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!