I’m so excited, you guys. Excited and energized by what we’ve got going on.
Today, I’m in London to meet with 25 global organizations working in the orphan space. Together, we’re forming a collaborative with a common goal of delivering an orphan-free world. That’s right, our global initiative is ON! These 25 organizations have said “Yes!” “Yes” to partnering together to have a family for every child by 2040.
Did you know that 85% of children that live in orphanages actually have parents? Parents put them in orphanages because they don’t have what they need… like a school or daycare, health center, or enough food.
Every child deserves a family. And every child wants a family.
So our goal is to get those children back with their families and to use adoption and kinship care to take care of the other 15%.
We’ve learned that no matter how great an orphanage is, it is no substitute for a family.
We have a systematic process for this, and we’re going to learn from 25 other organizations and create a transformation in the care and belonging of children.
We have four goals for this meeting:
1. Form professional and personal bonds. This is a unique and sacred opportunity to be together with other bold, visionary leaders and learn from them. I’m humbled to have this group together in one room.
2. Create a shared vision. In 2001, Steve Jobs said “A thousand songs in my pocket.” In 1980, Bill Gates gave Microsoft a clear mission: A computer on every desk and in every home. In 1961, John F. Kennedy gave us a vision of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. At the time, these things seemed impossible… but they happened! Our goal of an orphan-free world might look impossible now, but everything’s impossible until it’s done.
3. Find a roadmap for how we get to a tipping point. Defining this roadmap consists of answering some questions like:
- What is the data? What is “so?”
- Why is this vision not already a reality?
- What are the barriers?
- What is missing?
- And finally, what are the assets that collectively we have?
4. Define next steps and forge a commitment. This is where the rubber meets the road. We’ll make a tangible plan of next steps and commit actions to the shared vision we created.
Typically, the Achilles heel of nonprofit organizations is that they don’t work together. This initiative changes that. This is pioneering the future that together, we can. Prior to this, the world has failed to come together as a collective.
The benefits of a global strategy are enormous. Like-minded actors acting is what changes the world. We’ve seen it with the roll-out of HIV drugs and the eradication of small pox. Now, we’re doing it for children who have been separated from their families.
Thank you for taking care of these children all these years. You have gotten us to where we are today and we’re so grateful.