Why does Hope and Homes for Children close orphanages?
Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. Children in orphanages are often subject to high levels of abuse and neglect. Without family to care for them or friends to play alongside, they live in a world without love. The impact of this can last a lifetime. Some don’t survive at all.
37% percent of children in orphanages experience violence and sexual abuse, research suggests.
Orphanages rid children of their voice, giving them no say or control over the decisions that affect them. Over 80% of children confined to orphanages today are not orphans; they have at least one living parent or other relative.