Started by Kiwi mum Sue and husband Carl van Schreven, Orphans Aid International have grown to care for and rescue orphans and the poor around the world – including Romania, Russia, India, Bhutan, Uganda and even those right here in New Zealand.
We’re are a New Zealand humanitarian organisation, founded in 2004. We are not government funded, so rely on your gifts to love and care for orphans and street children in our world today.
Your support enables our rescue work to expand. We have hopes of rescuing far more abandoned children. There will always be more orphans we desire to reach. With 150 million parentless children barely surviving, our mission is bigger than any and all of us. Each new child we rescue and care for, is one more life saved, and a true cause for celebration. Become a partner in the greatest rescue mission.
Every day, we open our doors – and hearts – to babies and children abandoned on the streets and in the hospitals of Romania. Through our home, Casa Kiwi, our team have rescued over 55 children since 2004, loving, caring and finding long term solutions for the children. Sofia (above), like many children we care for, was abandoned at a hospital. The Casa Kiwi team also operate an extensive foster family network, as well as being one of the few places that facilitate adoptions within Romania.
India’s slums are a dangerous home to 18 million street children. We are feeding 500 children every day in 10 different slum areas near Kolkata. Our team save lives by providing medical care to desperately needy children with infections and diseases, as well as feeding, providing schooling and protecting our children from traffickers who wish to harm them. We’ve made kids smile in the slums since 2007.
Since 2011 we have identified the needs of a community living on the Bhutan border. We are now providing a school, medical help, clothing and food to the struggling children in this people group. A second school, mainly for refugee children, is planned to open in 2014.
Since 2005 we’re caring for orphaned and institutionalised children in Kostroma, Russia. Many of the children have no contact with any family. We’re providing daily care for more than 60 children. We assist street children, those whose parents are in prison, as well as children who live in state orphanages. We’re loving these children providing medical and specialist care, giving them skills, letting them have fun and encouraging them to participate in a vast range of healthy activities including our annual Summer Children’s Camps.
After some years working in the area, 2014 has seen the launch of the Imuka Family Strengthening project. Our team in Uganda are working hard to ensure children are kept in families if at all possible, and are supporting families with all the help they need to keep their children. It’s a different model – but already has local community support and is saving children’s lives.
Since we started we’ve also been helping New Zealanders in need – through community initiatives and our network of Orphans Aid Opshops. We provide food hampers for families and low cost clothing and household goods.