Orphans

Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can do something. Here are four great ways to engage your family in showing hope!

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child under 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death. By this definition, there were nearly 140 million orphans globally in 2015, including 61 million in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This large figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost a father but have a surviving mother or have lost their mother but have a surviving father.

Of the nearly 140 million children classified as orphans, 15.1 million have lost both parents. Evidence clearly shows that the vast majority of orphans are living with a surviving parent grandparent, or other family member. 95 percent of all orphans are over the age of five.

 

 

NEED TO EXPAND ON ISSUE

-too many deaths of parents, too many becoming orphaned, governments unable to help

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS?

Change For Children Jar

Start collecting spare change for children in need of a family. This is an opportunity to share the importance of helping those in need with your children. You can watch the jar fill up with extra change in your home, and then donate the money you’ve collected as a family.

Sponsor

Make the commitment as a family to become a Show Hope sponsor. As a sponsor, your monthly donation will help bring more waiting children into the love of a family through Adoption Aid grants, as well as help provide life-giving medical care to orphans with acute medical and special needs at Show Hope’s Care Centers in China.

Show Hope sponsors have impacted the lives of thousands of children. However, many more remain waiting. Your sponsorship can help restore hope to orphans in distress.

Advocate

Have a garage sale to benefit Show Hope, or plan a neighborhood block party to raise awareness for the movement to care for orphans. Think outside the box to see what creative project you and your family can come up with!

Donate a Birthday

You can donate your birthday to Show Hope. Ask your friends and family to give  to Show Hope in lieu of birthday presents. You can even create an online fundraising page where your guests can donate to your birthday fund!

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