Identifying and training best practices in residential orphan care


The return on investment is measured not in capital projects, but in the transformed lives of orphans throughout the world.

The numbers are staggering: UNICEF estimates there are 5-8 million children in residential orphan care—but acknowledges that figure may be vastly understated. If the number is only 6 million, and we estimate a very conservative $3,000 per child for annual care, we are spending 18 billion dollars in residential orphan care annually. And yet we have virtually nothing to show for it. Throwing money at the problem doesn’t change outcomes.

Wise, strategic engagement is the key.

That is why investment in Hope Institute is so important. We don’t spend our funding on bricks and mortar, equipment, or even on providing the necessities for orphan care. Instead, the team at Hope Institute is totally focused on those already immersed in providing care for orphans. The organizations with which we work have the buildings, the buses, and they are providing good homes for their children.

Too often, however, even well-established organizations have little or no access to best practices. It is a foundational value of Hope Institute that knowledge and methodologies in the care of high-risk OVC must be shared. We help organizations find the paths to change the futures of their kids.


The Importance of Scale

We cannot begin to address the magnitude of the problem one child at a time; the numbers are simply too great. Every day, as many as 40,000 more children become orphans or are abandoned by their parents—and only 250,000 children are adopted each year. About as many children become orphans in any one week as are adopted in a single year. Annually, 14 million children age out of the care systems, including residential programs and foster care—that is 38,356 orphans aging out every day; one child every 2.2 seconds.

The only way to address this problem is by scaling programs to meet this avalanche of children.

At Hope Institute,

we are committed to developing scaled projects which will multiply the impact of our programming and the success of our training.