Hope and Homes for Children work in Africa and Eastern Europe helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children experience the love of a family, by closing down loveless orphanages and by preventing family breakdown.
On the 31st March the charity announced the first closure of an orphanage in Sudan, the Amal Institution for Babies in Gazira State. Amal Institution was opened in 1986 and during its 29 years approximately 3,700 babies went through it. Hope and Homes for Children estimate that almost 1,000 babies died in the orphanage during this period of time. By working closely with the state authorities to reform the child care system in Gazira, they managed to close this orphanage before it reached its 30th year. No baby in Gazira state will ever suffer from institutional care again.
The charity’s Numb3rs appeal last year raised an amazing amount, £2,054,235, through the overwhelming generosity of supporters. One of the children who featured in the campaign video and materials was Marie Claire. Abandoned and left to face the world alone, Marie Claire’s story is one of pain and loss but also of hope, perseverance and love. You’ll probably never meet Marie Claire, but because of their donors’ incredible support and generosity, she now has a family and a future.
Hope and Homes for Children’s vision is a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care. Where all children experience the love, care and protection only a family can provide. Where all children grow into healthy happy adults, knowing their name, knowing their family and feeling loved.