Welcome to 2017! We have four exciting strategic initiatives this year, all with the goal of ensuring that orphaned children receive their rights and grow into empowered, thriving adults.

1. Help the homes in our family improve their quality of care and become self-sustaining

We will continue to diligently work with our 24 orphanages across India, providing the gap funding and capacity building training needed to ensure the children are receiving all of their rights with every opportunity to grow into empowered, independent adults.

2. Partner with the Government of Maharashtra to redefine the role of orphanages

In June 2016, we launched a partnership with the Women and Child Development Department of the Government of Maharashtra. The government invited us implement our programs in all orphanages across the state, with the goal of improving the quality of care being given to every single child without parents in Maharashtra. We are already working with three government homes in Maharashtra and will extend support to five additional government homes in the coming weeks.

We’re also working with the Government of Maharashtra to redefine the role of orphanages, ensuring that only children with no other stable, loving, nurturing place to go are growing up in institutions—and that even those children growing up in institutions receive every opportunity to become thriving adults.

3. Leverage best performing orphanages to become “Centers of Excellence”

The goal of the “Centers of Excellence” approach is to expand from helping individual orphanages and supporting thousands of children to reaching tens of thousands of children. We plan to do this by leveraging high-performing orphanages—dubbed “Centers of Excellence”—to train all orphanages in the geographic areas around those homes.

With an increasingly global focus, we’re partnering with organizations in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and more.

4. Create a digital toolkit to distribute our training curriculum to orphanage leaders, staff, children and donors around the world

Through our 16 years of focused work with orphanages across India, we have developed a broad and deep domain of expertise in how to ensure children all of their rights. Our initiative in 2017 is to begin providing this powerful knowledge to the world through highly consumable content and curriculum downloads on our website. Our goal is to help hundreds of thousands of children through educating the adults currently working in or donating to orphanages across the world.

We’re thrilled at this opportunity to help exponentially more children in 2017 and beyond. Thanks for your continued support, which makes all this possible.