Veronica, 10 yrs old Paul and Veronica’s parents were murdered, and in an instant, they were orphans. Thankfully, their family was there to help…or so it seemed. Paul and Veronica’s aunt took them to her house to stay with her. But her intentions were far from good. As soon as they got there, she put them to work. While their auntie sent her own children to school, Paul and Veronica stayed at home to work around the house every morning. In the afternoons, they were sent into the fields to keep monkeys away from eating the crops from her garden.
Silly question? Maybe not. Have you ever really thought about where the children in Kinship Projects come from? Each one has a story of heartache and loss that set their life on an unimaginable course. Whether they lost their parents to disease, often mosquito or water-borne illnesses, or to the effects of poverty, war and unrest, or were separated permanently from them while fleeing a war-torn village, their heartache is all their own. Landmines still claim thousands of lives in Cambodia. One minute a mother or father is working to bring home food for the family. And with one step,
Those of us who live in the United States are very fortunate to live in a culture where giving is valued. I was at a seminar last week, and the speaker — a respected fundraising consultant — argued that American culture is the most generous culture in the history of the world. There are, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) over 1.5 million registered charitable organizations in the United States. Americans give over 300 billion dollars — every year. Not only does such a large social sector allow for great life-changing organizations (like ours!) to survive and
International orphan care is a complicated and sensitive topic. It's tempting to believe that everyone with good intentions and a sincere heart can go out and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, it's also easy to do more harm than good. That's why a careful set of guiding principles is necessary to direct the decisions that'll affect orphan’s lives. Here are five guiding principles that we at Kinship United are striving for as we seek to find the best gospel-centered solution for orphaned and vulnerable children: 1. Family reunification and Kinship Care It's in the best interest of an orphaned child
It seems like an easy assumption that any church would jump at the opportunity to care for orphans and widows. But if you've ever tried to get your church involved in orphan care, you may have hit a few unexpected challenges. After years of working with faithful churches who generously serve orphans and widows together with our in-country partners, here are 5 tips we’ve learned for getting your church involved in orphan care: 1. Be patient Don’t be offended if your pastor doesn’t have time to think this through immediately. Or if multiple committees want to get involved and do their research. I've