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NE MILLION ORPHANS
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Our mission is to support orphans in a healthy, positive, and sustainable way.
208 Orphans served and counting...
About One Million Orphans
Founded by Jeanne Celestine Lakin, a Rwandan Genocide survivor, and former orphan, One Million Orphans is a nonprofit that raises money to care for orphans around the world. Fueled by the isolation, suffering, and fear that came from her experience, Jeanne witnessed a new generation of children struggling as she did and decided to dedicate her life to helping them. The organization provides care such as food, clothing, education, medical care and counseling to children in need, and has a goal to help one million children. Follow us: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. A Voice in the Darkness can be purchased on Amazon (all sales from A Voice in the Darkness directly benefit One Million Orphans).
Today, most children adopted internationally come from China, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ukraine. But even China, which has been the top sending country since the late 1990’s, has decreased its foreign adoptions by 86 percent. In recent decades South Korea, Romania, Guatemala, China, Kazakstan, and Russia– all former leaders in foreign adoption – have also banned or cut back on international custody transfers. International adoptions have dropped 72% since 2005. More recent reports indicate a continuation of those trends. Considering most countries have blocked international adoption, we’ve decided the best way to support orphans is to do so where they currently are. What that means is we bring resources to them so that they may have happier, healthier lives. And because many of the orphanages we support are in poverty-stricken areas, the need is great.
Using our connections, volunteers and employees on the ground in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and other countries, we have located struggling orphanages and provided support in the way of food, clothing, school supplies, and medical care. Many of these facilities are barely functioning and are in desperate need of assistance. The children living there are often under-nourished and neglected. We inject these places with resources and support to operate properly. Moving forward, we are expanding our support to sustainable methods such as agriculture and livestock breeding.
The pictures and videos below were shot at two orphanages in Burundi. A week before we contacted them, the matrons gathered the children in a room to pray for food and school supplies. One week later we made our first donation from book sales and contributions. And a few days later the matrons and children celebrated. Notice the uniforms and books on the ledge behind them.
One Million Orphans is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Austin, Texas as One Million Orphans LLC. (EIN 83-2211529 ) and its application for 501(c)(3) status is currently pending.