Humanitarian Aid Programs
In 2009, UNICEF estimated there are 143 to 210 million orphans world-wide. Most of these children will spend their entire childhoods within the orphanage walls. They live day to day receiving only minimal interaction with caregivers. These children do not receive enough food, medical attention, social interaction, or education.
Most orphaned children are delayed developmentally by four to six months for every year they live in an institution. When these children "age out" of the orphanage, usually between the age of 14 and 18, 20% will commit suicide within a year of leaving.
Surviving orphans statistically turn to crime by joining gangs, the mafia, and even terrorist organizations in order to survive. 80% will turn to prostitution. This lifestyle makes them more likely to perpetuate the cycle, abandon their own children, and exponentially increase the cycle of neglect. It is a dangerous and desperate problem.
Hope International understands that it is critical to help the children left behind.
Looking for ways to address systemic problems for the children living in orphanages, Hope expanded its humanitarian aid programs in 2005 to help the children who may never be adopted.
Our current programs:
Look what we’ve done for children across the world in 2013!
Provided a summer enrichment program for 300 orphans and community children
Shipped medical supplies, medicines, clothing, books, toys, and other supplies to orphanages.
Purchased new mattresses for orphanage.
Sent medical supplies, school supplies, and clothing to two orphanages.
Sponsored children with food and clothing and helped purchase hearing aids.
Sent medicines and school supplies and purchased mattresses to children in need.
Hope’s Executive Director traveled to visit orphanages and distribute humanitarian aid to over 900 children.
Hope is now able to offer international adoption in the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.
As the global economy suffers and political resistance to international adoption builds, our work becomes even more vital, as does your continued support.
Hope’s Executive Director traveled to Uzbekistan, Honduras, and Congo to visit orphanages and distribute humanitarian aid to over 900 children.
Our Humanitarian Aid programs past and present:
- Gift of Touch Program - has sent volunteers to China, Russia, Haiti, and Honduras for a week to ten days to interact and play with the children, giving them the most precious gift of touch and love.
- Operation Father Frost - provided over 1,200 children in orphanages in Ukraine with Christmas packages containing basic necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, school supplies, and combs.
- Warm Essentials Program - provided warm clothes, coats, jackets, blankets, scarves, and mittens to children living in Russia and Ukraine.
- Quality of Life - provided wheelchairs to immobile children and medicines and surgeries to orphans in China
Formula Project--supply orphans in China with formula for a year.
- Hope for Children - provides medical supplies, water, food, school uniforms, school tuition and supplies, bedding, and other basic needs to children in Central and South America, Haiti, and Africa.
Sometimes Statistics Speak Volumes:
- There are 143,000,000 orphans in the world
- There are an additional 20,000,000 "displaced children" in the world
- The combined count of these categories makes the orphan population the 7th largest nation on the planet – slightly larger than the population of Russia
- In some Middle Eastern countries, unwanted children with Downs Syndrome are used for terrorist acts of bombing.
- In Africa, homeless children are armed and used for war.
- In Africa, there is a concerted effort to extend children’s lives beyond 5 years of age
- In Eastern Europe, less than 50% of the orphan population will live to see their 20th birthdays
- In Eastern Europe, of the orphans that survive their 20th birthdays, 50% will end up in organized crime, drugs, or prostitution
- In the US, 25% of foster children become homeless
- 30,000 leave the system every year without getting into a family
- 56% of foster care children enter the unemployment ranks
- 27% of the emancipated male children in foster care end up in jail
- 30% of the emancipated females in foster care experience early parenthood