Operation Hope ministers to Orphans, Vulnerable Children and their Guardians through Food Provision, Medical Help, Education and giving Clothes & Bedding’s. Regular visits are made to counsel, play and pray with and encourage the children.
All this is achieved through sponsors who are willing to support these children financially with at least a minimum of $40 (USD)/$45 CAD per month to give them hope for a brighter future.
According to UNICEF statistics, there are around 153 million orphans worldwide. In Kenya alone, there are 3 million. Most of these children live with a guardian (grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling etc). This makes them vulnerable to several factors such as:
- Discrimination from the guardian. Some struggle to accept the child as their own and others fail to include them as one of their own children but treat them as less
- Failure to finish their education. Education in Kenya is not free and many of these guardians do not have the means to send the children to school so they drop out
- Elderly guardians struggle to provide for the day to day needs of children and are often much less able to meet their emotional and spiritual needs
- Exploitation and abuse. Children from a needy background are susceptible to abuse from those posing as benefactors
A Father to the fatherless and defender of the widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families… (Psalm 68:5,6a).
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8,9)
…If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourself on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)