Orphans in Liberia are at risk of violence including physical and emotional abuse, sexual harm and exploitation, and neglect or deliberate deprivation. Orphans and underprivileged children who have experienced psychosocial distress are also at risk of negative impacts on their learning, relationship building and – ultimately – their ability to thrive as an adult member of society. We focus our attention on prioritizing these children and families and work with them and their communities to highlight protection so that together we can limit the negative outcomes they face.
Approximately 8,000 children in Liberia lost one or both parents to the Ebola Virus, and are now orphans. Worst of all, many of them are left to grow up with no adult support, family, or place to stay. They worried daily of where their next meal will come from. They lack safe drinking water, clothes, shoes and educational opportunities.
In November 2017, Delano King Foundation established an orphan’s program to provide support to families who are struggling to put meal on the table and are voluntarily raising children of relatives who have passed. Our program addresses the greatest needs of families who are struggling to put meal on the table and are financially under the burden of caring for additional children (orphans). Our motivation came from Matthew 25:40 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ While this motivation was necessary it was also challenging.