Orphans & Vulnerable Children

An orphan is a child 0-17 years old who has lost one or both parents. Other children, known as social orphans, have parents that are still alive but are unable to care for their children due to reasons such as illness or extreme poverty. Oftentimes these orphans are sent to ill-equipped and poor-intentioned group homes and orphanages. Research and experience has shown that orphans placed in family-based care with a primary caregiver show healthier social and behavioral development as well as cognitive development.

132 million

children worldwide are classified as orphans.


of orphaned boys and 60% of orphaned girls become hardened criminals.

17.8 million

children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, of which 85% live in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Defend the weak and the fatherless, uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

- Psalm 82:3

Bright Hope believes in caring for orphans and vulnerable children through family-based care by partnering with the local, in-country church. Other ways Bright Hope partners with the local church to care for these children include education, training for local churches, and support and training for families caring for orphans.

Your generous gift of any amount will help bring Hope to orphaned and vulnerable children and give them a chance at a better future.


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Stories of Hope and Transformation

Read more about Bright Hope's Orphans & Vulnerable Children Initiative

Ugandan Church Fights for Girls' Education

Ugandan Church Fights for Girls' Education

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jinja, Uganda – When girls are educated, they are able to pull themselves out of poverty and communities are transformed. Yet, millions of girls around the world are still forced to drop out of school, simply because of their gender.

#ProjectEmpower is Complete!

#ProjectEmpower is Complete!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oruro, Bolivia – What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “microenterprise”? You might think of a family receiving a loan to jumpstart their business, or an individual attending job skills training to work towards self-sustainability. But what about an entire church coming together to generate income for their ministries? That’s exactly the model Bright Hope is implementing in Bolivia, and it’s changing how the local church can impact their community. 

America: A Bolivian Girl Transformed through Church After-School Program

America: A Bolivian Girl Transformed through Church After-School Program

Friday, February 12, 2016

Oruro, Bolivia — “I have many dreams,” shares 18-year-old America. “The main one is, since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be a missionary.” Seeing the smile on America’s face and the confidence in her voice, you would never know the difficult life she has endured.