“During a terrorist attack in Kabul, a man and a married couple were killed. They were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, with disastrous consequences. Not only did a wife become a widow, but in one moment three children lost both their parents.
Yet, some time later, I heard that the widowed woman had decided to take the three children of the murdered couple under her care, as if they were her own. This touched me deeply. This choice the widow made is a striking example of the heart of the Village of Peace. This is also the reason why my wife, Ina, and I are financially supporting this widow. I see the care for widows and orphans as my personal mission. I dream of a place of safety for every child in Afghanistan.”
Piet van Walsem, CEO: Village of Peace
FAMILY-BASED ALTERNATIVE CARE
Sadly, institutionalised orphanages are still widely seen as being the best form of orphan care. However, such institutionalised care is relatively costly, and it is often detrimental to the children concerned who very rarely, under such circumstances, receive the personal attention that they need. Moreover, institutionalisation removes a child from his or her home environment. Therefore, we choose to help the orphans find a new family and home.
Practically, the above situation implies that a widow opens up her home to care for one or more orphans as part of her own family. The numerous advantages of this approach include: an orphan stays in their home environment; they receive personal adult-based attention; and new social structures are fostered that provide both the widows and the orphans with the safety and security that the family-orientated environment provides. Family bonds within a home setting can be very strong, with the potential to span a lifetime, well past when an orphan turns 18, at which age they are usually no longer accommodated within an institutional setting.
WANT TO HELP?
For a set amount each month, you can provide an orphan with a home, healthy food and an education. The amount simultaneously helps the widows who volunteer to take the orphans into their care, as they are then provided with a work opportunity in one of our Village of Peace social enterprises.
The only prerequisite from us is that you commit to sponsoring an orphan for one full year. A year’s sponsorship gives us enough time and financial support to guarantee that the orphan is well looked after, while we work on our long-term solutions.