Staff at Serving Orphans Worldwide are excited to host several Christmas Ambassador Tour’s this year! Many of the homes have just enough resources to meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of the children, making it difficult to provide gifts and toys for them during Christmas time. The truth is, children from all countries, cultures and walks of life want to feel like they are special and to experience the excitement of receiving something that is just for them.

These trips are an opportunity for you to get to know the ministries we support, and to show the children that joy and hope exists, despite the difficult situations they have faced.

 

About Center of Hope

Located in a province along the Dong Nai River in South Vietnam, Center of Hope Children’s Home is a non-profit organization that is giving care to children who are poor, abandoned, hurting, and orphaned. Currently, the center is caring for 102 children. Most of the children are from the H’mong tribe, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Sadly, many of the children were found wandering the jungle alone because they lost their parents to death or they were abandoned due to extreme poverty.

Dong Nai Province, Vietnam

Center of Hope Children’s Home is located in a city in the Dong Nai Province. Dong Nai is a heavily populated area located Northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Located adjacent to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Dong Nai is extremely accessible to travelers due to its advanced transportation systems.

Poverty

Poverty is a huge issue when it comes to the children in Vietnam. Nearly half of the Vietnamese minorities, such as the H’mong people still live in poverty. Living in mountainous regions, they are at risk of natural disasters and  experience tough living conditions.  The tribe consists primarily of poor farmers who can’t provide for their families in any way.

Child Trafficking

Vietnamese children, especially street children and those with disabilities are extremely vulnerable to forced labor and recruitment from sex traffickers. Children are often misled by fraudulent opportunities and then sold to brothels and sex ring operators in the country and abroad.

Child abuse

Child abuse among Vietnamese children is not uncommon. Over the last few years the number of abuse cases have increased and most are even being seen in the school system. Some children are even found living in swamps or abandoned building in order to get away from the physical and emotional abuse they receive in their very own home.

Details about the trip: December 14-22, 2018

Duration of Trip: Duration is 8 days including travel.

Airport: We will fly in to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City.

Visa Requirements: Visa Required. Total  cost is $164 plus Fedex fees. For more information, click here.

Cost: All trips cost $1000 per person.  This includes hotel, ground transportation and meals. Airfare is not included.

About Alpha and Omega Home:

Located in Poza Rica, Mexico, Alpha and Omega is home to 67 orphaned and abandoned children. In 1992, Pastor Elias Herrera and his wife, Teresa, stumbled upon a group of abandoned children living under a bridge. In that moment, God laid in on their hearts to care for vulnerable and orphaned children. They started by just taking the children to Sunday school and feeding them. With the help of their church, they began the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home. The children come into care for various reasons. Violence due to drugs and gangs still plagues the state. Children are abandoned and abused as a result. Of the 111 million people living in Mexico today, it’s believed that as many as 10 million are children under age 18 who have either been abandoned or lost their parents due to drug related violence and extreme poverty. Some of the children have been displaced due to armed conflict or have been rescued from sex trafficking.

Poza Rica, Mexico

Poza Rica is a well-populated, new city in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Due to its rich oil wells, the city has grown immensely over the past 50 years. Poza Rica is close to the Costa Esmeralda, the northern beaches of Veracruz. Public transport is the main means of transport in Poza Rica. Transport in the city include a central bus system and shared taxis.

Abandonment

Many children are abandoned in Mexico because of domestic violence and abuse, poverty, or because their families have fled to the U.S. Many abandoned children wander the streets, where they work and are more prone to suffer from exploitation.

Poverty

The prevalence of poverty in Mexico is overwhelmingly high.  Children living in poverty are more prone to abuse in their homes and in school, and are at greater risk for recruitment to gangs and involvement in drug related crimes. Unfortunately, many children are also abandoned due to extreme poverty.

Drug and Gang Violence

Many children in this part of Mexico are surrounded by cartel activity. Many gangs recruit from among the poorest neighborhoods. For many, earning money through criminal activity and the drug trade is more appealing than the alternative of extreme poverty.

 

Details about the trip: December 14-22, 2018

Duration of Trip: Duration is 5 days including travel.

Airport: We will fly in to El Tajín National Airport, Vera Cruz

Visa Requirements: No Visa Required.

