BEGINNINGS AND VISION
The vision for the Asian Pacific Childrens Fund was birthed in 2002 when APCF President and founder Don McAlvany and his wife Molly encountered an orphan’s home on Manila Bay in the Philippines. The children in this home had come from very difficult backgrounds: from the streets of Philippine cities where they begged, stole, or sold their bodies to stay alive; from poor villages where they had lost one or both parents; from abject poverty, abuse, and rejection; and from lives with no hope and no future.
But the children in this home were happy; well cared for; loved by a staff who treated them like they were their own children; were being educated up through the university level; and were being taught principles of how to live successful, productive, meaningful lives. What a contrast – from the poverty, deprivation, and abuse of the streets (or of their small villages) to the caring, loving family atmosphere of this home. They had come from pain, poverty, and no hope for their future, to a place of laughter, acceptance, love, and personal growth.
THROW AWAY CHILDREN
But, as we soon learned, this is not the reality of tens of millions of orphans, and street children throughout the Third World – who are “throw away children” that no one wants, loves, or will care for. Millions of such children die on the streets or in poor Third World villages each year – with no one to love them, care for them, or even notice their pitiful lives, or in many cases, their very early deaths. They have no one to hug them, hold them, care for them or take care of their most basic needs. It is not that they are forgotten – no one even noticed they were there – that they even existed.
These children are considered non-persons (and non-existent) – and their lives, pain, poverty, and deaths are not even a small blip on the world’s radar screen. If they survive their childhoods they have nothing to look forward to but more pain and poverty. They will not be educated or trained for productive work.
Another sad reality is the 1½ to 2 million little girls (aged 5 to 12) who are sold or forced into prostitution each year via Third World sex trafficking. Locked in cages (like animals) only to emerge when used as child prostitutes, they finally emerge on the streets at about age 15 where they will ply the only trade they know until they die of AIDS (usually in their twenties or early thirties).
So, we realized that there is a tremendous need in Asia (and throughout the Third World) for well-run orphans (children’s) homes – where loving, caring staffs can give these children the basics of life: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education – and a loving family environment – where they can have their physical and emotional wounds healed; where they can be nurtured, trained, educated and prepared for productive lives in a very unfriendly and challenging world.
THE VISION OF APCF
So, the vision of the Asian Pacific Childrens Fund is to find well-run, largely unknown Asian children’s homes – homes that are on no one’s radar screen – and to help them to raise funding and bring in resources which they need to survive and prosper. These resources include: finances; staffing; food; clothing; English teachers (English is essential if these children are eventually to get good jobs); medical and dental teams; and university or trade school education for students with the desire, motivation, and grades to go beyond high school.
APCF currently supports 8 such orphans homes (one in the Philippines; five in Indonesia; one in India and one in Nepal) and will expand the number of homes which we “adopt” (as the resources become available) to 10, 20, 30, or more. Films on several of these homes (and a photo gallery of the homes and children) are viewable on this website. We cannot help most of the tens of millions of Asian/Third World orphans, street children and child prostitutes, as much as we wish we could. But we are helping to give life, hope, and a future to almost 400 of these children at this time.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH A HEART FOR THESE ORPHANS
And as good people who have a heart for these children and their futures get involved with us (with APCF) we will eventually be supporting thousands of these children. Our vision is to ultimately “adopt” dozens of well-run, loving, caring orphan’s homes, put them on the world’s radar screen – and help them to become self-sustaining. (Already we have children who have grown up in our homes who have gone to university and have now come back to the home to help staff them and raise the next generation of orphans.)
If you have a heart for hurting Third World street children and orphans, there is much that you can do. Study this APCF website and view the films on our homes. If your heart is touched by our children, where they have come from and the positive transformation that is taking place in their lives, if you can in some way feel the pain of the millions of street children and orphans that have no hope, no life, and no future, then contact us and get involved with the Asian Pacific Children’s Fund. Together we can make a difference in these children’s lives – one child and one orphan’s home at a time.
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