Filtered by: Orphans <Back to previous page CommunityNews, letters and a ‘knotty problem’. Does God hate Christmas?How would you feel if I told you that God hates Christmas? Or that he is annoyed by Advent, Lent and Easter? What if I told you that prayer meetings… Family first: How best to tackle the orphan challengeHow can we work towards a world where every child has the chance to grow up within a loving family? Helping orphan families thrive in ZimbabweZimbabwe is home to an estimated 720,000 orphans. ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands) believes local churches have a vital role to play. How God helps you to care for orphansGod created us with a heart, eyes, ears, mouth, hands and feet. ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands) staff use these inspiring ideas below… Interview: My childhood in a children’s homePeter Kamau Muthui and his five siblings grew up in residential care in Kenya. In this moving interview, he shares the impact this had on his life. No child left behindChildren with disabilities are among the most at risk of being placed in orphanages. Care for Children is changing this reality for disabled children in China, with incredible results. No child left behind in Chinese villageChildren with disabilities are among the most at risk of being placed in orphanages. Many parents do not know how to cope with a disabled child, and… ResourcesA selection of books, websites and training material about caring for orphans. Reuniting children with their familiesReintegration means helping children move back into families and communities. Children and families both need careful support before they can be reunited. Standing up for the rights of orphans: Lessons from Central AsiaTwo inspiring organisations in Central Asia are advocating for the rights of orphans at local and national level. The orphanage that turned inside outThe message is spreading that long-term residential care is not in the best interests of orphans and vulnerable children. As a result, many orphanages around the world are transforming into centres providing family and community strengthening services. Toolkit: art therapy for orphans and vulnerable childrenCreating art and talking about it can help children heal from difficult experiences. Activities can include drawing, painting, modelling, collage and… Toolkit: more art therapy ideas for vulnerable childrenIn our last post we explored how art can be used to create a safe place for anxious and traumatised children. In the second part of this mini-series… Using art as therapy for orphans and vulnerable childrenThese activities can help orphans and vulnerable children to express their emotions, grow in self-esteem and work through difficult memories. When ‘fostering’ is a new wordCasa Viva is the only organisation actively implementing foster care in Costa Rica. Working through the local church, they encourage families to offer a home to children in need. Words used in this editionExplanations of some of the words and phrases used in this edition.