The classic understanding of the term orphan defines children whose parents have died and have no extended family to adopt them. The circumstances behind Nicaragua’s orphans are two-fold. Either (1) their parents have abandoned them without explanation or intention of returning, or (2) they are social orphans, children whose parents are unable or unfit to raise them, due to financial, physical or emotional inability. Often times these parents place their children at the orphanages, desiring a better life for them than they are able to provide. Other times, the Nicaraguan social welfare organization removes the child from an unhealthy home situation.
Whatever the circumstances of each orphan’s history, ORPHANetwork & Verbo’s orphanages are helping create a safer, healthier future for these children, guiding them away from the dangers of street life and into a healthy, uplifting setting of good nutrition, love and Christian education. Our vision is help break the cycle of poverty in these kids’ lives, giving them and the generations after them, better tomorrows.