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Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!

by ONETrack International
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!

At our Gambia program, everyone is hard at work building a new computer lab for the secondary school students! Internet access is crucial to a student's education and overall success in school, and very few students have phones or access to online information at all. According to UNICEF: Two thirds of the world’s school-age children – or 1.3 billion children aged 3 to 17 years old – do not have internet connection in their homes, according to a new joint report from UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Nearly a quarter of a billion students worldwide are still affected by COVID-19 school closures, forcing hundreds of millions of students to rely on virtual learning. For those with no internet access, education can be out of reach. Even before the pandemic, a growing cohort of young people needed to learn foundational, transferable, digital, job-specific and entrepreneurial skills to compete in the 21st century economy. The digital divide is perpetuating inequalities that already divide countries and communities, the report notes. Children and young people from the poorest households, rural and lower income states are falling even further behind their peers and are left with very little opportunity to ever catch up. Which is why we are so excited for this opportunity for students to expand their learning experience!

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ONETrack International (OTI) is a US-based nonprofit that practices alternative orphan-care solutions around the world, but we are also a registered charity in Greece. Currently Greece is home to over 30,000 refugees who have fled their homes in Ukraine during the conflict... and most are vulnerable families experiencing trauma, loss, family separation, and the economic stress of relocating to a strange country. Men aged 18-60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine, so most of the families arriving are single mothers with children, and the elderly, and all are living in a state of uncertainty.

ONETrack in Greece is supporting our partners who are providing accommodations for mothers and children, provisions of food and school needs and the psychosocial support required from trauma experienced during the invasion. Our goal is to keep families together, keep children out of institutional care, and contribute to their education and health needs.

Thank you to everyone that has already contributed to the Ukraine response; and if anyone is still looking for ways to support Ukrainian families during the refugee crisis; you can still donate to our GlobalGiving Page: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-orphaned-children/ 

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To some, home is a roof, four walls, a bed, and the reassurance that they will have a place to rest their head when night falls. To others, home is not a place, but a sentiment. A sentiment that no place, four walls, and a roof could replace. A sentiment rooted in culture, family, belonging, and familiarity. For orphaned children, a consistent and stable home is not always guaranteed. The idea of home, changes, at times far away and hard to grasp. Family, heritage, roots, and community are all words, feelings, ideas that should not be taken away from them, even if their home is no longer the walls that once surrounded them.
 
With the help of organizations such as ONETrack International (OTI), children no longer feel like they’ve lost a home. ONETrack ensures children around the world can thrive through Family Preservation and Transition to Home approaches to orphan-care that are designed to keep families and communities together. Being relocated to extended families, and cities or towns where they grew up, can ensure the sentiment remains, even during the hardest times. A song from their hometown, a recipe passed down generations, a tradition that reminds them of a memory long ago, all these little things will shine a light on their new home.

To learn more about what constitutes a home, we encourage you to read the OTI blog by Allegra Lleo, available here. Additionally, in December 2021, ONETrack released a short film, depicting the importance of keeping children with their families and in their community of birth through a meaningful storytelling experience. Watch the film, “At Home”, here.

Support Family Preservation and Transition to Home approaches by giving today at: https://onetrackinternational.org/.

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For our End of Year Campaign, ONETrack International released our first short film, “At Home”!  This film was made possible by the students of SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, and in collaboration with ONETrack International. The purpose of the film is to raise awareness of the need and importance of keeping children with their families and in their community of birth through a meaningful storytelling experience. Celebrate with us, and watch "At Home" now!

At ONETrack International, we are reimagining orphan care by ensuring children around the world have the opportunity to thrive through our Family Preservation and Transition to Home approaches to orphan-care which are designed to do just what the film depicts, keep families and communities together. 

Support Family Preservation by giving today at: www.give.ONETrackInternational.org. Or, you can also support these children by sharing the short film (https://youtu.be/aXbM5qZNXa4) and raising awareness for family preservation.

Together, we are #ReimaginingOrphanCare.

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We are excited to share the ONETrack International 2020 Impact Report with our GlobalGiving community! You can access the complete PDF here: https://onetrackinternational.org/2020impact/

As a small teaser, check out the letter from our board…

 

The year 2020 will be remembered by most as one of the truly challenging periods of human history. It certainly brought on a glut of destructive forces, in respect to global health and individual lives, economic hardships, and a retreat from transnational coordination; and, these will forever be the tragedies that will surface in our minds when we reflect upon the pandemic. However, it was also a year of polarity and the devastation at the foreground of the Covid-era newsfeed will always overshadow some of the more advantageous secondary effects that will emerge only once the catastrophe subsides: while there were so many that suffered from the virus itself, the race for treatments and cures also led to monumental strides in scientific achievement; while an erratic global economy damaged so many peoples’ situations and prospects, new innovations and systems derived to weather that uncertainty will be another irreversible byproduct of the pandemic; and, despite the ‘fend for yourself’ mentality of geopolitical 2020, we are starting to see multilateralism rise again as the world fights to bring infection rates down…

Just as the planet suffered such polarizing conditions, ONETrack International too experienced adverse outcomes in every aspect of our mission. From an Operations standpoint: While we are happy to report that none of the villages that we work in encountered any major outbreaks, there were certainly many losses in the developing world as economies closed, went on long lockdowns, families received fewer remittances from overseas and there was virtually no tourism in places that rely on it — and this added mounting pressure on already strained households. In addition, there are always lingering fears of what an outbreak could do to remote and rural villages with limited access to the health equipment required to fight the virus (and as all NGOs, we also had an abundance of non-pandemic matters to tend to — a conflict in Cameroon, two hurricanes in Honduras, and an economic collapse in Zimbabwe — to name a few).

As an Organization: The ONETrack model proved extremely resilient! As policy, ONETrack has always made it protocol to have our field teams composed completely of local coordinators and staff, and as other charities scrambled to recall expatriate personnel ‘from the field’; we charged on — business as usual. Also, our philosophy to maintain extremely low overhead and exist solely as a virtual office almost seems prescient now, because by the time the pandemic hit, our day to day was already working though the online platforms that most companies hurried to acquire and learn. As for our Fundraising Efforts: Despite the world undergoing a collective trauma not met in generations, and despite all the anger and blame on the façades, HUMANITY CAME THROUGH! We saw a colossal rise in individual giving and massive increase in our volunteer force- like never before! People from all backgrounds, regions of the world, and political creeds were excited to be part of our programs, despite all that was going on in their personal lives, and while a lot of viciousness consumed the headlines this year, compassion and sympathy found its way to a lot of folks that needed it. And, we need to thank our incredible Senior Executive Team, our outstanding Volunteer Staff and amazing Mission Ambassadors for all that you did to make 2020 such a success; and, to everyone who donated to our volunteered for our children in the year of 2020, we thank you so much for your continued faith in humanity.

By Todd Finklestone, Director of Operations & Shaun Bamforth, Executive Director

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Location: Dedham, MA - USA
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Anna Cavolowsky
Dedham, MA United States
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