GO Model

The global orphan pandemic is a horrible blight on our world today, but also presents opportunities for radical life transformation.

The global orphan pandemic is a horrible blight on our world today, but also presents opportunities for radical life transformation.

You won’t see it on the news tonight or read it in the headlines, but consider this:

  • Approximately 26,000 to 30,000 children under the age of 5 living in extreme poverty die each day. That’s a 9/11 catastrophe with children every 2-1/2 hours each day, each month, each year.
  • Millions of children in the poorest nations of the world have suffered catastrophic family breakdown, such that these children – true Orphans – fend for themselves without champions for their lives.  These children, the Ones at the very end of humanity’s line, have disappeared from our world’s “helping” agenda.
  • Roughly 500,000 children live in the United States foster care system.  9 out of 10 of them will be re-unified with family or quickly adopted.  That’s the good news.  Here’s the bad news:  One out of 10 nobody seems to want.  They linger and ping around in the State system for years until they age out and wind-up in our streets and prisons.

The Ones who’ve been cut out and left behind.  They’re our heart.

GO Project is a viral, grassroots movement of so many of you who engage your lives with the most vulnerable children in this mess. You’re giving your resources and hearts. And we’re all learning something deeply mysterious along the way: the little Ones behind these cold statistics can teach us how to love more radically, vulnerably, and deeply than we ever imagined. They change us. GO Project is not a ministry of misery, guilt or statistics, but of life transformation.


Orphan Care: Empowering Communities & Changing Us

God’s first line of care for children is the family, including adoptive families. For our target children, the love of family does not exist.  Perhaps their parents have died. Or, they’ve endured abuse or abandonment such that these little Ones lack a viable means of day-to-day care.  Kids who’ve suffered catastrophic family failure:  these children are the focus of our ministry.

For such children, we focus on the local church as the next line of care.  With the wrap-around support of their friends in the church and others, and some help from people like us, families and caregivers within the local church can provide family to orphaned and abandoned children.  And do so in a way that keeps these children connected within their community fabric.

Our help to children often translates into practical things.  Like help with homes, water, school, food, the basics of life.  Their help to us translates into spiritual things.  Like helping us learn to love better.

There are many people here in the United States – families, churches, businesses, schools, small groups – who want to help these children. And there are established local churches there, where the children live, who are willing to care for these children within the local church family. They just need a little help. So there is a Here side, and a There side in this life giving circuit. The two sides need a connector. That’s us.


Orphan Prevention

The line between children who’ve been abandoned and vulnerable children on the brink is a thin one.  The difference lies in whether a child has a champion in her life who is still willing to try – even if the weight of life is crushing the effort.

Our local church partners seek to strengthen vulnerable families on the brink.  That’s a core part of their ministries.  We work with our partners and their communities to help supplement this orphan prevention / family strengthening effort.

Our orphan prevention focus centers on Education and Economic Development.

Education:  As circumstances and resources allow, we work with our partners to improve school access and quality for vulnerable children in the community, not just the children in the full time care of the church.  Very often, helping a vulnerable child go to school and eat just one meal per day is enough to keep a struggling family together.

Economic Development:  Through our GO Fund, we help start and operate businesses and agricultural ventures that create dignified jobs among the poor, and generate profits to help pay for Orphan Care.  Learn more


Signature Components of GO Project Model

There are three (3) signature components to our model in the field. We emphasize orphan care that is:

  1. Local Church Owned
  2. Base Level (culturally relevant)
  3. Sustainable

Local Church Owned

GO Project does not own the day-to-day care of the children. The local church does. The local church leadership selects and supports the parents and other local staff to wrap around and help care for 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

We help the local church give the children a ‘bump up’ into a humble, base level of care within the church family. We want the homes and standards of care to blend into the community, not jump over the top of it. Artificial 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 our model of Orphan care. And that is by design.

Sustainable

In the GO Project vocabulary, ‘sustainable’ means shifting from pure aid funding to more market-based funding for Orphan care, creating job opportunities and lifting dignity in the process. Orphan care requires catalytic aid. But pure financial charity in perpetuity leads to destructive dependency, and drains dignity. Through GO Fund, we invest in job training, business ventures, and agricultural ventures uniquely tied to our Orphan care mission. Learn more


International Orphan Care

GO Project serves in some of the poorest countries around the world. We have facilitated local church based orphan care in 20 countries. Our current international zones of focus are Haiti, East Africa, and India.  To learn more about our currently active villages, click here.


Domestic Orphan Care

Through the course of our ministry, we’ve learned that our world’s Orphan Window with parentless children locked in bondage is not a geographic window. Or even an economic window. These children in desperate need of family exist right under our noses, right here in the United States.

GO Project serves US local churches called to provide family to the Ones stuck in government foster care systems – the One out of 10 that nobody seems to want.  We act as a necessary intermediary between the Church and the State to help move these children from State care to family care through participating local churches.  For some children, that will mean traditional adoption.  For other older children, that will mean living in family-based homes owned and supported by a participating local church who helps transition them into adulthood.  We support our local church partners through the process.

Our primary domestic Orphan Care focus is by direct intervention in Texas, Missouri, and Kansas, and by providing counsel to churches and other Orphan care ministries called to the Ones elsewhere in the United States.  To learn more about our Domestic Orphan Care ministry, click here.


Orphan Care Giving Options

Donors engaging in the GO Project orphan care movement have 3 core ways to give:

  1. Greatest Needs This is the lifeblood of our orphan care ministry. To help meet our kids’ Greatest Needs, click here.
  2. Sponsor a Village To learn more, click here.
  3. Sponsor a Home To learn more, click here.