This particular part of South Asia has the largest child population in the world. Unfortunately, the newest research shows that approximately 4% of the child population in this region are orphans. That’s 20 million children with no family, a number that is projected to increase over the next decade. Orphaned children face extreme vulnerabilities, including sex trafficking, forced child labor, HIV/ AIDS, and substance abuse. Many children have lost their parents because of abandonment due to poverty, illness, and death.
Even children with families in this part of South Asia face unimaginable hardships. Most do not attend school regularly, as they are pressured to go to work and earn money for their families. Health is also a struggle as early 2 million children born per year in this part of the world do not live past the age of five. These issues, combined with an unbalanced caste system make orphaned children in South Asia most at risk.
Beginning in 2005, plans were made to build an orphanage in this particular region in South Asia. For years, they prayerfully gathered resources and asked that God would complete the work He had begun. Finally, an organization came alongside and helped fund the completion of the home. By 2009, City of Hope had altogether more than 10,000 square feet of facilities to care for orphaned children. Today, City of Hope is home to more than 40 boys and girls. The home has become a place known to protect and provide for the hurt and wounded children of their society. City of Hope was originally called Kalamusu Kadella, translated “the nest of many colors.” It is a fitting title. This home is much like a nest, where children from wildly varying circumstances can come. In this nest, they are well cared for. They are nurtured back to health. And, most importantly, they are loved.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.