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.
We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Read their stories here:
- Baby in the bushes
- Fiona and Patience: how poverty pushes children into orphanagesFiona is a loving mother who is struggling against enormous odds to keep her daughter, Patience, from life in an orphanage.
- Giselle’s storyGiselle was born with multiple disabilities and spent the first five years of her life ignored and neglected in a crowded orphanage in Rwanda.
- “Without help, I would not have been able to keep my son.” Ivo’s storyWhen Ivo was born, his family had nowhere permanent to live and no income. Without help, his mother, Tatyana, thought she might have to leave her son in an orphanage.
- “He will make you smile more than he will make you cry:” Georgi’s storyPetya and Ivan Petrovi had spent years longing for a second child. But when their son, Georgi, was born in October 2012, the midwives and doctors at the hospital behaved as if something terrible had happened.
- A new future: Shima’s storyShima was born with multiple disabilities and abandoned as a baby. He spent the first years of his life alone in a cot in a loveless orphanage.
- She is my life: Azra and Alma’s storyAzra Čaušević is a happy, high-spirited little girl who lives with her mother, Alma, in a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Growing up together: Gloria’s storyWithout the support of Hope and Homes for Children though, it’s very likely that Gloria and her sisters would now be living in an orphanage, separated from each other and from their mother, Rada.
- Home at last for Christmas: Maxim’s StoryMaxim is 16 years old and has spent most of his life trapped in Ukraine’s vast and loveless network of children’s institutions.