Hope and Homes for ChildrenIt is estimated that 8 million children worldwide are growing up in orphanages. Orphanages are abusive, neglectful and treat children as mere numbers. Studies of young adults who grew up in orphanages have shown that up to 1 in 3 will end up homeless and 1 in 10 will commit suicide. These are the lucky ones, some institutions have mortality rates of 80%.
Our vision is a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care. We work in over 24 countries, providing on-the-ground expertise (setting up fostering, adoption, family support and other systems); technical support to other charities and authorities (training and advice); and advocacy (influencing and lobbying governments and international organisations) to ensure the needs of each individual child are at the heart of child protection.
When we started our work in Romania in 1999 there were 100,000 children in orphanages, now there are less than 10,000. We have commitment from six governments in the countries we work, to close all their orphanages. We believe we can end the injustice of the institutionalisation of children.
Registered Charity No. 1089490