Worldwide, millions of children grow up without a family. Unfortunately, that number continues to increase. Every day, 5,000 more children in the world become orphans due to poverty, AIDS, death, or abandonment. And every 2.2 seconds an orphan ages out of an existing orphanage—entering a harsh world without the support and direction most children are provided. Because of these sobering facts and the numerous studies that show the traditional, institutional models of orphan care can be detrimental to the children they seek to serve, The Hope Effect is seeking to pioneer new short term and long term solutions to care for orphans. In the short term, we are seeking to build family style homes structured to provide immediate care for children in crisis. Each home will be filled with loving parents who are trained and ready to embrace each child that comes into their home. Through our supporting network of professional doctors, psychologists, counselors, and specialists, we provide the best care possible for these children from hard places. Our director serves both the children and the parents ensuring the best possible care is being offered and all local and state requirements are being met. As powerful as this family style model can be, it is limited by the amount of houses and the amount of resources we can raise. Therefore, long term solutions will need to be addressed. By building relationships with city and regional leadership in government, churches, and other like minded NGOs, we champion the need for orphan care on a local level. Aided by our track record of quality orphan care in the community, we partner together to address the systemic issues that lead to the need for orphan care and empower others to see the value in helping every child find a family. While each context is unique, these long term solutions will include strategies for poverty alleviation, education, foster care, and adoption. We have always dreamt big for The Hope Effect. The challenges are vast, but we are convinced the work is necessary, and definitely worth it. We cannot do this alone. We need the support of local government to change laws where necessary. We need pastors and priests to tap into the spiritual heart of each community. And we need people like you to invest in this new model of caring for some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Please consider a one time donation to help us with our next project and a monthly contribution to support our leadership and administrative efforts to see this innovative dream become a revolutionary reality. Together we can change how the world cares for orphans.