In response to the tragic and senseless death of a young Pakistani girl, Orphan House opened its doors in 2013. The organization’s mission is to provide life-transforming services for all children in need by building homes, caring for orphans, and educating communities. Today, they are one of the fastest-growing non-governmental organizations in Pakistan and have helped over 20,000 children regain hope.
In this blog post, we’ll explore 7 things you might not know about what it’s like living at an orphanage with Pakistani kids: from how much food they eat each day to who gets adopted first or why some stay even though they grow up without parents. We’ll also talk about challenges like finding volunteers when there are so many other needs in the community and how they got used to a lack of privacy.
Here’s what you can learn from these brave children’s stories:
1) They have dreams for their future
Ever wonder what adoptees feel like when they grow up without parents? At Orphan House, many older kids are given education and encouragement to set goals and dreams for their future. When asked about this, children shared that they want to become doctors, teachers, lawyers and even police officers.
2) Chapter president and older child:
“I would like to go to the school run by Orphan House and study there. I can read English well. I will study hard and then become a teacher. I will teach both English and Urdu,” shared a boy who is the chapter president of Orphan House in another city. He also expressed his desire to be an engineer in order to help rebuild Pakistan after the floods.
3) They want your support
As we observed during a recent visit, many older kids are eager to share their stories with visiting volunteers. One boy told us, “There are lots of houses around here and many people live in each house. But this is the only home I have been to where they care about all of us so much.” He then asked if a volunteer could stay longer because he wanted them to hear his life story!
4) They appreciate their clothes
Because of lack of funding, Orphan House is unable to provide a lot of clothing for older kids. Instead, they provide each boy with one school uniform and a plain pair of pants or shirts. Many children told us the only reason they like new clothes are because there are not enough clothes in the house and all of their clothes are worn out. This is a great reminder that even the smallest donations can impact boys and girls who have nothing of their own.
5) They just want to be normal kids
The children at Orphan House are, more often than not, happy because they live in such close-knit communities. They enjoy playing sports and games, and like most kids, they want to fit in. Older girls are treated as equals with the boys. One girl shared that she wanted a new dress for Eid so she could look like her friends who wear clothes from their mothers.
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6) They enjoy sports
Most of the older children at Orphan House love soccer and volleyball, although they were not raised with these sports. After serving as a host home for a few years, we learned that the children had adapted quite well to playing both. To this day, the older kids still head outside when it’s sunny and play soccer in the field behind their homes. They also like cycling whenever they get the chance.
7) They are humble and friendly
One of the most striking things about the children we met is their strong sense of community. Even though they’re not related by blood, older kids look out for one another like family. One girl shared that her ‘brothers and sisters were among Orphan House’s oldest boys. This was evident in a recent visit when the older children took care of their younger siblings while a few volunteers explained Orphan House and how to enrol in the sponsorship program.
8) They live without parental love but thrive because of it
The boys and girls who are lucky enough to call Orphan House home say they have received more love at this orphanage than most of us get in our entire lifetime. They don’t have parents, but they are not alone because of the wonderful support of sponsors like you and other caring volunteers!
9) They need your help now more than ever
Most of Orphan House’s older children lost their homes and families during the devastating floods in 2010. As a result, we’ve seen a sharp increase in attendance at Orphan House. Times are tough, and we need your help more than ever to continue serving these children who have already endured so much.
Conclusion paragraph: Orphan House’s mission is to provide life-transforming services for all children in need by building homes, caring for orphans, and educating communities. Today they are one of the fastest-growing non-governmental organizations in Pakistan and have helped over 20,000 children regain hope. If you’d like to learn more about their work or get involved with this organization that has been helping kids since 2013, visit orphanhouse.org today!