Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
On The Edge Interview with Janey Demeo, Founder of Orphans First
The mission of Orphans First is to meet the basic needs of children-in-crisis both materially and spiritually. Whether orphans or simply impoverished children whose parents are unable to provide for them, we help these children by supplying food, clothes, education, toys, medical and Bible teaching via Orphans First programs or children’s homes—and we nurture them in love and teach them about Jesus.
As well as teaching the Bible, we aim to bring the children into discipleship, and into their individual calling. We help our kids attend university or a trade school according to their unique gifting and desires. The children we reach are otherwise without aid, highly vulnerable and are easy prey to human traffickers or other abusers.
Our children’s homes function like large families and the children connect as siblings under the care of loving house-parents. Where it is not possible to create a home, we establish programs where the children attend several times a week. As well as receiving loving attention and nutritious food, the kids get to play and enjoy childhood away from the stress poverty imposes. Wherever possible, in the measure we are able, we take care of the children’s medical needs. This includes dental work and counseling—particularly for our children who suffer from PTSD because of the brutal lifestyles they come from.
Our aim is to minister to the whole person, so that these children come to sense God’s love and care. We also do what we can to reach beyond the children, to help the families of these children (if they have them), as well as to help kids in the neighboring villages. Orphans First leans heavily on prayer—our God-given privilege to bring these children and our partners before God. We also rely on the generous partnership of donors and sponsors.
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