Orphan Relief and Rescue is committed to transparency and ethical practices in all aspects of our work. We are dedicated to creating high-impact programs and applying every dollar with purpose and integrity.
Programmatic activity has continued to thrive in Benin through the numerous anti-trafficking projects defined as: Intervention, Rescue, Restoration, and Empowerment, which continue to grow to over 400 direct beneficiaries.
In Liberia, Orphan Relief and Rescue provided relief care for the remaining orphanages in the program, mentoring for children in our partner orphanages, and scholarships for university students.
Orphan Relief and Rescue’s mission is to fight for justice in populations of children that no one else is serving by combating child trafficking, abuse, and suffering.
Our Programs Director and amazing Benin staff conducted a survey and analytics study to observe regional trafficking data.
Observations and statistics were analyzed providing an understanding of the scope of the issue as well as providing insight to programmatic impact in the region. In total 152 women were interviewed, and the total number of children they cumulatively have is 763.
The survey reveals the magnitude of what the Microfinance Program is accomplishing:
- Nearly one fifth of the children represented by this survey are trafficked
- When a woman has more than 4 children the rate of trafficking jumps above 50%
- 91% of the women in ORR’s Microfinance Program have NOT sold a child, compared to 47% who are not in ORR’s Microfinance Program
- Before taking a loan from ORR, 54% of women “sent a child away.” After taking a loan from ORR, only 9% sent a child away.
- 49% of women in ORR’s Microfinance Program who sent a child away have brought at least 1 child back since entering the program, and an additional 30.2% are interested in bringing a child back.
Orphan Relief and Rescue collaborates with local leaders to remove the barriers that guardians face in keeping their children home through providing food and the ability to pursue an education. There are 255 children in this program.
Orphan Relief and Rescue works diligently to identify and bring back children who have been sold into a life of slavery. When possible these children are placed with their families and are re-enrolled in school and placed in our Intervention Project. If this is not possible for the child’s safety, then the child is placed in foster care or Orphan Relief and Rescue’s Safe Home.
Many of the children who have been rescued from slavery are too old to return or begin school, in which case they are placed in an apprenticeship program.
Orphan Relief and Rescue runs a sewing apprenticeship, which 8 girls attend daily. This year the sewing apprenticeship helped sew many of the school uniforms for the upcoming academic year.
Orphan Relief and Rescue directly addresses the issues of poverty, providing 188 community member with the opportunity to change their situation through receiving micro loans and business training. in 2016/17 approximately 300 loans were distributed, ranging between 2,000 and 25,000 CFA ($4-$45).
On the campus of our Benin Orphanage-Safe Home the Hotelerie School teaches young adults skills relevant to the hotel industry – baking, cooking, catering, hosting events, etc. This year the first cohort of 5 students graduated, and many of the young adults have already found jobs following their internship.
Orphan Relief and Rescue remains critical in assisting the Liberian Government to establish protocols and best practices for the accreditation process of all institutions that house children in Liberia. We also advise the deputy minister in selecting credible international adoption agencies.
The Greater Opportunity Program aims to equip children to succeed in all they do as they age out of the orphanage.
In the program, 28 Jr. High and High School students with tuition for education, a school uniform, supplies, and healthcare.
The program also mentors 123 students at current and past partner orphanages that focuses on the child’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
The 2016/2017-year saw Orphan Relief and Rescue grow and expand in ways never seen before.
Our work is made possible through partnerships and your support. Thank you for making positive change possible!
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2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
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