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questions about orphan careI get many questions from people who want to understand orphan care, start an orphanage, or start another ministry that serves orphans.  I also get questions from my blog, titled “What is Grace“. These two sites are very related. Orphan Care is how people live out the grace of God. I love to answer every single one of your questions. Post it below so that others may also benefit from your question and its response. Browse through the other questions that have been asked to see if any of them has already answered your question. If not, post your question and we will answer it shortly. If you see an unanswered question and know the answer to it, go ahead and answer it.  If your question is of a very private nature, you may contact us here>> Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

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  1. Hello
    I want to build an orphanage and school
    Attached in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
    I need guidance in the process.
    I need to know where to start.
    Can you advise?

  2. Where would someone go to start an orphanage in America?

  3. Moliswa Children Foundation is community based NGO in Zambia, Southern Africa working with Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)for very limited resources to support OVC in education, health and livelihood. We initially had a support from well wishers and supported few OVCs but since that support ended the few children we were supporting are now in dire situation. We intend to source funds to construct an orphanage for caring abandoned children temporarily while locating the relatives and other children in dire situation.

    Therefore , Can you advise the process to access this support and also training in running an orphanage here in Zambia?

    Kind regards

  4. I am a USA American who lives in Uruguay.  I would like
    to build a sustainable house here in Uruguay to house and protect the most vulnerable orphans. I can pay for the materials.  I just need help building the house and shelter. The Uruguayan way of building is not sustainable so I need
    help with this build project.  What is the chance your organisation can help
    with me with this project?

    • Lynnette, I think that’s a wonderful pursuit of yours to use your resources and abilities to help those in need. We are not able to financially support such projects nor do we have builders who can help. We simply provide the necessary training to serve well. Perhaps looking into local resources there in Uruguay? We pray that God will provide you and lead you.

    • Lynette,
      I am US based currently, but my father specializes in sustainable building practices. If you would like, I could see if he could do a consult? I’m not sure how much he typically charges, but I could find out…

  5. Hi My name is Renuka D’souza
    I would like to start orphanage in India please advise me how to start. From where I I can arrange fund for the children? Do I need government licence. What prekosoon need to start .

    • Renuka,
      At Austin Bible Institute there are plenty of orphan care training programs that will help teach you how to effective care for orphans. We have a basic starter class about starting an orphanage. Here is the link to find out more: http://www.austinbiblecollege.com/startanorphanage/

  6. Am NABBANJA from Uganda i received a call to start an orphanage am enrolled nurse and a counsellor in HIV/AIDS to my proffesion I got the ethics to care for the sick and needy so due to the high rate of HIV epidermic there many orphans and needy children in my village home so i decided to rent a piece of land i constructed a five roomed building and offered a home for the homeless orphans and needy for the best so I would like to ask if I can get more guidelines because am very determined

  7. if i want to open my own business (project) to help orphans, where do i register?

  8. I would just like to know what exactly is the legal requirements to start an orphanage?

    • Jantoene,
      That is a difficult question to answer. Where are you planning on having this orphanage?

      • Well at this stage its only a dream but I would love to open a private orphanage in the Northern Cape SA.

        • I would suggest the first place you start is by researching requirements with the government there in South Africa. Different countries will have different requirements and procedures. Opening a children’s home in the U.S., for example, is very different from opening a home in South Africa.

  9. People may think that we that run orphanage are lazy peopla and baggers , for this ,I have decided to work for God children with out looking up to man . He who called me will provide.

  10. HELLO! Shalom! looking for your support in either advice or new ideas if possible even the right connection or divine connection into my vision, i want to start a ministry specific to the churches for empowering church members aiming to spread the gospel and themselves prospering in their lives to live their destiny as the people of God that they might live what God intended them to be in this world. thanx may God bless you so much.

    • Raymond,
      I love your heart for empowering God’s people. Can you tell me a little bit more about what you want to do through your ministry? Are you envisioning evangelism or discipleship?

  11. Hi my name is Anita Van Dunk. My husband and i want to start a non profit organization for orphans. What do we need to have? I have 16 units of child development. I used to be a private investigator, I am a pre school teacher and I am a minister. My husband and I have been given this mandate by God to serve. The pastor who is willing to help us wants to know what else I would need to do on my end.

    • Anita,
      What sort of nonprofit organization do you want to start? I would encourage you to check out Austin Bible Institute, the first school in the world to offer online education specifically tailored to ministry to orphans and vulnerable children. There are many programs, of varying lengths, that can help teach you the important competencies you’d need to serve with excellence! There is one class in particular, Starting an Orphan Care Ministry (also called Starting an Orphanage) that may be good for you to start with. Visit that link to find out more. God bless!

  12. Hi, I am currently a volunteer at a school in my community. my main concern is the orphans and children from disadvantaged homes, every single there is a new case concerning these kids. some of them sleep under trees and on the streets. they also eat food from rubbish bins.
    I am deeply disturbed by the situation in my community, that is my main motivation to start an orphanage and help make the lives of these kids easy… I would like for them to complete their schooling and have a better future.
    please help me on opening a home for these kids.

