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Wanting to Start an Orphanage-Some advice and some questions

I’ve read most of the other entries on this site and I have to take a moment to applaud all of you on your big hearts and wanting to dedicate your lives to service of those most vulnerable in the world.

For me, opening an orphanage has been a life-long dream of mine. I believe I’ve been led by the Holy Spirit to minister to children in this way. There is such a need all over the world for orphanages in the literal and symbolic meaning. Right here in the United States, there are many children that have been taken from abused homes and placed into foster care. We don’t really have “orphanages” here, but rather foster and adoptive homes, and “group homes”. In my state, they are even phasing out group homes, which resemble more traditional (but temporary) orphanages. I encourage anyone planning on starting an orphanage to become a foster parent first, right in your own city. Everyone thinks that kids are great no matter what, and they are, however, children from troubled backgrounds can be the most challenging beings for even those with the most calm, collect attitude, and an abundance of patience. I know first hand that these children can be the most challenging, and they don’t “get better” right away, even with lots of love, structure, education, and their needs being met.

Now that I have a foundation of some of the types of children that I might be taking care of in an orphanage, I can better plan for what special needs and services I will need to provide them. They need a LOT more than just warm clothes, love, food, and a place to stay. Another thing that any of us will need to look at is long-term feasibility of an orphanage and where the funds are going to come from.

Has anyone else decided or figured out how they will keep a steady stream of money coming in to cover the basic needs of the kiddos and the buidlings/land? I know there are some orphanages in Cambodia that have bird and fish farms on site to not only provide food, but also the surplus of fish and birds can be sold for revenue. They also have widows run the orphanages because in several countries widows have nothing and usually die if they cannot beg to receive enough money each day to eat.

Also, has anyone looked into government grants or funds for building the starter buildings?

I would really appreciate anyone’s imput and thoughts on anything I wrote. Even if you have a negative comment, but can share it in a contructive way, I would like to hear it. Thanks!


do not let your dream die

sit down and plan first and assume that,that ophanage is your part your family then u will know or think of oppunities to start incoming generating activities for your family.jemimam

having a dream is not enough

though we dont let our let our dream die we should have a supporting hand with same views and helping nature.even i am intrested in starting an orphanage but it is not that easy because inputs required are prity high

my dream also

i have stuided architecture and building work and have also done a lot of kids work.

my dream is to set a orphanage childrens home in peru were im from. i have seen for two week how this type of instiution looks like. but i would like to know what i need in my life bfore i go nd set one.

do i need qualifacations do i need to be have a wife?
do i need to have lots of money?
do i need top set up a charity before i start?

any ideas

Jd.. from belfast

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my dream is to start an orphanage.
a friend of mine and myself are trying to find an orphanage to volunteer at for a week in Chicago, IL at the beginning of january. if you have any suggestions on where would be a good place in chicago, please share


im from the area and Mercy Home is one that you might find helpful to volunteer at. i hope you have an awesome experience.

I must say that it is delightful to read that there are so many people who share similar ideas and dreams and wants to make a difference.

I will be moving back to Sweden to study health / nursing / midwifery and to work in developing countries.
Like you all, I also aim to open a safe home for vulnerable children with the aim to promoting life skills and education. This is however a long term goal and in the mean time I am looking for people who’d be interested in working together on this project. Working together and bringing our contacts together will make it easier to materialise this dream.
All the best

Great Idea

Hello! I think it is a great idea to start the dream with a partner. Please tell me your thoughts!

Support and partnership

I am runni9ng a non profit organization but I do not have funds to operate and ma looking for partnership, sponsorship and volunteers, any interested person, group, or organization should write to me through

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Regarding orphanage project

This is a wonderful idea. Have you made any contacts or progress in this project?
I have a similar idea and would love to keep in touch so we can share our progress. My original idea is to start not for profit foundation to help orphanages but since I have decided to actually start an orphanage in various countries. So the foundation would be for raising funds to accomplish this and other projects. You may contact me directly at
God Bless
John Z.

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