End the Silence

Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. We are working towards a day when every child can grow up in a loving family.

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  • End the silence

    When a baby in an orphanage cries nobody comes to comfort them. As a result, they learn not to cry; internalising their pain, causing lifelong mental and physical damage. No childhood should be one of silence.

  • Donate now

    Donations to Hope and Homes for Children between 27th September and 27th December 2017will be doubled by the UK Government as part of its UK Aid Match scheme.

  • your musical memories

    End the Silence, supported by YouTube, is asking everyone to share the most precious musical memories from their childhood. Join the world’s leading music talent and add your musical memory.

  • Events

    From evenings with some of the world’s greatest adventurers, and performers, to our vital local events across the UK, we have a host of inspiring and entertaining events for you to be part of.

    If you are organising an event for Hope and Homes for Children we’d love to hear from you. 

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In numbers

Every child wants a safe, loving family to grow up in. But over 8 million children confined to orphanages around the world are denied this, with often catastrophic effects.

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A global movement for change



Hope and Homes for Children is working towards a day where every child can grow up in a loving family. We know we will only achieve this by working with others. Through our partnerships with national governments, civil society organisations, international agencies, corporate donors and committed individuals, we are helping to build a global movement that will eradicate orphanages in our lifetime.




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We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Read their stories here:

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  • Hope for Viorel and his family this Christmas
    No one wants to have their photo taken when they’re at rock bottom. And sadly, this Christmas in Romania, Viorel and his family are in a desperate situation.
  • Baby in the bushes
    Gihozo is four years old and is the apple of her family’s eye, but as a small baby the authorities insisted she was given up to an orphanage. Her story explains why.
  • Fiona and Patience: how poverty pushes children into orphanages
    Fiona is a loving mother who is struggling against enormous odds to keep her daughter, Patience, from life in an orphanage.
  • Giselle’s story
    Giselle was born with multiple disabilities and spent the first five years of her life ignored and neglected in a crowded orphanage in Rwanda.

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Hope and Homes for Children is at the forefront of a growing global movement to eradicate orphanages globally. Catch up on our latest news here:

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  • A remarkable young man
    Ionut is a remarkable young man. He grew up in the Romanian orphanage system, where he suffered a terrible childhood. Since leaving institutionalisation, he has harnessed his resilience, empathy and compassion to ease the suffering of others through volunteering. Today is the UN International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, and we would like to share his story with you.
  • Listening to and learning from the experience of young care leavers in Latin America
    Hope and Homes for Children are listening to, learning from and supporting young people who are making the journey from institutions to independent living at a regional conference in Bolivia this week.
  • Ben, Bryan and Billy
    On Universal Children's Day, we celebrate the story of Ben, Bryan and Billy, triplets saved from a life in an orphanage.
  • Journalists and politicians swap seats to help close orphanages
    Hope and Homes for Children gave two leading members of the House of Lords the chance to get their own back on journalists today by letting the politicians ask the questions at our annual Swapping Seats lunch in London.

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