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.
Following the model of Jesus, we believe that every child is valuable. We are working hard to ensure that they are given a voice and hope for the future.
Programmatic activity has continued to thrive in Benin through intercepting children from trafficking and placing them in our feeding and school program, while their caregivers take part in our Micro-Finance Program. Our Anti-Trafficking Initiative continues to grow to over 1,216 direct beneficiaries.
In Liberia, Orphan Relief and Rescue joined in partnership with World Hope International to help run the Break the Silence program and to oversee the Anti-Trafficking and Abuse Hotline ORR is funding in the Ministry of Labor’s office. World Hope receives a grant each month from ORR to run the program and employ our BTS Coordinators.
At Orphan Relief and Rescue, we work to overcome injustice in the areas of abuse, neglect, and trafficking for underserved children in Liberia and Benin, West Africa.
Our Team through COVID-19
Because of COVID-19 in Benin, we continued to have challenges with lack of food and work. Because of our generous donors, we have kept our feeding program going to ensure our children would not starve in this crisis. Most of the children on our program would not have eaten had we not continued to provide food for them. Not having food, these children would become at risk to be sold once again. We could not allow that to happen.
The pandemic continues to bring hunger and education challenges for our Liberian friends. We are grateful to God’s Kids International for a grant to to feed and school 39 children at the Danny Feeney Orphanage as well as other children in foster home situations. Kids in these homes receive monthly food donations to keep them fed through the pandemic crisis.
We are beyond grateful to Orphan Relief and Rescue supporters and our Africa staff. From financial provision to creative adjustments to our programs, we were able to continue to provide children safety and food through this crisis.
Orphan Relief and Rescue collaborates with local leaders to identify children at high risk of being trafficked and engage intentionally to prevent those children from being sold. Currently 276 children were intercepted from trafficking and placed in our Intervention Program, which aims to removed barriers that guardians face in keeping their children home. Through providing food and the ability to pursue education, guardians have little motivation to sell their children.
To ensure the children receive food and proper schooling, ORR employs six cooks for food preparation and four drivers for distribution. Our Country Director facilitates purchasing school uniforms, shoes, and supplies for all the children in the program. The team regularly visit the schools to ensure proper care is given to the children, food is properly distributed, and that education is taking place.
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 Program. 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. There are a total of 102 children rescued and living in our Safe Home or in Foster Care.
Many of the children who have come back from slavery are too old to return or begin school. Without an education, there is little hope for a future. With this in mind, our Micro-Finance Savings and Loan Program participants are training 35 girls as apprentices in their various businesses. 9 girls have graduated from their apprenticeships and have their own businesses.
These parents a small market entrepreneur who are changing the cycle of trafficking by creating a dynamic community that protects children and trains the next generation to provide for their families!
ORR directly addresses the issues of poverty by providing of micro-loans, basic business training, and introduction to the savings and loans program. These small loans do provide enough to sustain the necessities of life and allow parents to provide for their children and not sell them into slavery.
This year these programs have been duplicated by team members and participants who started their own savings and loans groups. We now have a total of 799 men and women in this program. ORR staff provides oversight of these groups, but the participants have taken ownership to expand and replicate this program in surrounding communities.
Break the Silence Program:
ORR, in partnership with World Hope International, are using a child friendly tool (a flip chart) that imparts awareness raising, prevention education, and aftercare training. With this flip chart we raise children’s awareness of their personal rights, as well as connect them to the resource of an anti-trafficking and abuse hotline number should they find themselves vulnerable to trafficking and/or exploitation.
We have reached 10,082 children with this program. Children are no more vocal about exploitation and abuse. Our staff shares story after story of children who no longer feel like victims and are thankful for the tools to stand up for themselves when abused or exploited.
Liberia’s Only Anti-Trafficking/Sexual Abuse Prevention Hotline:
1429 phone calls made to the hotline, which is funded by ORR, but hosted at the Ministry of Labor with World Hope International oversight and operational involvement. The hotline serves two significant roles:
- It is the only government-run anti-trafficking hotline in the nation and is a critical portion of the government’s strategic roadmap to combat human trafficking.
- The hotline provides abused victims with an outlet to get help from trained social workers and government officials.
Through the support of our generous donors in 2020/2021, we were able to keep children fed, expand our micro-finance program, and continue to overcome injustice for children in Liberia and Benin.
Our work is made possible through partnerships and your support. Thank you for making positive change possible!
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