There are 153 million orphans worldwide. Most of these orphans live in in facilities without running water or electricity. Although education is especially crucial to orphaned children, they often lack equal access to education and are much less likely to be enrolled than non-orphans. This unequal access hinders their future opportunities. As a result of their often-dire situations, orphans are more susceptible to exploitation, child labor, and abuse than non-orphans.
Avoiding Unsustainable Models - Institutions that take in children often depend on aid organizations and donations to survive. If the money dries up, the children go without. This model is unsustainable, creates vulnerability, and fosters long term dependency. When limited funds are available, food becomes a priority over school and medication. Our goal is to help provide sustainable sources of food, water, and power so our partner orphanages can focus on education and health care.
Environmental Degradation - Africa suffers from deforestation at twice the rate of the rest of the world, and it is still on the rise. Deforestation leads to flooding, erosion of critical top soils, and the extinction of both flora and fauna. With millions of people in Africa cooking over open fires, there is massive demand for wood fuel.