Summer of Hope
"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." John 14:18
Swimming, boating, horseback riding, gymnastics, soccer...these are but a few of the activities that make up a summer camp experience for children. What is unique about Summer of Hope is that the camp participants are orphans - children without families who reside in orphanages across the world. They travel to the U.S. and spend four weeks experiencing life with a family. Christian host families recruited from the community provide housing and care for the children during their stay.
For the children, it's a vacation away from the often grim, institutional setting of the orphanage. But it's much more than that. It's a chance for these children to be given a future and a hope for a better life. Every day thousands of children reach the age when they are no longer adoptable. Their greatest fear is being forced to leave an institution with no one to belong to and no place to call home. These children have been passed by year after year because people generally want to adopt babies and are often afraid of the unknowns and challenges they will face if they adopt an older child.
The Summer of Hope program can take some of the fear and risk out of adopting an older child by giving prospective families an opportunity to see and evaluate first-hand what the challenges and rewards would be. Through Summer of Hope, many of the children find permanent families as a result of their sojourn to the U.S. In fact, the Summer of Hope program boasts an 75% success rate. Over fifteen summers, a total of 210 children from Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Ethiopia,the Congo and the Philippines have participated in our programs. Of those children, 155 have been or are in the process of being adopted.
SUMMER OF HOPE
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