After School Education Program Equips Vulnerable Students to Succeed

Keyling is a student who has grown in self-confidence and improved performance in reading and math

The ORPHANetwork Local Church Initiative (LCI) After School Education Program (ASEP) builds upon the platform of health that our LCIs establish through nourishing meals and routine nutritional assessments. The purpose of the ASEP is to provide our children the skills and strategies needed to learn and advance in the public school system and break the cycle of poverty in their lives.

The broad goals of the program are to:

  • Increase student aptitude and capacity while developing their faith in Jesus
  • Improve student academic performance in reading and math
  • Educate parents regarding their responsibility to participate in their children’s development and educational success


Instruction takes place Monday through Thursday, 2 hours per day for a total of eight hours per week for the 2-3 levels (depending on needs) of instruction.

The first parents’ meeting at Keyling’s LCI


Parent Involvement: 

The program strategically includes parents so that they can be empowered to take an active role in their child’s education. Parent workshops help parents learn how to support their children’s learning and parents have shared positive changes they’ve witnessed in their children, like better behavior and more self-confidence, since joining the program.

Last year the ASEP was piloted in 8 LCIs, impacting 300 students. In 2017, the program will reach 800 students in 16 LCIs!


The first mini-library was resourced from an elementary school in Jacksonville, IL!


Would you like to help a child break the cycle of poverty through our LCI ASEP? Each of our locations needs a mini-library and at a cost of $1,200, what a great thing to involve your friends and family in through a peer-to-peer fundraiser!

Check out our online fundraising tool here, and please let us know if we can help you along the way!





ORPHANetwork Invited to Google Panel Discussion

World Food Day is October 16th and our partners at Stop Hunger Now were asked to host a Google Panel Discussion on the issue of local and world hunger. The Hunger Panel is a closed discussion that will be simulcast company wide throughout Google’s US offices. The goal of the panel discussion is to raise awareness for ending local and world hunger and encourage Google employees to take action and donate towards hunger alleviation through Google Give.
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Read our 2013 Annual Report

The pages of our 2013 Annual Report tell many of the ways the Lord blessed our ministry last year. We hope you will enjoy seeing the big, beautiful pictures, reading the transformational stories that accompany them, evaluating the statistics and celebrating the substantial growth we’ve experienced over recent years. We also hope that you would pass our Annual Report on to friends, family, co-workers, and basically anyone that you’d like to introduce to ORPHANetwork.

You can click on the image above for a special message from our Executive Director, Dick Anderson, or click here to go straight to the report. Enjoy!


A Visit from the US Ambassador

The children living at our orphanage partner, Hogar de Fe, received a special visit from the United States Ambassador, Phyllis Powers, in December.  This was Ambassador Powers’ first visit to the home, but it was the second year in a row in which the US Embassy brought Christmas presents to the children through the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

Upon arriving to Hogar de Fe, Ambassador Powers toured the home with the children, Orphanage Director, Pastor Ramiro Blandon, and ORPHANetwork Director Nicaragua, Eddy Morales.  Ambassador Powers’ mothering nature towards the children, especially the girls, led her to talk with them about the importance of appreciating and seizing the opportunities for new lives and education available to them through Hogar de Fe.

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