Around the world, March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day. This week we celebrate the women whose acts of courage and determination have kept their families together, and their children free to grow up in the family; not in an orphanage. Read Grace's story.
We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Read their stories here:
- Celebrating Women: Grace and her triplets (with video)
- Celebrating Women: Nduwayo and Mugabo’s storyThis week we celebrate the women whose acts of courage and determination have kept their families together, and their children free to grow up in the love and safety of a family; not in an orphanage. Read Nduwayo's story.
- Celebrating Women: Galina and Ivan’s storyThis week we celebrate the women whose acts of courage and determination have kept their families together, and their children free to grow up in the love and safety of a family; not in an orphanage. Read Galina's story.
- Nikita is now in a family “His sadness was transformed into happiness”By the end of the year, our specialist team in Moldova, had succeeded in matching Nikita with a caring couple who are experienced foster parents. “His sadness was transformed into happiness” says Livia.
- Jonathan’s story: think before orphanage volunteeringJonathan was five-years-old when he arrived at the orphanage in Western Uganda. Watch the video as he describes what it was like to live in an orphanage and to be visited by voluntourists from the UK.
- No comfort, no joy for Nikita this ChristmasNikita has only just turned four but he will have no one to help him hang up his stocking or decorate a tree this Christmas.
- Now this orphanage is closed, 41 babies and toddlers have families to love themThis is the Yambol orphanage in Bulgaria – an institution for children under the age of three. September 2018, when the last child left to join a loving family, Yambol was closed for good.
- Lorette’s StoryAn accident when she was just seven condemned Lorette to a lonely childhood in a series of Rwandan orphanages. The last of these was the Gahanga institution for children with disabilities in Kigali, which we are now working to close. This is her story.
- Dima’s StoryDima is an outgoing 14-year-old who takes an interest in the world around him. For most of his childhood though, no one took any interest in him.
- Escaping slavery to stay together – Katya and Masha’s storyLiving on the streets with a baby to care for, Katya desperately sought help. The ‘help’ turned out to be a slavery operation that kept her daughter imprisoned and sent her back onto the streets to beg.
- Rukhiya: My StoryRukhiya Budden is the first to say that today, she leads a very privileged life. She lives in a lovely home in Buckinghamshire with her husband and their three beautiful daughters. But her own childhood could not have been more different.
- Joseph’s StoryJoseph was born with cerebral palsy and abandoned as a baby. He was taken to an orphanage and spent most of the first nine years of his life, lying in a cot or on the floor, unable to move.
- Uwera’s StoryImagine being fed just once a day, sleeping on a floor crawling with insects and only having your nappy changed every 3 days. This was Uwera's life in an orphanage.
- Chloe’s StoryChloe is a tiny little girl who looks as if she might be about two or three years old. In reality though, her true age is probably closer to ten.
- Alex’s storyAlex spent the first 15 years of his life living in fear. He never once knew what it meant to feel safe, let alone loved.
- Nothing Compares to Family Life: Sylvia’s StoryAs she cleared up the dishes, Rhinah heard a noise from the back yard. Peering out into the semi-darkness from the kitchen window, she could just make out a small bundle, lying on the ground at the edge of her property. She heard another cry and ran outside to investigate. When she unwrapped the bundle she discovered a tiny baby girl; Sylvia, then just a few days old.
- Edin’s storyWithout our support, Edin's family were in danger of losing their children to an orphanage. Against the odds, they are now able to provide a real home for their children; a home where Edin can grow up feeling loved and knowing that he belongs.
- Cary’s StoryCary was only seven when her mother left her in a remote orphanage for children with disabilities in Rwanda because she could no longer cope without support.
- Hope for Viorel and his family this ChristmasNo one wants to have their photo taken when they’re at rock bottom. And sadly, this Christmas in Romania, Viorel and his family are in a desperate situation.
- Baby in the bushesGihozo 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.