Pledge your special occasion

Childhood should be the time we make some of our happiest memories.

But for children in orphanages, there is little to celebrate.

Years of research show that orphanages don’t help children, they harm them. We are working to eliminate orphanages and make sure that every child grows up in a stable, supportive family.

Generously pledge your birthday, wedding, anniversary, Eid celebration, moving day or any other special occasion by asking for donations instead of gifts, and help ensure all children have something worth celebrating – love.

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We’ll be with you every step of the way, just as we are for vulnerable children and families. By fundraising for your challenge or making a donation, you are helping to transform lives by keeping families together.

  • A new mum holding her baby

    Baby care pack

    A vulnerable new mum, with no one to support her, may feel forced to make the heart-breaking decision to relinquish her newborn baby to an orphanage. But no orphanage can provide the love that parents give.

    A simple pack of baby essentials—nappies, creams and baby clothes—could help ease the pressure on a new mum, giving her the chance to bond with her baby while we organise the support they need to stay together.

  • A young family receive provisions

    Community safety net

    The Coronavirus crisis puts families, already vulnerable because of poverty, at greater risk of losing their children to orphanages.

    £45 would cover the average monthly cost for a family support worker to be active in the community, identifying families most at risk of their children being placed in an orphanage.

  • Three children with their arms around each other

    Foster family support

    With the right training and support we’re making sure that foster parents can continue to provide safe and loving families for children, keeping them safe from orphanages through the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

    In many countries, foster families receive little support from the local authorities. £189 would cover what it typically costs us to provide essential support for a foster family for a month.

The best gift for Minela


Minela spent the first precious months of her life alone in an orphanage with no one to comfort her, cuddle her or cherish her.

Her mum, Lana, was desperate to care for her but she could see no way to provide for her baby without support. “My soul was torn apart”, she told us.

By giving Lana the extra help she needed to find work, a flat and a nursery place for Minela, our team in Bosnia & Herzegovina made it possible for Minela to be reunited with her mum. Minela came home from the orphanage on her first birthday, just in time to celebrate as every child should, with a family to let her know that she is special, she is loved and she belongs.



By pledging your special day, you will help to give more children like Minela something worth celebrating: a loving family.


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