There is a crisis in the world—an orphan crisis. There are an estimated 153 million children without a forever family. It is a crisis that crosses boundaries—social, economic, ethnic, and international boundaries. Serving Orphans Worldwide daily addresses the needs of orphans and vulnerable children globally and participates in orphan rescue.
We take care of more than 7,000 orphans in 51 different children’s homes around the world. But Orphan Rescue is just one piece of a very large puzzle in orphan care—there must be more. Without sufficient training and preparation when these children turn 18 and leave the orphanages, they will in all likelihood re-enter poverty and deprivation. Upon exiting these orphanages at 18, these vulnerable young adults will be bereft of advocacy, protection, economic resources, and a sense of belonging. This leaves them susceptible to poverty, deprivation, abuse, and exploitation. We believe that it is our responsibility to do something about it.
We at Serving Orphans Worldwide want to change these outcomes for young adults aging out of our partner homes with a new, exciting initiative. We will create transition centers in South Asia, East Africa, and Central America. Our transition centers will provide a quality education, vocational skills training, biblical discipleship, and a safe community for these young people to thrive and grow. We will work to train young men and women to successfully navigate adult life in their home countries.
These transition centers capture a new vision and will meet tremendous needs by helping orphaned and abandoned children reach the potential God has for them as independent young adults. It is our belief that God will raise up leaders from these young men and women to help expand his kingdom in their home countries.
Please pray with us as we work to transform this vision into a powerful kingdom reality in the lives of these young people. We are on track to opening our first transition center in South Asian and accepting young adults into the program this year!
Serving Orphans Worldwide is pleased to announce a new addition to our already stellar team. We at SOW are so glad that at a time when we are seeking to expand our services in orphan care, Dr. Julie Martinez is available to join our team. Julie joined our team in January and will serve as the Transitional Program Director. Julie is a highly qualified individual who has dedicated much of her adult life to working globally with the poor, orphans, and vulnerable children.
Julie just completed her PhD in Intercultural Studies with Biola University in 2018. She also recently returned to America after finishing an 11-year commitment to Cambodia where she lived and served as the Country Director for People for Care and Learning. In Cambodia Julie oversaw multiple transformational development projects that focused on holistic human development.
These projects transformed hundreds of lives in Cambodia. In addition to serving in Cambodia, Julie has served in Zambia, Chile, and Honduras. In total Julie has spent the last 24 years working cross-culturally.