Caring for Orphans
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 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, true orphans who have been cut out and left behind, they are 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.
Blessings flow both ways.
God is raising up His people, all around the world, to care for His kids. Hear from those who have said “Yes” to this invitation and witnessed the many blessings flowing both ways; true blessings always do.
Where we work
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, India, and the United States. To learn more about our currently active communities, click here.
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.
Signature Components of GO Project Model
There are three (3) signature components to our model in the field. We emphasize orphan care that is:
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.
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
Orphan Care Giving Options
Donors engaging in the GO Project orphan care movement have 3 core ways to give: