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Why is Orphan Hosting So Important?

The photo on the left was taken in the Children’s Home where this child lives. The photo on the right was taken by his host family during his stay in America. Pictures speak so clearly of what a change this program makes for waiting children. Your family’s decision to host can be a life-changing experience for orphaned children who have never been a part of a loving, functional family. And at the age, 7-18 years old, these children are the least likely candidates to ever be adopted; most children believe they are unwanted and have no hope of ever knowing life in a real family.

 

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The children feel left out, left behind and unworthy. Their self-esteem is many times so low because they have been labeled in their home city by peers as “orphans”, which carries a very negative connotation in society. After participating in a host program of 4-5 weeks over winter holidays or the summer months, most children learn as much English as they would typically learn in 4-5 semesters if taught at home in their school. This gives the children pride in themselves and helps boost their self-esteem tremendously! Receiving unconditional love, nurturing and being treated as a member of their host family, usually results in the family and child maintaining contact even after the child returns home to their orphanage. This host experience gives them hope. Host families lives are changed too! Share your heart with an orphaned child this upcoming host season!

 

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How Does it Work?

Matching begins after each host organization’s interview trip. Host families select the orphan they would like to host through a password protected online photo listing which provides a recent photo and brief biography. Host families agree to donate the cost of airfare travel, and other incidentals and provide these children with an intimate view into life inside a family. Many of these children have never had a positive family experience. The hosted children receive a firsthand glimpse of what healthy relationships can be! Some of these children have never experienced love in a healthy manner or been able to show affection. The children also learn about hygiene, American culture, and while being immersed in the English language!

Are you ready for an adventure in giving a life time of memories to an orphaned child? Contact Tonya Boggs at Ukraine@hopscotchadoptions.org about winter and summer hosting programs from Ukraine. Hopscotch proudly partners with New Horizon Hosting. Tonya is waiting to help you get started in bringing hope and happiness to a child that would otherwise never know the love of a family, if only for a few weeks.

 

Not for profit. 
 Just for kids.