The goals of our programs can easily be found in our mission statement: "To bring hope to the orphans of
the world by providing food, shelter, medical care, children's Bibles, educational assistance,
adoption services and more in a manner that breaks the cycle of dependence and promotes
individual and societal productivity as well as charitable character within the community." The
underlined portion of the mission statement is the driving force and motivation behind the cumulative many
thousands of hours of research into the customs, cultures, available resources and history in each area of each
country in which we work.
This is because our goals place far more emphasis on scope than on scale. Our goals apply to the individual,
the community they live in, the region, the country and the world. That's also why we have maintained a staff
of professionals who now have many years of experience working in foreign countries specifically with orphan
children. We have staff with social degrees and even expertise in adoption. The leadership of Orphan's Lifeline
International have all had success in business for many years prior to joining this organization and extensive
backgrounds in advertising and marketing to help grow our faithful pool of thousands of donor/partners,
therein providing financial stability to ensure continued growth of our programs for the orphan children of the
world, while being sure the current scope and scale is sustainable as well.
To move the children we work with from one statistical pool to another: Every child is an
individual, with individual dreams and goals. Orphan children are no different. Once their environment has
been stabilized, i.e., they have shelter, adequate food, medical care, love and nurturing, their basic critical
needs have been fulfilled. This is the first key element our programs provide. This immediately moves them
from the statistical pool that says that 50% of the orphan children will not survive to adulthood. The next
phase of our programs provides opportunities for the children to act upon their own individual dreams and
goals. We make sure that they receive a complete and thorough primary education, access to counseling and
mentoring and nurturing. Whenever the natural resources of the geographic location of the home allow, we use
agriculture and animal husbandry, sewing, baking, woodworking and metal working to provide the children
with additional skills and make the home and community more self sufficient. This sets the foundation for
them to be an educated, and mentally, physically and spiritually healthy young adult ready for higher
education, vocational training or immediate entry into the work force based upon their individual abilities and
acheivements. This phase also moves them from the statistical pool that says that the majority of orphans that
even survive will do so without even a primary education and that the vast majority will turn to crime as young
adults in order to survive.
Becoming a productive member of their society in turn provides self-actualization and the ability to
provide for themselves and a family, a key element when coupled with the knowledge that they received all of
their childhood needs, not only from their direct caregivers, but from many caring individual thousands of
miles away. This builds charitable character that makes them want to give back to their
The community itself is improved in many ways: Fewer orphan children on the street, lower crime, the
community is involved in caring for its own, (often in direct opposition to custom and culture) improved
economy via injection of program revenues using local merchants and services to provide for the homes. Jobs
as caregivers, security, directors, tutors, etc. are also provided that would not exist otherwise. This helps move
the community from one statistical pool to another.
The country itself and the world reap obvious benefits when the orphan children and the community move
from one statistical pool to another. Lower crime, better economies and healthy young adults contributing
rather than detracting from the world society means the programs are quite literally changing the world, one
child at a time.
How do we measure our success and how do we know it works? First we recognize, that every child is
an individual. Not only are their dreams and goals individual, but their skills, abilities and drive as well.
Orphan children are no different. As stated, our goal is to move them from one statistical pool to another...to
give them the same "odds" as a child living in a traditional family in an average safe community. This is how
we measure our success. Are the majority of the children that age out going on to productive lives
that include higher education and good jobs? Are they successfully integrating into society
without turning to crime, abandoning children of their own and creating orphans themselves?
Are the communities they live in showing positive changes? Are cultures that don't inherently
exhibit chartitable character, now doing so?
The answer is YES! After more than ten years of implementation of our programs in some of the countries
in which we are working, we now have statistics that prove our program theory. Three examples: Homes in
Russia in which 100% of all children aging out are going to college or have found good steady jobs. Some are
married with children and CARING for them.
In India, homes in which the first 5 graduating children are in college. Occurence of crime and disease related
to children, cut in half in communities we are working in. A home in the Philippines in which the first 4
graduating children are ALL in college. A home in India that has a waiting list for entrance and the requests
are coming from as far as 100 miles away. Thank you's from government officials in two countries for our
work. Government officials wanting to model their orphan care programs after ours. Complete trust from
notoriously suspicious governments... graduated children choosing jobs that help the poor and ORPHANS...the
list goes on and on.
Donor / Partners have access to the evidence of all of this in the form of news from directors, photos, letters
from children, etc., etc. in the Partner Pages and receive a printed newsletter every month detailing our work.
Orphan's Lifeline International and it's partners are changing the world, and it is our pledge
to continue to do so in a tranparent manner that provides evidence of efficient, effective and
sustainable programs that continue to grow in scope and scale every year!