HOPE STATION serves children who are orphaned in Asia by raising up champions and caregivers who are motivated by love and equipped to care for their unique needs. We partner with local organizations and people to provide real and lasting solutions for vulnerable children through caregiver training, support for child care centers, adoption advocacy and support, and raising community awareness. The children we serve will move from simply surviving towards thriving.
What is a champion?
A Hope Station champion is any adult in a child’s life who will do whatever it takes to see that child thrive. It could be a caregiver, a therapist, or a loving volunteer. With a trained caregiver, a child would have someone who thinks creatively about how to supply his every day needs. He could learn to communicate, express his emotions, and gain new skills with a therapist’s help. And with a loving volunteer who hugs him and talks to him every week, the child would know that he is loved and he is valuable.
Hope Station strongly believes that each child deserves a loving, forever family of his own. Forever parents are the ultimate champion for a child. Unfortunately, many children will live without parents for a long time… or forever. Hope Station stands in the gap for these children, raising up champions for each one.
Motivated by love
Love is the cornerstone of family. There is no comparison to the love a parent has for their child. That’s why we believe it’s so important that champions who stand in the gap should be motivated by the same kind of unconditional love. Knowing how to change diapers and bandage owies and discipline bad behavior and get a crying baby to sleep is not enough… it should all be done in love. When a child’s nanny, caregiver, therapist, or foster parent is motivated by love to care for him, he can live a thriving life no matter the obstacles.
Children with special needs are sometimes viewed as less-than-perfect or undesirable. It’s not a given that their caregivers will see their value. But we believe that every child is important and valuable and deserves to be loved. So we do our best to model that as we interact with children and their caregivers, and to create opportunities for them to see each child’s value.
Equipped to care
Caring for orphaned children with special needs is a tough job. Helping them to move from surviving to thriving requires a very special skill set. Children who live their lives orphaned experience a lot more than their little hearts are meant to handle. Those with special needs have an especially difficult time surviving in a harsh environment with no one to fight their battles for them. Our vision is to see every child have a champion in their life who is uniquely equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to guide the child through healthy growth and development.