Fact for Fiction? In a world full of orphans and precious little money, they are often at a loss for enough to feed the children much less address other important needs like consistent and loving caretakers, enough affection, stimulation, clean surroundings and clothing. Orphanages are at the mercy of the generosity of donors. I recently had a whim about how wonderful it would be to create a way that orphanages could be self-sustaining. That’s as far as the idea got for several weeks.
I recently thought of adapting a brilliant idea from Heal Africa http://www.healafrica.org/programs-c-2.html where they offer microfinance loans to groups of pregnant women. This enables the women to start businesses from which come their clinic fees for prenatal care.
I’m imagining groups of women who might want to adopt orphans but are unable to afford caring for children. They could be required to give a specific number of hours volunteering in the orphanage (more hands…more love for the children) and at the same time be observed for their compassion and childcare skills. At the end of that time they could apply for a small business loan. This would require one or more business/loan counselors to oversee the progress of the business and give necessary training to the new businesswomen. This could perhaps be done by a local university student in exchange for some college credit. I’m still fleshing out this idea. But once it is put to practice and proven successful…it could be duplicated everywhere. And children who deserve a home would receive one.