Our orphanage partners exist to rescue kids that are literally trapped in the cycles of poverty, kids that have been abandoned or abused, and provide them with a safe environment where they can prosper and become the person that God has created them to be.
One major barrier that children stuck in the cycle of poverty face is that they often have little or no opportunity for education. Virginia Beach entrepreneur, Luke Hillier, has seen first-hand how ORPHANetwork is investing into the education of our children through six orphanage partners in Nicaragua.
Along with his employees from ADS, Inc., and many of his family and friends, Luke has made numerous trips down to Nicaragua to serve our children and engage in our work. He recently said this about his involvement, “I’ve had the chance to see and hear the dreams of the children cared for by ORPHANetwork. In addition to providing for basic needs, we are focused on the work we are doing with ORPHANetwork to provide core job skills. The idea is to help these young people transition to a productive life and put them on the path to freedom and independence that comes from securing a good job. For these children this is a second chance at life.”
Hillier Ignite is a non-profit organization that Luke founded in 2013 to promote democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity. Luke is “fired up to give these children the opportunity to succeed and flourish,” so much so, that ORPHANetwork is the proud recipient of the Inaugural Hillier Ignite Youth Award!
Check out this video featuring Luke and his fiancee Stephanie presenting the award and the $100,000 check to Ted Wille, our Board of Directors Chairman.
The Ignite Youth Award is accompanied by unrestricted grant of $100,000 which will be used for the children’s health care needs, nourishing meals, education, and it gives our partners at Hogar de Fe the potential to rescue up to seven new children into the home this year. National Program Director, Tom Weiglein expressed, “…the grant will go a long way towards ensuring that the children growing up at the home will have an environment that allows them to thrive.”
More about Hillier Ignite.
Hillier Ignite’s mission is to promote democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity. Ignite’s work currently focuses on three groups of people who are pivotal to our future success as a society: entrepreneurs, youth, and our military – active duty military, veterans, and their families.
Through programs that encourage, educate, and nurture these groups, Ignite helps to create economic opportunities through the development of successful new businesses, good jobs, and a qualified workforce that contribute to a strong democracy. Ignite tells their stories, provides inspiration and motivates others to lend a hand.
You can also read the article featured in the Virginian Pilot Beacon highlighting the Inaugural Hillier Ignite Youth Award and ORPHANetwork.
Here’s a video of Luke’s last trip down to Nica: