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We keep mothers and children together by providing resources and training sufficient to maintain families. Learn more: GlobalOrphanPrevention.org
Founded in 2011, we wanted to find a more permanent solution to dismantling for-profit orphan homes in Nepal. During that summer, the founder of Global Orphan Prevention discovered that 85% of children in orphan homes had living parents (UNICEF). Mothers that had been widowed or abandoned were often left with little opportunity for employment and often had to relinquish their children in hopes of providing them a better life in the orphan home. That first summer was spent buying cows and goats to stimulate income generation for such families.
Nowadays, the breath of the organization has extended to working with the Midwifery Society of Nepal providing clean birthing kits and programs in rural villages; thus saving the life of mother or child
I actually discovered Global Orphan Prevention through Volunteer Match in March of this year. I've been involved with them since and can't say enough good things about the Founder, Katie Hilborn and her vision for the future of Global Orphan Prevention and goals she has already attained. With the right people by her side, it's exciting to see what the future will hold. My favorite thing about being a part of this group is how hands-on they are and "feet on the ground", if you will. The group has already been given the opportunity and partaken in a trip to Nepal where the original mission began to act on their purpose, as well as actively being involved with local folks here in Denver to spread their message, as well as supporting other local charities and young professional boards along the way. It's a great group to be a part of and I think 2018 holds great things for Global Orphan Prevention.