Defend the cause of the fatherless. (Isaiah 1:17, NET)
GOOD SHEPHERD - BRAZIL
When Kurt and Gudrun Redmann arrived in Brazil in 1971, they were overwhelmed at the plight of children. They renovated a neglected hospital building to provide abandoned boys with food, education and, most importantly, a future in Christ. Today, Randy and Carla lead the ministry founded by Randy’s parents.
NIKKI’S PLACE - THAILAND
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador (PAONL) global workers Roy and Avis Rideout have offered hope to children living with HIV/ AIDS in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past twenty-three years. They provide a loving family for 100+ children aged 0-21 years.
VILLAGES OF HOPE AFRICA
There are 10 villages located in five countries in Africa providing children with education, nutrition, shelter, and healthcare. The first Village of Hope in Kitwe, Zambia, opened in 1999. Sergio Bersaglio is the Executive Director of VOH Africa and his wife, Nancy, is the Director of Development.
PREM SEWA SHIKSHAN SANGH – INDIA
In October 1981, Frank Juelich started a home for boys who came from difficult life situations. In 1987 the first of three schools were started, and a girls’ school was established in 1992. Today the ministry continues to offer love, service, education and community under the leadership of Yohan Raut and Bapu Desai.
NOAH’S ARK - PHILIPPINES
This ministry was founded in 1989 by three young women: Tracey Pioveson, Annette Nyquist and Linda Veldhuizen. It has been a place of refuge for 250+ children over the past 25 years. Children who have grown are now contributing to their communities as nurses, engineers, and pastors. Linda continues to lead the ministry.
WATOTO CHILD CARE MINISTRIES – UGANDA
Marilyn and Gary Skinner founded this international organization in 1994 in response to the millions of children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. Watoto has cared for thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children, with over 3,000 currently receiving care.
In the next issue of ONE you will read about another way to care for orphans.
What does it look like and is it viable?
UNICEF Malawi offered this report earlier this year: As the Malawi government moved away from traditional orphanages this NGO [Village of Hope in Malawi] adopted the reintegration methodology [of] coming alongside families to provide necessary access to health care and education, but the children live with their relatives rather than in an institution (Brown, A. 2019).