This project assists orphanages and children's homes to provide orphans and abandoned children with a family, a home, education, and status in the community. (A family is a trained "mother," up to 8-10 siblings and community grandparents.)
Nepal's appalling number of 974,000 orphan and abandoned children are being cared for in the most unfortunate of circumstances. Untrained caregivers, often disenfranchised themselves, are unable to provide adequate care for the children, many of whom develop attachment disorder, become developmentally delayed, physically disabled or mentally compromised. Upon leaving the home, they feel rootless, often lacking the social & organizational skills required to thrive in the outside world.
Children growing up in a family setting are healthier and developmentally more advanced. "Mothers" are trained to encourage the development of self esteem and value in their children. Close community relationships nurture psychosocial development.
Children who have grown up in a family will be able to form healthy bonds and relationships with family, friends and community. Orphans and the caregivers, who are often disenfranchised widows, will enjoy improved social status.
It is a child's RIGHT to have a family and community. It really does take a village to raise a child.. and to create systemic, lasting change. - Freema Davis, Founder of Global Family Village
Total Funding Received to Date: $44,521
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,479
Total Funding Goal: $55,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).