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Our mission: the reason we exist

We build families for children in need and in doing so we help them shape their own futures. But we don’t leave our involvement there - we share in the development of their communities. We have cared for over 24 000 children over the years since we opened our first village in 1982.

A global charity with a local heart, we provide care via our family-based care villages, our family strengthening programmes and our community service centres.

Quite simply – because there are so many vulnerable children that need us.  We undertake this challenge on three fronts:

We build families for children in need

We work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family.

We help them shape their own futures

We enable children to live according to their own culture and religion, and to be active members of the community.

We help children to recognise and express their individual abilities, interests and talents.

We ensure that children receive the education and skills training they need to become successful and contributing members of society.

We share in the development of their communities

We share in community life and respond to the social development needs of society's most vulnerable children and young people.

We establish facilities and programmes that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children.

We join hands with community members to develop self-reliance, support education and health care initiatives, and respond to emergencies where necessary.