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Do I Need Training to Start an Orphanage?

Who needs training to start an orphanage? That’s a common feeling that people have. We felt like that when we started our orphanage in Africa. A good heart doesn’t equal to help for orphans. Believe us, we are speaking from experience. We have seen people hurt poor people (especially orphans) and themselves when they are working hard and doing what they think is best to help the poor.

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“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Prov. 14:12

In other words, what you think is the right road may lead to death.  So let us not be too confident that we don’t stop to learn. On the contrary, we should not allow this to cause us to be too afraid to serve the poor. God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of love, power, and of a sound mind. When we labor and pursue the right things rightly, even if we fall on the way, the Holy Spirit will lead us to success. Note that doing things right is righteousness

There is a proverb that says “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way” (Prov. 19:2).

The NLT renders this verse as: “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” That proverb is so true. It is very easy to have a vision for serving orphans. Then we become very passionate and jump into it without proper training. Before we know it that passion burns out and then we give up. Often we are very frustrated. Even when we succeed after making too many mistakes early, the orphans miss out on the great potential that we have that is lost and settle for the little success that we have attained simply because we made the mistake of not getting proper training. But this can be avoided.

If you are starting an orphanage because you feel God is calling you to serve, you are doing a great thing. But starting an orphanage to serve orphans in God’s name (because God sent you) makes you a man or woman of God even if you wouldn’t call yourself that. Working for God is not only about good work, it is spiritual warfare and Satan will do everything in his power to frustrate the work. Satan doesn’t want orphans to be served. He wants them to remain in bondage. So going out to serve orphans is going to battle with Satan. You need to be trained and ready to spend time interceding and praying for the orphans that you serve. You also need to intercede for the work to really have a meaningful effect on the children. You want it to glorify God.

We will be sharing examples of cases where some of our well meaning (smart) staff have unintentionally caused irreparable harm to orphans because of their lack of training. We will use them to encourage you to get some training. Austin Bible Institute is the first institution in the world to offer training in orphan care. As of right now, they are the only ones that we know that offer full training training programs in that area.  We recommend contacting their website for training if you are interested in learning more than what we offer on this website. If you find any training resources that could help someone to start an orphanage or run an existing one better, please contact us and share so that we can add it to this site to help others. We need to share information to help others serve orphans better!

Austin Bible Institute offers several certificate and degree programs designed to train people on how to serve orphans and poor people. Their programs can teach a person everything they will need to start and run an orphan care organization. Click here for more on ABI’s Orphan Care Training Programs.

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235 Comments

  1. I thank God for directing me to you site.l need knowledge since l have the calling from God. I know with you my dreams will come true.Was really indeed for you.
    May God fulfil his desires to use me .

    • Are u from Zimbabwe?

      I am from Zimbabwe and also have the same calling

  2. I have a dream of having an orphanage and want to know where can I get proper training,my no is 0835454465,thanks

    • Hi Mirriam

      Your dream may come true. I am working since 2014 approximately for 6000/- orphan children at our specific care centers and in their homes as well. First of all you should identify your interest areas which you need help regarding orphanage, then we may suggest or recommends some relevant procedure. Thanks

  3. Hello my desire is to start an orphanage.l need your help for me to have a guidance on that.

    • Sekai,
      There is so much to know about caring for orphans. They are hurting, suffering from trust issues, desperate for guidance and stability and leadership. I wish it was an easy 1-2-3 to know what to do to care for them, but it’s not. As humans, we are complicated to care for…it take a multitude of competencies and training. Austin Bible Institute has many different programs that can teach you how to be an effective orphan care worker. I encourage you to check out some of the programs.

      • I keep on having dream to take care of orphans what should I do. I love to help the poor and needy

        • What do you feel you are supposed to do to care for orphans? There are a lot of different ways you can do this…do you feel you should adopt, foster, start a nonprofit, sponsor…?

