Always family. Never orphanages.

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


    Children in orphanages are often subject to high levels of abuse and neglect. They live in a world without love.


    Orphanages actively contribute to family separation by providing a one-size-fits-all response to deeper societal problems, which are left unaddressed.


    Orphanages do not care for orphan children. There are 8 million children across the world confined to institutions. Over 80% of them are not orphans.

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Hope and Homes for Children is at the forefront of a growing global movement to eliminate orphanages globally.


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.




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 eliminate orphanages in our lifetime.

Our work

Transforming childcare systems

Hope and Homes for Children is working alongside governments and civil society organisations in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems. Our transformation model is driving reform and laying the foundations for long-lasting change.

Children’s stories

We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Here are some of their stories.

  • Carrol’s story
    On UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities we bring you Carrol's story: “We used to be distressed, wondering how our child was being treated in the institution but now we are quite sure of how he is treated because he is in our hands.”
  • To escape her violent marriage, Galina faced an impossible choice
    On this day we bring you Galina's story: Faced with the terrible dilemma of having her children sent to an orphanage if she left her violent husband, her courage and determination meant that she is now able to bring her children up within the love and safety of a family.
  • A foster family story from Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Alex will always be a part of our family”
    In the 15 years he spent  growing up in an orphanage in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alex never knew what it meant to feel safe. He had three meals a day but he was always hungry for love. He now lives a loving foster family.
  • Haris’s story from Bosnia: a happy childhood with his mum and sisters
    Growing up with his older sisters to love and protect him, baby Haris is never likely to be short of playmates, cuddles or helpful advice. But without the courage and commitment of his mum, Esmeralda, this happy childhood would have all too easily been stolen from him.

Upcoming challenges

There are loads of ways for you to join our global movement and help transform the lives of the 8 million children confined to orphanages around the world.

  • Bath Half Marathon
    15 March 2020
    Bath, Somerset
    The ‘Bath Half’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the most popular and longest established mass-participation running events in the UK, one of the leading warm-up races for the London Marathon and the largest single day fundraising event in the South West.
  • Trek Bosnia
    Unfortunately, this year’s Trek Bosnia challenge has been cancelled. Please do keep checking back for news about our overseas challenge in 2021.
  • Marathon Walk London
    19 September 2020
    If running a marathon isn’t for you, then join Team Hope this September for a marathon WALK around our capital city
  • Royal Parks Half Marathon
    11 October 2020
    Hyde Park, London
    Register today to secure your place in this iconic half marathon in 2020

Upcoming events

  • Night of Adventure, London 2020
    25 March 2020
    Emmanuel Centre, 9–23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW

    Hear from first-class explorers, daredevils and pioneers as they share their captivating stories of exploration, escapism and wonder.
  • Canary Wharf Rowathon
    11 June 2020
    East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London E14 5NX

    Come and take on a challenging indoor rowing event in the heart of Canary Wharf.
  • St. James’s Place Sprint Triathlon
    4 October 2020
    Nuffield Health, Highfield Park Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0AH

    Every great challenge has a finish line. Take part in the St. James’s Place Sprint Triathlon and help put an end to orphanages.

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