Cost: All trips cost $1000 per person.  This includes hotel, ground transportation and meals. Airfare is not included.

About Shalom Orphanage

Located in Karatu, Tanzania, Shalom Orphanage is a non profit organization with a mission to improve the lives orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Karatu and neighboring communities of Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions. Currently, Shalom orphanage is home to 67 children. 40 of these children are considered double orphaned, which means they have lost both parents. Shalom’s heart is to see that all children are shown unconditional love regardless of religion, tribe or ethnicity. The children at Shalom have come into care for various reasons. These include physical and sexual abuse at home, parents addicted to drugs and alcohol, death of both parents, and abandonment due to poverty, gender, disability or illness. Some of the children have been rescued from sex trafficking and forced labor.

Karatu, Tanzania

Karatu District is one of the six districts in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Located along the northern safari circuit, Karatu serves as passthrough to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Known for its vast landscape and pure African coffee, thousands of people from abroad visit this part of the country each year.

Tanzania has a tropical climate, but ranges depending on geography. In Karatu, Most rainfall is seen in March, April, November and December. June, July, August, September and October are Karatu’s driest months.

Abandonment

Children born to unwed mothers in Tanzania are often subject to brutal abandonment. Some are left by the side of the road, buried in the jungle or even tossed away like waste. Unplanned children are the first to fall victim to cruel abandonment and superstitious ritual, such as leaving newborns in the jungle for animals, burying children alive and dumping them at local trash sites.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS remains one of the Tanzania’s greatest threats. UNAIDS reported in 2012 that an estimated 150,000 Tanzanians were newly infected with HIV in 2011, which is over 400 new infections every day. Due largely to the AIDS epidemic, the orphan population in Tanzania is staggering.

Poverty

It is estimated that more than a third of households in Tanzania live below the basic needs poverty line, earning less than $1 a day. The most rural parts of Tanzania are mostly effected by this extreme poverty, and children in these parts of the country are at higher risk of abandonment.

 

Details about the trip: December 14-22, 2018

Duration of Trip: Duration is 8 days including travel.

Airport: We will fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Visa Requirements: Visa Required – Total cost is $194 plus Fedex fees. Vaccines may be recommended. For more information, click here.

Cost: All trips cost $1000 per person.  This includes hotel, ground transportation and meals. Airfare is not included.

 

 

About El Shaddai Rescue Home

El Shaddai Children’s Rescue Home is a refuge to 17 children. The ministry first began back in the 1970’s with a mission to rescue children from the Red Light District in Mumbai, India. After 25 years of operation both founders passed away and the home went broke. The founder’s families didn’t give up. 12 years later, their prayer that God would send someone to help rescue the home was met with some funding to continue the work of the ministry.

India has the largest child population in the world. However, children there face unimaginable hardships. Many of the children living at the home have lost their parents or have been rescued from abuse, abandonment, child trafficking and forced labor.

Maharashtra, India

In the state of Maharashtra, there is major railway system connecting  major cities, making it highly accessible to travelers. It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range.

Maharashtra has a tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Maharashtra has significant rainfall most months, with a short dry season. On average, you will experience dry periods in January, February, March, April, May, November and December.

 

Abandonment

El Shaddai is located in a poor and rough part of Mumbai. Poverty causes most parents to leave their children in order to try and find food and money to provide for them. Family conflict also causes children to slum on the streets because they’re trying to escape dangerous home lives.

Sex Trafficking

Because the home is so close to the Red Light District of Mumbai, sex trafficking is a huge issue. At El Shaddai, many of the children are rescued from that area in order to keep them from having to work on the streets.

 Abuse

Abuse is a big issue that drives children out onto the streets. According to UNICEF, over 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse. Research shows that most children won’t report when it happens because of fear. Children living in poverty are especially at risk of not just sexual abuse, but also physical abuse and neglect.

Details about the trip: December 14-22, 2018

Duration of Trip: Duration is 8 days including travel.

Airport: We will fly in to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Visa Requirements: Visa Required – Total cost is $132 plus Fedex fees. For more information, click here.

Cost: All trips cost $1000 per person.  This includes hotel, ground transportation and meals. Airfare is not included.