          • I’m still praying about the direction God wants me to take but if I get the finances I wanted to get some orphans to take care of and pay their school fees ,food and clothes and have a home for them

  4. hi am Michael from Uganda, i would like to start up an orphanage in Uganda. how can i be trained and what are the qualities needed to start one and the the the other thing what are the qualifications and requirements need. thanks

    • Hello Michael! Starting an orphanage is a big task. It takes a lot of hard work, a confirmed calling by the Lord, funds, leadership skills, a good team of staff and board members…I could go on and on. I can’t simply tell you what to do any more than someone can tell you have to be a good doctor. It takes training, education, and years of preparation.
      Austin Bible Institute has many programs that teach people how to be effective and equipped orphan care givers. I would encourage you to check out our website for more informationI would encourage you to check out our website for more information

  5. We want to start orphanage centre here in limpopo at lephalale.and it wil be the first one here

    Help me on what documents do we need when registering.

  6. can anyone tell me of a website that tells me legally what i need to start an orphanage in a different county??? i cant seem to fine anything on the web?

    • Dianna,
      The sad truth is that there is no start for what you need to start an orphanage. ANYONE can start an orphanage…there aren’t really any regulations to that. Now there are specific steps for starting a nonprofit (which an orphanage is) but that deals more with the logistics than the practical, day-to-day orphanage management.

      Austin Bible Institute has many different programs of study that teach our students how to be an effective orphan care giver. It’s more than just taking in children and giving them food and water and shelter. They need leadership; they need spiritual guidance; they need finances for school and health care; they need counseling and mentorships. ABI has courses that teaches you all of those competencies. I encourage you to check out the different programs we have to offer.

      http://www.austinbiblecollege.com/academics/degree-certificate-programs/

  7. hey, I’m currently 16 years old and I’m personally called to run an orphanage and be a children’s pastor on the mission field. I was wondering if you had any advice, inspiriation, or any good books to read that has this similar background?

    • Ashley,
      Running an orphanage take multiple levels of competencies and training. Austin Bible Institute is the only school in the world, that we know of, that offers programs focused on effective orphan care. I think you believe that orphans deserve the best care possible and that takes more than just reading a few books or attending conferences. There are many aspects of orphan care – from leadership to fundraising, from counseling to nutrition. Austin Bible Institute has certificate programs that cover some of the basics as well as degree programs that go more in depth. I encourage you to check out what programs they have and consider taking college-level training to equip yourself to serve orphans well!

    • Ashely,
      Another idea: I just ordered “In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence” for myself and, while I haven’t yet read it, I hear great reviews about it. Perhaps you’d like to check it out too

      https://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-Orphan-Excellence-Philip-Darke/dp/1625860099?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

  8. Hello,
    Greetings to you from Cameroon. I just turned 28 and my dad just got his registration documents to legally operate an Orphanage and he gave me the opportunity to serve as Director. I am being curious if there is anyone out there who might have interest in this area. I am very much interested in sharing ideas and working with whoever might be willing. Let’s share and talk more on
    crizolou@gmail.com

    • Hi Lou,
      I am also very interested in starting an orphanage, but I am only 20 years old and I believe i need more experience. I would love to have the opportunity to work with you on this new and upcoming orphanage of yours.

      • Ellie,
        We love seeing our visitors connecting and forging relationships! However, we are strong advocates of getting well equipped BEFORE you go out and potentially do unintentional harm to those you are trying to help. Please consider applying for one of our programs that focus on Christian Ministry to Orphans and Vulnerable Children. We have certificate as well as degree programs that will train you to be an excellent orphan care worker.

      • Hola,
        Great to know that Ellie could you please send me an email so we can move on?

      • Hi. Everybody on this site should read the book ” Kisses from Kate”

        • Retha,
          What did you like so much about Kisses from Katie? I’ve read it myself and it was a beautifully written book, but I’m interested in hearing pros and cons that you observed as well 🙂

    • Are you looking for someone to work over there in Cameroon if so what are the requirements

  9. Hi everyone i have always had a calling on my life to open an orphanage. I live in New Zealand does anyone have any interest here. I am interested to discuss further. michelle_heremaia@yahoo.com feel free to email me. Thanks.

  10. Dear,
    my name is Jeremiah Christopher Kabaghe, i would like to open an orphanage because more orphans in Malawi are not being well supported. i am a College student at the College of Medicine under the University of Malawi studying towards Bachelors degree in Pharmacy. looking at the challenges that i went through as a boy who was raised by my single mother after dad died, i feel its time to help others who are facing bigger challenges than i went through. please help me on how to embark on this journey to help the most needy. thanks for your time

    • I think if you start by sponsoring 1 or 2 as you pray about it that’s what I’m doing I help the needy