Alone. Isolated. Fearful. Orphans may be the most vulnerable population on the world today. Without the protection of family, many are lost to sexual trafficking, prison, drug addiction and suicide. Orphan’s Tree provides steady support to Russian orphans, ending multigenerational cycles of isolation, poverty and orphanhood.
- Natasha, orphan
What would your life look like if your parents and teachers ended all communication during your sophomore year of high school? If at 15 or 16, you had to navigate the complexities of adulthood on your own? Likely, you’d be overwhelmed by the tasks of day-to-day life and once the feeling of freedom passed, you’d feel abandoned, isolated and intimidated.
This is the challenge Russian orphans face. At 15 or 16, they graduate to a life they aren’t equipped for. Basic life skills like budgeting, meal planning and connecting with the community are unfamiliar. Without intervention, an orphan’s future looks bleak. In a government study of 15,000 new orphanage graduates, within the first year:
- 5,000 orphans were in jail
- 3,000 orphans were homeless
- 1,500 orphans committed suicide
Orphan’s Tree has identified this day – the day an orphan graduates from her orphanage – as the time of greatest crisis. Our ministry focuses on reaching orphans at this critical juncture, and supporting them where they’re at.
Orphan’s Tree was established in 2008 to care for orphans who will never be adopted, offering them a steady support system. Our goal is to help orphans learn to connect in their communities and live full lives with healthy families of their own. Our activities focus on meeting the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs. Our programs emphasize personal relationships and mentoring. Most of the work is done by professional Russian staff members, supported by volunteers traveling from the United States.
We believe that carrying the orphans is the responsibility of the whole community and we welcome you, your church, office or community group to partner with us.