Older orphan children and teens are known to “age-out” by 16 years of age, leading to homelessness, drug use, crime, and getting trapped in sex trafficking.
However, Project 143 is working on making a difference in these children’s lives:
“Project One Forty Three, Inc., runs the Project 143 Orphan Host (HOPE) Program. Hosting is inviting an orphan child to live in your home and experience your family for 4-8 weeks over the summer or winter holidays. Host families have the opportunity to share their values, beliefs and culture as well as learn something new from their host child. Hosting is ideal for families with a heart for the 143+ million orphans worldwide. The orphans available for hosting are chosen by our interview team, who travel overseas to meet each child in person. Project 143 has a special emphasis on hosting older children, children with special needs and sibling sets, as these kids are often the most forgotten or overlooked. Host children range in age from 6-16 and each host family is allowed to choose the child that fits best with their family dynamic after viewing the children’s photos and reading their biographies online. Without hosting, most of these children will eventually ‘age out’ of the system and never experience the life giving, life changing love that family provides. Hosting can also serve as a connection between an orphan and his or her ‘forever family’. However, you absolutely do not have to be interested in adoption to participate in hosting a child. The focus of the host program is cultural exchange and exposing the children to life outside an orphanage. Adoption is sometimes the by-product of the program, but not the only goal.”
Isn’t that a cool idea?
John Waller “Orphan”
Contemporary Christian musician, singer and songwriter John Waller recently wrote a song inspired by his own adoption story, in an effort to bring awareness to the awesome work of Project 143:
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While adoption is generally thought in terms of “having another child,” Project 143 focuses on some of the most easily forgotten and overlooked orphan child in the world.