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Orphan Outreach

FOUNDING of Orphan Outreach

Orphan Outreach was founded in 2007 to glorify Jesus Christ by having a significant, long-term impact on orphaned and vulnerable children by equipping each child for a fulfilling, independent Christian life in their community. 

Orphan Outreach co-founders Mike Douris, Paula Hayes, Eraina Larson, Amy Norton, Amy Seale and Tiffany Taylor Wines, along with the Board of Directors, including Jean Halleen, Blair Pogue, Esther Rogers, Dr. Robert Sloan, Stephen Spencer, and Wilson Williams, found inspiration in the Bible verse, James 1:27:

“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.”

Religion at its essence, is taking care of those who can not take of themselves. This is the heart of Orphan Outreach.

Together with our supporters, Orphan Outreach provides education, food, medical care and emotional healing to 10,000 children and their families each year. Coming alongside local churches, ministries and organizations in countries around the world, we offer professional expertise, help fund their efforts, and supply much needed additional volunteers. Through our ministry programs, we empower local leaders — those who understand their communities best and know what their people truly need — to do even more to restore hope to orphaned and vulnerable children.


Orphan Outreach MILESTONES

2007

Orphan Outreach establishes ministry programs in Guatemala, Honduras, India and Russia–serving 1,000 orphaned and vulnerable children

Orphan Outreach leads first mission trips to Guatemala, India and Russia

Orphan Outreach begins providing humanitarian aid to vulnerable children in the United States

2008

Orphan Outreach leads first mission trip to Honduras

Orphan Outreach creates aging out initiative in Russia, helping orphaned and vulnerable young adults transition into independent adult life after aging out of traditional residential care

2009

Orphan Outreach creates Women for Orphans Worldwide(WOW), an auxiliary serving ministry programs in Guatemala, and hosts first WOW fundraising luncheon

2010

Orphan Outreach establishes ministry program in Latvia and leads first mission trip to Latvia

Orphan Outreach expands aging out initiative to Latvia

2012

Orphan Outreach establishes ministry program in Kenya and leads first mission trip to Kenya; relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Bungoma begins

Orphan Outreach launches child sponsorship program

2013

Orphan Outreach and NGOs Asociacion Niñez con Futuro  (Guatemala) and Miera Osta (Latvia) work with Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) to expand alliance support to those countries

2014

The Children’s Hope Dinner is founded, becoming the largest annual fundraiser for Orphan Outreach global ministries

2016

Orphan Outreach establishes ministry program in Ukraine and expands aging out initiative to include Ukrainian young adults

Joseph’s DreamCoat becomes adoption grant ministry of Orphan Outreach

2017

Orphan Outreach establishes ministry program in Nepal

Orphan Outreach celebrates a decade of ministry service in nine countries, serving 4,000 orphaned and vulnerable children

2018

Orphan Outreach sponsorships serve more than 1,000 children throughout the world

Orphan Outreach expands relationship with the Anglican Church of Kenya, working with the Archbishop to evaluate new ministry opportunities to vulnerable communities

2019

Orphan Outreach leads first mission trip to Ukraine

Orphan Outreach establishes partnership with Child Protective Services in Honduras to create guidelines, training, and support for the country’s first privatized foster care program and to reunite children with their primary caregivers or extended families whenever possible

Orphan Outreach earns Guide Star Gold Seal of Transparency

2020

Orphan Outreach expands aging out initiative to Latin America

Orphan Outreach opens the Orphan Outreach Marketplace, a social enterprise committed to meeting the needs of children and families while providing dignified work to artisans

Orphan Outreach partners with the National Council of Adoptions (CNA) in Guatemala to establish the country’s first database for orphaned children in protective care, leading to a loving, permanent family environment for thousands of children

Joseph’s DreamCoat adoption grant ministry expands to Kenya to support domestic adoptions in that country

Orphan Outreach provides critical support during COVID-19 global pandemic, serving 2 million meals to more than 7,500 children and families worldwide

2021

Orphan Outreach completes the Patmos School and Stephen W. Spencer Community Center, the ministry’s first major capital project providing education, Christ-centered counseling, meals, medical care and safe haven to students and families in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya

Working with the Anglican Church of Kenya, Orphan Outreach establishes an education and feeding program for orphaned and vulnerable children of the Maasai tribe in Narok County