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Security and Compassion is Alive at Every Orphan's Hope

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Through local churches, home life and sponsorship, Every Orphan's Hope is able to help hundreds of orphans in Zambia. But this is no ordinary orphanage. The group sponsors 12 homes, each with eight children and a widow "mama", who raises the children as if they were her own. "Eight orphans (four boys and four girls) are paired together with a widow to create a new family," explains founder and President Gary W. Schneider.

Every Orphan's Hope was started in 2002 to help the massive AIDS orphan crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Schneider was called to Zambia for this work and had a different solution to a growing problem. He describes his decision, "Orphans and widows who have lost everything, and most significantly the love and security of a family and home, needed a compassionate and innovative solution."

"There are an estimated 150 million orphans in the world," Schneider states. "A significant number of these children are at great risk for abuse and exploitation and are vulnerable to violence, malnutrition, disease and hopelessness. There's something each of us can do to alleviate these risks and help bring hope to an orphan."

One thing anyone can do is to help with fundraising through purchasing an item or volunteering. Funding is acquired from selling colorful handmade bags and other items online, through child sponsorships of $31 a month, donations and events. Sponsors can check into and communicate with their sponsored child through the private Facebook page set up for each home. Schneider tells us, "Sponsors can also travel to Zambia to meet their sponsored child and serve other orphans in the communities through Camp Hope, a week-long Bible camp where over 300 orphans enjoy learning crafts, playing sports and receive three meals a day and lots of love and attention."

Orphan's Golf Classic 2015 had 60 golfers turn out for a golf scramble to raise money for Every Orphan's Hope, as well holding a 1K and 5K run. The organization also has a Chicks-4-Orphans training program where they raise chicks to sell in AIDS/HIV-devastated areas. "Chicks-4-Orphans is a poultry farm," says Schneider, "created to provide sustainable local income to help fund ministry activities. The teens and young adults also learn farming skills that can provide a way to make a living and provide for their own families in the future."

Schneider's mission is clear. "Until every orphan has a loving family and a safe place to call home, I'll continue encouraging those who of us with a family and a home to help orphans find their forever home too."

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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