    • Sinah,
      Opening up an orphanage is only one tool in the toolbox for caring for orphans. It’s important to consider what the best way to help the children is…sometimes that’s an orphanage, sometimes it’s adoption, sometimes it’s feeding programs, etc. Do you have any orphan care experience?

  13. I need help i need to know. I filll the bouden and reponsabilty to make people more better and happy then my self any better advice will help me be on the rail

  14. Am from cameroon people in my village are to poor and female child give birth so early i always have the borden on me inside to help them but i think i need help .
    any way u can help i will be greatfull

    • Marley,
      I think it’s so inspiring that you, as a Cameroonian, have a heart for your own people. What ways do you want to help them?

      • Help them by school .buisness sports

        • Marley,

          Okay so it sounds like you’re wanting to help children through sponsorship programs, etc.? Is this right? Getting the funds they need to go to school or get job training?

  15. Afternoon,

    I have always wanted to work with orphans, the needy and less privileged since i was in high school back in 2000, am really glad God has taken me that direction am enjoying every day of it. Am from malawi and would really like to have some training so that i could be well equipped. Am determined to do more for the orphans am working with aswel as our community. Kindly looking forward to your help on how i can be trained.
    Thank you.

    • Letizia,

      We’d love to help guide and teach you! All our training is done online through Austin Bible Institute and I encourage you to check out their website and different certificate and degree programs. They are currently waiving their application fee too so it’s free to apply! You can contact their admissions coordinator to get more information if you’d like. Hope this is helpful

  16. Hi! Really enjoying this website, and some the blog posts so far!! I’m a dad of to beautiful daughters. My wife and have always had a heart for orphans, and poverty stricken families. Before we had kids, about three years ago, we served at a children’s home in Ghana. This was a very valuable time for us! We were able to work under Ghanaian house parents which we felt was ideal, because of culture, and they were a huge blessing to us. Our time there made our burden for orphans grow, but also raised a lot of questions on how to best serve them God’s way!

    My wife and I have talked about going back and serving these beautiful people, but are still searching what God wants for us. We also would consider serving “the fatherless” from here and doing foster care and/or adoption.
    I’m interested in the six weeks course, I’m just wondering if it’s ideal for me, as I have not been thinking starting my own orphanage as much as serving at one. Or is there a course that would be better suited for us?

    • Hello Kyle,
      Thank you for your heart for the poor. Austin Bible Institute was started to help people like you who want to serve the poor but need help doing so. There are many different courses there that could help you. I would advise taking the time to do a certificate if not a degree program as no single course can fully equip you. Courses are meant to build on each other.

      I think you would benefit tremendously from the start an orphanage course. However, I don’t think it is what you need because that course, as the name implies, teaches people who want to start their own organizations. Having said that, about 80% of students who take that class have no intention of starting their own orphanage.

      For example, If you are going to be the principal of a school, it is helpful to learn how to start a school even though you don’t intend to start one because running a school is the logical continuation of the process that starts with founding a school. In that sense, learning how to start a school will help you become a better principal even if you don’t plan to start a school.

      Another way to see it is this, to be an effective president of the United States, it is helpful to study the constitution of the country, learn about the founding fathers, how they put together the country, and what their intentions were. In other words, in order for a president to be the best president possible, it is helpful for them to learn how to start a country in general and how his country–in particular–was started. Running a country effectively is the logical continuation of it starting. The vision of the country is created during the process of starting the country and running the country is fulfilling that vision.

      Sometimes, you may need to be part of the leadership that overhauls the entire organization and relaunches the whole thing in order to do things right. Sometimes, the best thing to do to an old dysfunctional organization that is not working is to break it down into pieces and start back up again with a brand new organization that works. In that sense, that class is an essential class for anyone who wants to go into Christian ministry, not just orphan care.

      I hope that helps.

  17. Is there a level of education i need to start an orphanage? Ill be honest i’m still in high school and its not going so well.. i understand i need some kind of training right? but as far as school goes what do you think. please help and don’t just brush me off.

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  20. Buenos dias Dr. Acha, we are in the process of beginning a Casa Hogar for neglected and abandoned girls in Mexico. We have experienced in how a Casa Hogar works. We have observed difetent type of Family Units, but wat to hear what is your experience with this. Waht would be the best home arrangement and building distrubuiton for a praactical and successful management.


    • Barbara,
      As a student of Dr. Acha’s I know he fully supports family environments over the typical institutional setting. One thing Dr. Acha teaches in Starting an Orphan Care Ministry course (also called Starting an Orphanage) is that small, families are the best structure for children in need. Rather than having one giant building where 100s of children can be with a few caregivers, you should properly train couples and then have smaller homes for a handful of children to live with a mom and dad. You can still care for a lot of children but it would be spread out, where each one is part of a family unit with their own roles, responsibilities, and attention.
      You will learn a lot more about this when you take the Starting an Orphan Care Ministry course with us 🙂

      • Thank You.. I believe that… those are wonderful options that can provide safe and stable environments that will benefit the children as well as their care Providers….