Why Orphan Rescue and Care Makes a Powerful Difference
From Cambodia to the Dominican Republic, India, Uganda, and beyond, children every day live and grow up without their parents. It is estimated that over 140 million children worldwide are orphans, and many of them have lost their parents to war. 1 out of 8 babies is born into conflict, according to statistics by UNICEF. These children face the perils of life on a daily basis, vulnerable to the natural elements, starvation, abuse, and child labor. Opportunities for education, medical care, and careers appear nonexistent, let alone the daunting tasks of safety and survival. Left to fend for themselves, disenfranchised children develop negative behaviors about themselves, others, and life. Provided they beat the odds and survive into adulthood the chances on becoming a positive and productive member of their community is slim to none.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Dim as the chances may seem, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Kinship United, a nonprofit charitable organization, has embraced orphans and highly vulnerable children by giving them a place to heal and grow. Kinship homes provide the obvious necessities of shelter and food, but more importantly an environment where these children have an opportunity to grow in a healthy and stable environment. Since 1999 Kinship United has rescued orphans from tragic situations, young lives torn apart by war and conflict in various countries. Over the years, they have established a strong network of local churches, rescue centers, and community organizations to provide food, shelter, and a stable environment that protects the best interests of orphans regardless of age, gender, or nationality. This humanitarian approach provides an essential foundation for nurturing and preparing these children for a future..
Building Strong Children
The famous African-American writer and social reformer Frederick Douglas once said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." This statement is true on many different levels. Scientific evidence in neurological studies has confirmed that some of the most impressionable phases that impacts a person's perceptions of life occur during the years of childhood. This is true for perceptions that have both positive and negative outcomes on the health of the body and the brain. It is possible for these perceptional patterns to change at adulthood, but they require much more work to change at that point than at childhood.
In light of this insight, Kinship United recognizes the importance of nurturing orphans rescued from post-traumatic situations with skill and proper care by giving them a sense of belonging in addition to food, shelter, education, and medical treatment. This belonging fulfills the questions about the meaning of life that people all over the world have sought answers for, including young children. By establishing orphans in a strong network of churches, they will have a chance to heal from the hurt, thrive, and even make a difference in other people's lives. This is made possible through the generous donations of goods, volunteer time, and funds by Kinship's partners in outpost locations across the globe. Thanks to these partners, Kinship United can continue to help disparaged orphans through rescue and relief, well-being, and spiritual growth that they will remember their whole lives.