Dima is an outgoing 13-year-old from Moldova who takes an interest in other people and the world around him. For most of his childhood though, no one has taken any interest in him. Because he has multiple disabilities, Dima has spent most of his childhood confined to an orphanage and denied the chance to learn or develop. Now though, Dima is starting a new life in a Small Family Home where he will be cared for as an individual and encouraged to achieve his true potential.
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:
- Fresh air and sunshine at last: Dima’s story
- A little help goes a long wayGergana is nine years old. She lives with her mother, Ivanka and her younger brother, Boris, in a town in the South of Bulgaria. Their flat has only one bedroom and very little furniture but they are safe and they are together. After all that they've been through in recent months, that is what counts.
- Hope and Homes for Children reaches 100 orphanage closures milestoneWe are delighted to announce that this week we have reached a significant landmark, completing our 100th orphanage closure.
- New Chair of Trustees joins the teamWelcome to the team Richard Greenhalgh! Our new Chair of Trustees joins us at an exciting time of growth and innovation.
- Gauteng aims to become the first institution-free province in South AfricaToday the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD), in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children, launches the One Child One Family project, which will see young children in institutional care moved in to families.
- EU Funds to Close 50 Romanian OrphanagesJohnny is one of 7,500 children in Romania confined to an institute, who will benefit from recent EU funds to close 50 orphanages across the country.
- Hope is Here AgainThe recently published addition of 'Hope' is now available to read on our website. The many inspiring stories detailing our work demonstrate the way our incredible teams are able to transform children's lives.
- The Secrets of Great Team WorkMargaret Heffernan speaking at our head office near Salisbury in May 2017
- For all children to count, all children must be countedHope and Homes for Children supports the All the Children Count Campaign which calls on the UN to include all children, wherever they live, in its statistics.
- 5,000 REAL-LIFE SUPERHEROES HIT THE STREETS TO FIGHT ORPHANAGESMORE than 5,800 real life "superheroes" were given the power to prevent kids being abandoned to orphanages in 2016 - according to figures in our new Impact Report.
- A Volunteer’s Story – time, energy, experience… and cake: just some of the things that volunteers like Audrey bring to our workA Volunteer's Story - time, energy, experience... and cake: just some of the things that volunteers like Audrey bring to our work
- My life, my voiceMy name is Norbi, I’m 16 years old and I live in Romania. Last summer Hope and Homes for Children invited me to take part in a project called 'My life, my voice'
- Mothering Sunday – How a mother’s love saved her child from life in an institutionIf Tudor's mother had not had the support she needed to be able to stand up to the authorities, he would not have a family to love and protect him.
- World Down Syndrome Day – Celebrating Tatiana’s story of hopeTatiana isn’t special because she has Down Syndrome. She’s special because she’s Tatiana. To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, this is her story.
- The photography generation, helping a generation of vulnerable childrenPhotography enthusiasts have been flocking to Soho Square, in London, for an imaginative exhibition which is helping Hope and Homes for Children to end orphanage-care.
- World must wake up to dangers of orphanage-care after deadly Guatemalan institution fireHope and Homes for Children is renewing its call on governments to commit to a world without orphanages, after a fire killed more than 30 girls at a Guatemalan institution for teenagers this week.
- New report shows the impact we are making togetherToday we are publishing our Impact Report, which sets out the positive changes we’ve made to the lives of children and families over the last year.
- 100,000 children in Ukraine confined to Soviet-style orphanage system that resists reformNew research, published by Hope and Homes for Children, reveals the extent to which Ukraine's vast system of orphanages and other institutions is failing vulnerable children and resisting reform.
- Europe-wide campaign to close orphanages enters new phaseToday, we launch the second phase of Opening Doors for Europe's Children, a pan-European campaign to strengthen families and promote the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care for children across the Continent.
- Ukraine Government backs pioneering support service for children and familiesWe are delighted to announce that, after years of negotiation and repeated set-backs, the Government of Ukraine has formally recognised our innovative Family Support Centres as an official part of the country’s child protection system.
- Transforming the lives of children in Latin AmericaA powerful article “Out of sight: the orphanages where disabled children are abandoned”, published by The Guardian online this week, highlights the abuse of children with special needs who are confined to an institution in Mexico City. “A dozen children with cerebral palsy lie on thin mattresses on the floor of a spacious room. A […]
- Children with hearing impairments reunited with their families as specialist institution closesWe are delighted to report the successful closure of the Institution for Children with Hearing Impairments in Balti, Moldova. Thanks to a close working partnership between Hope and Homes for Children and the local authorities, all the children who were housed in, or attended, the specialist facility are now living fulltime with their biological families […]
- Celebrating collaboration as the key to closing baby institutions in BulgariaThis week, Hope and Homes for Children hosted a national conference in Bulgaria to show how our model of collaboration can help to end the institutional care of babies and children. Since 2012, we have been working closely with the Bulgarian government on their programme to eradicate children’s institutions, with an immediate focus on closing […]
- Last child leaves Bulgarian orphanageWe’re delighted to announce that the Zlatica orphanage in Bulgaria has now closed for good after the last child living there – a five-month-old baby girl – left this week. She is now living with a family who can give her the individual love and attention that all children need to thrive and be happy. […]
- The orphanage where our story began is to close at lastWe’ve just had some wonderful news from our team in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This morning they signed an agreement with the local authorities to close the Bjelave Institution, the largest orphanage in the capital, Sarajevo. Every closure agreement is good news but today’s announcement holds a special significance. Bjelave is the place where the story […]
- International Women’s DayToday is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, and to remember the enormous challenges that women still face around the world, we’d like to share Nuha’s story. Nuha is a single mother who lives in Sudan, with her baby son, Ghassan. These facts alone make her a remarkable woman because, in Sudan, unmarried mothers and their […]
- Last child leaves Rwandan orphanageWonderful news – the “Home of Hope” orphanage in Kigali is now closed. The last young adult, an 18 year old boy named Nshuti, left the institution last week and is now living with his Godparents. When we began our work with “Home of Hope”, the institution housed 59 children under the age of 17. […]