Blog posts

  • “Can my children be beautiful?”
    No one makes the case against orphanages more powerfully than those who have spent their childhoods in these institutions. Read the words of Alia, a lady who grew up in an orphanage in one of the poorest areas of Nairobi, who I met when I visited there last week.
  • Reflections on Guatemala
    In 2017, more than forty children died in a fire at an overcrowded children’s home in Guatemala. A year on, Victoria Martin, Regional Director of Hope and Homes for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean reflects on the impact of this tragedy:
  • Love Is Everything-part 2
    This is Part 2 of actor Freddie Fox's blog. Today he visits several orphanages in Uganda and compares them to the amazing work taking place in Rwanda.
  • Love Is Everything
    The actor Freddie Fox travelled to Uganda in September with his friend Wallis Day. This is Freddie’s account of that journey.
  • A social worker’s story, Ukraine
    Lesya - a social worker in Ukraine - always keeps her promises. Over the past five years, no child from her village has been placed in an institution. Here she tells the first of a series of stories about how she has managed to achieve this.
  • Modern Day Superheroes
    Welcoming a new child into your life is always a challenge, whether you are a biological parent or a foster carer, because all children are beautiful human beings with unique personalities from the day that they are born.
  • The Illusion of Protection
    Our recent audit's findings are stark. Orphans make up only 9% of all the children confined to orphanages and other facilities in Ukraine.
  • The Butterfly Effect
    I like to think about orphanage closures in terms of the butterfly effect; the idea that small changes can lead to much larger ones, that a butterfly fluttering its wings on one continent might eventually result in a hurricane on another.
  • Atete and Uwera’s Story
    In January, Sarah Whiting, Director of Fundraising for Hope and Homes for Children, visited our work in Rwanda. This is her personal account of meeting one of the many families that we help to support there.
  • Tell a Story Day
    Why are there so many famous stories about orphans? On “Tell A Story Day”, we asked our Writer and Story Gatherer, Isobel Eaton, to explain:
  • Rediscovering the power of stories
    I’ve always loved stories. I remember lying in bed spellbound as my parents read The Adventures of the Wishing Chair and The Wind in the Willows.
  • Where have the children gone?
    Lourenza Foghill updates on Hope and Homes for Children's work in South Africa and our unique pilot project to close three orphanages in Gauteng Province.
  • Family matters
    Actor & writer Ruth Jones, one of the celebrities taking part in our annual Carol Concert in Kensington, London, talks about why family matters to her.
  • Take a break
    Malcolm and Jo Rolfe have been loyal friends of Hope and Homes for Children since our earliest days. Earlier this year, they discovered a less conventional way to increase their support for Hope and Homes for Children – by going on holiday.
  • People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it
    Hope and Homes for Children CEO Mark Waddington discusses progress towards pan-African reform of child protection.
  • Building momentum in Latin America
    Victoria Martin, our Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, describes the challenge we face in ending the institutionalisation of children in Latin America and the exciting developments.
  • Part 2: A place to call home, people to call family
    Stephen Ucembe explains how he beat extraordinary odds to train as a social worker and dedicate his professional life to defending children's rights
  • Part 1: A place to call home, people to call family
    Stephen Ucembe is our Regional Advocacy Manager in East and Southern Africa. Here, he gives a personal account of his childhood growing up in institutional care.
  • It’s good to volunteer – but not in orphanages
    Dr Delia Pop, Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy, discusses the problems with voluntourism

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