in effect an effort to safeguard citizens. Meetings have returned to online gatherings. Basic groceries and other essentials are continuing to be provided, as well as counseling. Public transportation is limited, attendance at public events and religious services is capped, and international travel into the country must be accompanied by proof of insurance to cover the cost of COVID-19 observation and treatment.
- In Latvia, a nationwide state of emergency has been declared due to a sharp rise in COVID cases. The measure has been extended to early April and may be extended longer depending upon the evolution of disease activity. Schools have been closed, and care has returned to Zoom meetings, text messages and phone calls. The Family Resource Centre staff is working diligently to ensure children and families are provided the care they need.
- In Kenya, food and clean water continue to be provided to families served by both Patmos School and Madeleine School. Due to a third wave of COVID cases in the country, the Kenyan government has once again closed all schools as well as in-person gatherings and meetings. International and domestic travel has reopened, with negative COVID tests required for both departure and arrival.
- In India, a second wave of COVID has resulted in all schools being closed. Higher education students have returned to Gan Sabra and are taking classes online, and it is unsure when the academic year will be completed. At Gan Sabra, food and medicines are being delivered to families in the Gan Sabra community program as part of a special task force formed by the local government. Children at the home are committed to praying daily for healing and restoration. Domestic air travel has resumed, and some international air travel has also reopened.
- In Nepal, emergency food has been distributed to many of the families whose children attend the Godawari Education Center. In addition, because of the generosity of a donor, other families in the slum area have received meals. The area remains restricted, though children have returned to Godawari in the afternoons!
We update this report on a regular basis, so please check back for new information!
How are SPONSORSHIP funds being utilized?
Kids are our priority at Orphan Outreach, and we know they’re your priority too! As a sponsor, you’ve seen firsthand the impact made on orphaned and vulnerable children when they’re provided the essentials of care they need to thrive.
Even now, your sponsor child is receiving care.
Our global team has never worked more diligently to find creative ways to serve the children in the midst of such tumultuous times. We are so very thankful for our staff and our ministry partners in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa! Orphan Outreach ministry partners providing residential care are continuing to ensure each child receives what they need. And at our schools, after-school, aging out, and community-based programs, the goal is to do our best to provide the children and young adults with the support they need.
PHYSICAL CARE Soap, meals, food staples, and water are among the items being delivered to homes wherever possible.
EMOTIONAL CARE Teachers and social workers are checking in on children, young adults, and families via phone, providing tutoring, counseling, encouragement, prayer, and most of all—connection.
EDUCATIONAL CARE For some of our children, educational resources were provided prior to “shelter in place” directives, and for others, where possible, teachers are offering tutoring sessions by phone to help keep kids engaged. Additionally, in all our programs, special attention was given to ensuring each child or young adult understood the necessity of hand washing and good personal hygiene.
SPIRITUAL CARE We continue to pray as a global family for every child we serve and to provide tangible hope in whatever ways we can to reflect Christ’s love and compassion. We trust in the Lord’s goodness and redemptive promises as Father to the fatherless and Defender of the defenseless. We invite you to join us in praying daily for the orphaned and vulnerable, for caregivers, for healthcare workers, and for the governments in each country served by Orphan Outreach.
What about MISSION TRIPS?
Although we were saddened to cease all mission trips for the majority of 2020, we have been so encouraged to see the many ways our global Orphan Outreach family and ministry partners in each country have significantly impacted the lives of the children and families we serve together. Their faithfulness and creativity continue to be an inspiration. If you’ve not seen all that is taking place around the world, we invite you to join us onFacebook and Instagram for regular updates.
As the global state of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are evaluating how and when we may reengage mission teams to again travel to each country Orphan Outreach operates in. We desire teams to safely serve and support our in-country teams and ministry partners in the best way possible. With this in mind, Orphan Outreach is cautiously optimistic that mission teams may be able to resume travel in the fall of 2021. We have set a tentative date of August 15 to begin scheduling teams on the calendar for fall trips and for trips in 2022. We are holding this ‘restart’ date loosely as we know the situation in the U.S. as well as abroad can and will change.
August 15 will be the earliest date that we will look at scheduling and coordinating any trip logistics.
We are working closely with each in-country partner to monitor government policy/regulations on reopening and international travel, and working within their countries as well to ensure our mission teams can best and most safely interact and work with the children and families in our programs. Likewise, Orphan Outreach is monitoring U.S. policy/regulations as it relates to exit and entry into our own country.
Between now and the tentative ‘restart’ date, we will keep our website up-to-date on the latest news related to mission trips.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the ongoing work of Orphan Outreach. Even now, you are restoring hope for orphaned and vulnerable children.