Hope and Homes for Children

Hope and Homes for Children

Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. Which is why we are working towards a day where every child can grow up in a loving family.  Hope and Homes for Children is a global expert in the field of deinstitutionalisation – supporting children into loving families and preventing family breakdown. With your support we are building a global movement that will eradicate orphanages in our lifetime.

An estimated eight million children are locked away in shocking overseas orphanages, but 80 per cent of these children are not orphans. Most have been estranged from their families because poverty, discrimination or disabilities. Tragically, 60 years of scientific research shows how children in orphanages are exposed to greater levels of neglect, abuse and even trafficking. 

The People's Postcode Lottery funding will enable Hope and Homes for Children to oversee the first orphanage closure for children with disabilities in Rwanda. Dedicated social workers will work with children confined to orphanages, tracing their families and giving them the support they need to become a family again. Where this is not possible, specialist foster families will be trained to give the children the love and security they need to thrive.

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