Many people who hear about the orphan crisis want to do something to help, even if they cannot adopt.
I’ve compiled a list of easy and affordable ways that you can help that will make a real difference.
Two the organizations in my list, Maya’s Hope and Reece’s Rainbow, are ones that I have volunteered with or am actively advocating for some of the children listed with them. They are wonderful, trustworthy charities run by loving women who are doing great things for orphaned and impoverished children.
- Donate to charities that provide formula, diapers, medications, and medical equipment directly to orphanages. Margarita’s Hope is a program run by the organization Maya’s Hope. You can give a one-time gift or choose to give monthly. Maya’s Hope makes regular shipments of supplies to orphanages in the Ukraine, where the need is very great.(https://mayashope.org/)
- Amazon Smile. Most people probably are familiar with Amazon Smile. You can sign up with Amazon for a program where a part of the money that you spend is donated to a charity that you specify. I have mine set up for donating to Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that advocates for the adoption of children with Down Syndrome and other special needs in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. I shop a lot on Amazon, so this option really works for me. (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_aas_redirect?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0)
- Help fund loving care-givers for orphans with physical and mental disabilities. This is a program also run by Maya’s Hope. Children living in rural orphanages and institutions are supplied with a “Guardian Angel”- a caregiver who serves as a mother and teacher to the children. I cannot stress how vital a service like this is to these children. Orphanages and other institutions where orphans are housed are pitifully underfunded in many Eastern European countries. There are caregivers in the orphanages, but many are of questionable quality. Maya’s Hope works with the Happy Child Foundation to hire and train women to provide sick children with the love and care they need and prepare capable children for adult life. You choose what amount you want to donate monthly. (https://mayashope.org/)
- Advocate for a waiting child. Reece’s Rainbow has a program called the Guardian Angel Program. This is a good way for people to help who want to do something for orphaned children but are in no position to adopt or maybe even to be able to give financially. You can browse the profiles of waiting children listed on Reece’s Rainbow’s website and choose one or more to advocate for; then e-mail Kenley at Reece’s Rainbow and she will sign you up. This is a good option for those who are faith-based and those who are not, because you can be creative about your advocacy. I personally have a list of 15 children who I advocate for. I pray for each one individually and I share them on my Facebook page. Many children have found families because of someone’s Facebook post about them. I also donate to their adoption funds, which are maintained by Reece’s Rainbow, and I encourage my friends and family to donate as well. And guess what? When I checked on one of the little girls on my list today on the website, I found out that a family has committed to her! YES!!!! Prayer and advocacy really work! (https://reecesrainbow.org/warriorprogram)
- Give a voice to the problem. Proverbs 31:8 issues the command to speak up for those who do not have a voice.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
For the rights of all who are destitute.”
Visit adoption-related websites and read about the needs of orphaned and abandoned children. Then use social media to educate your friends. Most people are not aware of the needs of orphaned children, but would want to help them in some way if they were made aware.
- Help a woman to support her family so that her children will not be taken to the orphanage in the first place. There are many charities in operation whose goal is to help women in precarious financial situations, due to widowhood or abandonment by their husbands, find gainful employment. Usually, it is a service that she can render while staying home with her children, such as raising and selling livestock or doing handwork. Krochet Kids employs women to knit hats, clothing, and bags, which they sell on their website. It’s nice stuff, too! It would be a much better investment to buy your knit hats and scarves for winter from Krochet Kids, than one of the popular labels people always seem to want. Your purchase will be signed by the woman who made it, and you can visit her profile on the website and read more about her. Heifer International and Samaritan’s Purse both have livestock raising programs for women. (https://www.krochetkids.org/)