The need has never been more urgent for orphaned and vulnerable children.
$40 Helps Meet IMMEDIATE needs like food for a month for the children and families we serve.
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 13 October 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 further notice. Guatemala awaits further vaccination shipments after receiving its first shipment 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, and other individuals and organizations are now receiving vaccines.
- 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 further notice. Social restrictions and curfews continue throughout the country. International air travel has resumed with COVID guidelines. Honduras awaits further vaccination shipments through the COVAX initiative.
- In Russia, technology continues to keep our team connected daily to orphanage directors in the midst of COVID-based restrictions, and classes are being taught via Zoom to children eager to attend. In-person meetings, 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. Families in the municipality program are receiving ongoing mentorship and guidance to navigate job loss, support services, and legal services.
- In Ukraine, social restrictions have been lifted and our aging out initiative is again able to meet in person. 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, infection rates have soared, and the country returns to lockdown and strong social restrictions. The Family Resource Centre staff is working diligently to ensure children and families are provided the care they need, and in Jelgava, the Aging Out Initiative team is making sure young adults remain connected by phone, Zoom gatherings, and WhatsApp.
- In Kenya, food and clean water continue to be provided to families served by both Patmos School and Madeleine School, including students in our higher education program. After a third wave of COVID cases in the country, the Kenyan government has once again opened all schools. International and domestic travel has reopened, with negative COVID tests required for both departure and arrival.
- In India, schools and businesses are beginning to open after a significant and deadly wave of COVID caused the entire country to enter into lockdown for an extended season. Domestic air travel has resumed, and some international air travel has also reopened.
- In Nepal, the Kathmandu Valley is beginning to reopen after strict lockdown, and children have been able to return to Godawari Education Centre.
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?
The Orphan Outreach Missions Staff have taken reengaging in trips seriously and have been in constant communication with our in-country partners about this matter.
We are so excited to announce that we will be moving forward with plans for the Summer of 2022 to have trips again!
We continue to hold this with open hands and walk forward asking God for wisdom. Trips will start being posted at the end of 2021/start of 2022 as details are ready. No trips are posted at this time.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.