Providence is in the process of honing a framework that tracks the universal, common threads of best practices for orphan care communities, which cross cultural, societal, and all other boundaries. This framework is the result of extensive research, collaboration with other excellent orphan care providers and universities, years of experience with our incubator model orphan care community in Honduras, La Providencia, and visits to other orphan care programs and orphanages around the world. Making up the framework are the following eight essential prongs:
- Medical Care
- Community Integration
- National Leadership
- Spiritual Formation
Each of these prongs must be strategically implemented with excellence and utmost quality into any orphan care community that strives to fully develop its children and further best practices.
Through this framework and the development of La Providencia, we are working diligently to shift the paradigm of orphan care from one where they are viewed as a waste of resources to one where they are cared for as your kids and my kids are — as investments who can be anything God created them to be. From a paradigm where the kids get our leftovers, at best, to one where they actually get the best with the expectation that they will become Gospel-driven, societal leaders.