About Us

Introduction. Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) was founded by Jim Luce in 1999 as a response to the global crisis facing orphaned children.  OIWW has established a network of locally incorporated homes to house and educate children orphaned and abandoned after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and the 2004 hurricane in Haiti. OIWW provides aid to the world's most disadvantaged children with the donated services of 100 volunteers, on an annual budget of less than a half-million dollars.  OIWW is associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and is headquartered in New York City.

In 2008, OIWW will begin to move orphaned children into more permanent family settings by arranging foster care for Tsunami orphans in Sri Lanka. In this "Family Care" model, OIWW will arrange for donors to provide on-going, monthly stipends for the financial, health and educational support of the poorest families. OIWW also provides school oversight, after school tutoring, enrichment programs, health checkups, and monitoring of the childs well being.

OIWW believes the greatest number of kids can be served when neighbors, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are provided with the means to care for orphaned children after a crisis has passed.  This plan for orphans' care requires intensive work by OIs local staff, dedicated volunteer teachers and committed donors.  Orphans International is uniquely suited to manage "Family Care" details, including stipend payments, because we have many computer services at our projects to make communicating easier with the kids, foster parents, teachers and staff.

Mission. Our mission is to help orphaned or abandoned children grow into solid citizens of the world through a sound structure that is simultaneously Interfaith, because there are many paths up the mountain; Interracial, because there is but one race - the human race; International, because our neighbors are our family; Inter-generational, because there is much to learn from our elders; and Internet- Connected, because the world today is at our fingertips.

Family Care.  Beginning with OI Sri Lanka at Kathaluwa, we will begin in 2008 to introduce OI Family Care.
Realizing that OI cannot build enough housing to meet the pressing need, we will begin to work with extended families - aunts, uncles, grandparents - offering training and support to take care of orphans in their care.

All children in the care of Orphans International must be given the same love and security that each of our team members would give to their own children.  The rule is named after OI founder Jim Luce's adopted son, Mathew.

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