Our Vision
Improving the lives of orphans and at-risk children in Guatemala, Honduras, Russia and India through early intervention, education and evangelism.

Minister to children who have been orphaned or are at-risk of being orphaned.
Recognize and respond to the Lord's special interest and love for orphans.
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Psalm 68:5 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
Develop Christian schools for orphan and at-risk children so they develop spiritually and educationally and prepare them for adult independence.
Demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the least of these.
Provide families for homeless children through Christian foster care.
Equip churches, as well as individual Christians, to minister to orphans through long and short term mission trips, volunteering and giving opportunities.
Enhance the quality of life for children by providing needed humanitarian aid and building improvements.
Partner with private NGO’s and governments to develop best child care practices and developing preventive and aftercare programs.
Develop programs and curriculum for orphans with HIV and AIDS.

What is an Orphan?
Definitions of orphans vary and Orphan Outreach has chosen to minster to children that are “orphaned or at risk of being orphaned”.

The word orphan comes from Greek (orphanos), and Late Latin orphanus, meaning a "child whose parents are dead". According to the on-line Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary an orphan is: (1) a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents; (2) a young animal that has lost its mother, and (3) one deprived of some protection or advantage-e.g., orphans of the storm.

UNICEF is widely recognized as setting the current definition and statistics quoted throughout this website are from UNICEF. The following can be found on the UNICEF site: http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_orphans.html


Children without Parental Care
Orphans and vulnerable children are deprived of their first line of protection – their parents. Reasons include having temporarily or permanently:
Lost their caregivers or guardians (orphans).
Lost contact with their caregivers. For example, street children, unaccompanied displaced or refugee children.
Been separated from their parents. For example, where parents are detained or children are abducted.
Been placed in alternative care by their caregivers. For example, children with disabilities or children from poor families who are placed in institutions.
Been kept in prolonged hospital care. For example, on grounds of health status, such as HIV status.
Been detained in educational, remand, correctional or penal facilities as a result of an administrative or judicial decision. For example, suspected or convicted offenders or child asylum seekers.

Although the reasons vary greatly, separation from parents and family is usually detrimental for the overall well being and development of the child. In addition, placement in institutions is often not the best solution for separated children.

Children without the guidance and protection of their primary caregivers are often more vulnerable and at risk of becoming victims of violence, exploitation, trafficking, discrimination or other abuses.  In conflict situations, involuntary separation from both family and community protection, sometimes across national borders, greatly increases the child's risk of exposure to violence, physical abuse, exploitation and even death. Surviving children face malnutrition, illness, physical and psychosocial trauma, and impaired cognitive and emotional development. Unaccompanied girls are at especially high risk of sexual abuse.  Meanwhile, unaccompanied boys are at high risk of forced or 'voluntary' participation in violence and armed conflict.
In Central and Eastern Europe alone, almost 1.5 million children live in public care
In Russia, the annual number of ‘children left without parental care’ has more than doubled over the last 10 years, despite falling birth rates.
Conflict has orphaned or separated 1 million children from their families in the 1990s.  
An estimated two to five per cent of the refugee population are unaccompanied children.  
An estimated 163 million children are orphaned by one or both parents. (‘Children on the Brink 2004. A Joint Report of New Orphan Estimates and a Framework for Action. UNICEF/UNAIDS/USAID. July 2004).
The number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS is expected to jump to more than 25 million. In 12 African countries, projections show that orphans will comprise at least 15 per cent of all children under 15 years of age by 2010.
Serve
SERVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY – your collection and donation of new backpacks and school supplies for Orphan Outreach Mission Backpack provides opportunities to minister in orphanages, schools, and poor neighborhoods, and it allows us to reach more children for Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more about Mission Backpack.

SERVE OVERSEAS – your commitment to travel with Orphan Outreach allows the children we serve to know they are not forgotten. In ministering to the children you become the hands and feet of Christ and profoundly impact their lives as well as your own. Click here to learn more about traveling on a mission trip.
Support
SUPPORT IN PRAYER – your prayers for our ministry and the children we serve make an eternal difference. Register online to be a part of the Orphan Outreach prayer ministry and receive updates through our prayer email. Click here to join the Orphan Outreach Prayer Email.

SUPPORT FINANCIALLY – your financial gifts to Orphan Outreach will help meet the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of children living in orphanages and substandard situations around the world. Click here to make a donation today and change the life of a child.
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SHARE - you can become an advocate for orphans by sharing with others what God is doing through the ministry of Orphan Outreach. Use your personal testimony to help spread the word about traveling on a mission trip and collecting Mission Backpacks. Click here to share your mission trip or Mission Backpack drive stories and photos.
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