Project 143 Orphan Hope Program
Welcome to the Project 143 Orphan Hope Program, a life-changing 5 - 6 week summer and 4 - 5 week winter event where you welcome an orphaned child into your family's home. It's like a mission trip in your own home.
Some of these children have never had, or were too little to remember a normal family life. You can help change that! You show them what a loving family is all about, to be loved and cared for without conditions. You help them learn English, introduce them to our culture, immerse them into an atmosphere of happiness.
You might be surprised at whose life is changed the most at the end of the hosting.
Project 143 Hope Program Dates
The Project 143 Orphan HOPE Winter Programs run from mid-December to mid-January, while the summer programs run from June to August. Exact program dates vary depending on the country and length of the program (short or long).
Exact dates are sent to confirmed P143 Host Families via email and posted to our invitation only P143 Facebook Ask a Mentor forum. Follow us on Facebook here.
Children available for hosting are 6 years and older and include boys, girls, and sibling groups. You will receive brief bios, pictures, and some medical information about the child you will be hosting. Due to country laws and to protect the privacy of the children, information is limited and cannot be guaranteed to be comprehensive or accurate.
Information on Host Children:
Information on the orphan host children includes brief bios, pictures and some medical information. Due to country laws and to protect the privacy of the children, information is limited and no information can be guaranteed comprehensive or accurate.
Host Family Requirements and Responsibilities:
Hosting an orphan can be an incredibly rewarding experience for you and your family. Not only will you be providing a child with a safe and loving home, but you will also be giving them the chance to experience a new culture and make lasting memories.
However, it is important to understand that hosting an orphan is also a serious responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Many of these children may have experienced trauma from not being in a family and may require extra support and understanding.
As a host family, you will be required to undergo background checks, home safety visits, and attend trauma training to ensure that you are equipped to provide the care that these children need. You will also be responsible for providing any necessary medical care that is not covered by the group travel insurance policy and hosting chaperones or guardians if needed.
But the rewards of hosting an orphan far outweigh the challenges. You will have the opportunity to create lifelong bonds with a child who may have never experienced the love and security of a family before. By opening your home and your heart, you can make a difference in the life of a child and help them to build a brighter future.
So if you are ready to take on this responsibility and make a difference in the life of a child, we encourage you to consider hosting an orphan through Project One Forty Three. With your support, these children can have a chance to thrive and experience the love and security of a family.
HOST PARENT REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY:
- Legally married couples and single parents can participate
- Applicants must be at least 25 years old
- It is acceptable to have children already at home
- Obtain Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History Clearance and *State Background Check/Fingerprints (For state specific process check with state or local police)
- Obtain a medical conclusion from your family doctor (Ukraine only)
- Obtain *Home Safety Visit for Ukraine, or Psycho Social Visits for Colombia, conducted by a Licensed Social Worker
- Attend Mandatory Host Family Trauma Training, Instructor led - conducted online
- Provide any medical care that might be required for the child/ren during their visit that is not covered by group travel insurance policy
- Have at least one conversation per week with your family coach and your child's assigned in-country chaperone
- Agree to send the child(ren) back to the country of origin at the end of the program
- Send pictures of the child(ren) with family and Host Reports to Project 143 weekly
- Host and/or assist with room and board for chaperones and guardians traveling with the children, if needed. Colombia host families are required to host a chaperone for a minimum of two nights
- Pay hosting donation by defined deadlines (Please download Host Application for information on deadlines, schedules, etc.)
- *Pick up and return child/ren at arrival/departure airports (this is NOT included in the host donation)
- * Clothes for Child (gently used is fine), etc.
ONLINE TRAINING / DATES:
Project 143 Orphan HOPE Program parent training dates will be posted shortly after each season's HOPE Program dates are established. You can check back or register for updates via email at the foot of this page or follow us on Facebook here.
Colombia requires families to complete at least 10 hours of child trauma training. P143 breaks this training up into two segments. Prospective host parents will have access to our P143 specific training in our online application portal. This is available on-demand, but must be successfully completed prior to the assigned deadline. Host families are required to complete TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) training. This training takes place on-line via Zoom. Training dates and registration can be found here. Completion of the training classes are a requirement for host child placement approval.
HOSTING EXPENSE DONATIONS:
The Project 143 hosting donations are tax deductible.
*These items are not included in the host donations.
PLEASE NOTE: All Host Donations are tax-deductible and are non-refundable, per IRS guidelines for 501(c)3 organizations.