What most people think of when they hear the word orphan is a child who has no family. In developing countries, finding a child who has no extended family is rare. The children we seek to help are ones where the family is at risk. A typical situation in these countries is where the father or mother in the family dies. The surviving spouse looks at their kids and realizes that they can’t make it. They begin to look at their options. Many times there will be a orphanage in their area that has a nice building painted with bright colors. The mom or dad knows that the orphanage will provide food and an education for their child. They know they can’t do that, so they make the difficult decision to give their child to the orphanage. Now that child is an orphan. The child not only lost one parent; he or she has lost both. Their parents have been replaced in most cases by a paid employee in an orphanage. As good as this orphanage may be, it could never give what the child really needs…a family. A child needs to have close intimate relationships that are difficult to obtain outside the family structure. Studies have shown that institutional orphanages produce adults who have a difficult time adapting to society.
HisKids seeks to help families before they give up on raising their child. Through our Orphan Advocate, we assist families that are in crisis. We provide food, education, health care and support to these families until they can make it on their own. This support system is accomplished through the community around them. The local church is mobilized and given resources to help these families in crisis and provide foster care when needed. This also has the effect of strengthening the church as these people become a strong community.