Asia’s Hope is a Christian, multi-denominational organization founded in 2002. We provide family-style — not institutional — care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation in Cambodia, Thailand and India.
At each of our 32 homes, children whose parents died or abandoned them receive new mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and enjoy all of the benefits of belonging to a stable, loving family.
All of their medical, psychological, social, educational and spiritual needs are provided by local, indigenous staff members who understand their language and culture and what it takes for them to be successful, independent adults in their own country. We offer each child in our care the opportunity to attend university or vocational training when they graduate from high school.
We believe that our family-style, indigenous-led model can revolutionize the world of residential orphan care. We believe that we are helping to lead the way forward by creating new and better kinds of orphanages, ones that truly meet the complex needs of millions of orphaned children worldwide who will never be adopted internationally or reunited safely with extended family members.
By standing with Asia’s Hope, you are transforming the lives of the nearly 800 children currently in our care. But you are also helping us change the way orphanages are conceptualized, funded and run, changing the lives and futures of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Family-style Care Model
Academic studies and anecdotal experiences confirm what Asia’s Hope has long believed — that institutional care generally produces poor long-term outcomes for orphaned children. In thousands of overcrowded institutional orphanages across the world, children receive sub-standard care from poorly-paid shift-workers who have neither the skills nor the opportunity to form lasting bonds with any of the children in their care.
Each Asia’s Hope children’s home is based on a family, rather than an institutional model. Asia’s Hope hires a full-time mom and dad for each home. These parents live at the home and raise their own biological children alongside the Asia’s Hope kids. When orphaned children are brought into the home, they are treated not as patients or boarders. They’re considered brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.
Asia’s Hope limits the size of each home to maintain a workable staff-to-child ratio. Asia’s Hope’s ideal home size is 20 children. Each home functions as a family; the kids do chores, cook together, eat together, do homework and go to church together. In the context of this loving home, Asia’s Hope’s children receive the support and care they need to reclaim their lost childhood and build the foundations for a successful future.
Each home operates with a balance of independence and community. The dad and mom work with the Asia’s Hope Country Director to develop a monthly budget, and they submit detailed reports on projected and actual expenditures to the Country Director and the Board of Asia’s Hope. All Asia’s Hope homes are required to meet uniform standards of child care and protection, but every home is different; directors set their own expectations, rules and schedules. The staff of the homes meet together regularly for encouragement, accountability, fellowship and training.
Asia’s Hope’s strategy is to match each children’s home with a partnering organization that can provide long-term encouragement, affirmation and financial support. Each of our children have been orphaned — separated by death or abandonment from their parents — and are at immediate, high risk of sexual and economic exploitation.
Our partnership model provides Asia’s Hope’s primary source for children’s home funding. With this model, Asia’s Hope enters into an agreement with a partnering organization willing to accept responsibility for the home’s monthly budget. Asia’s Hope then works to foster the relationship between the partner and the home, facilitating updates, personal communications and visits to the homes.
Asia’s Hope also works to recruit and retain donors to participate in other funding projects. These include both non-recurring (e.g. activities, equipment, capital improvements and expenditures) and ongoing (e.g. staff salaries, post-secondary education support, vocational training) expenses. When possible, Asia’s Hope gives donors specific projects they can “own.” Asia’s Hope also provides photos and/or videos to promote the need and to demonstrate the effects of the partner’s financial support.
Asia’s Hope seeks corporate, foundation and individual donations for special projects, capital expenditures and improvements, and for contributions to the general fund.
Asia’s Hope sets aside 18% of every dollar donated for shared use, underwriting nearly every aspect of the organization’s budget — from staff salaries and travel expenses to medical emergencies and government fees — and nearly eliminating the need for expensive fundraising.
Founded in 2002, Asia’s Hope began its work in Cambodia partnering with existing, indigenous organizations. Asia’s Hope’s first projects focused on housing and leadership training of university students from rural backgrounds. Within the first three years, Asia’s Hope began a gradual narrowing of its focus to concentrate on children, specifically orphans.
In 2005, Asia’s Hope expanded into to Thailand, opening its first children’s home for hill tribe children in Doi Saket, just north of Chiang Mai.
Asia’s Hope established its first children’s home in Northeastern India in 2011.
Today, Asia’s Hope operates six children’s homes in India, 10 children’s homes in Thailand and 18 in Cambodia. The organization also runs two schools in Cambodia and numerous micro-enterprise and vocational training programs in both countries.
Asia’s Hope has always been a grassroots organization, and even as it has grown, it has maintained a high level of volunteer support. Asia’s Hope has only three paid employees in North America, but more than 200 in Asia. All of the organization’s paid employees in Asia are indigenous to the country in which they work.
Asia’s Hope is a Christian organization. Asia’s Hope believes that God has a special place in his heart for the poor and oppressed, and wishes to use his people to bless “the least and the last.” The organization believes that they have been called to minister primarily to orphans, children who do not have parents or close relatives able or willing to care for them.
Asia’s Hope believes that God is especially offended by the horrors of human trafficking, the exploitation of weak and vulnerable people for sexual or economic gratification of the powerful and privileged.
The orphans Asia’s Hope serves are prime targets for this kind of predatory abomination, and the organization believes that rescuing and raising these children in a loving environment is essential work for the people of God.
Asia’s Hope believes that orphaned children should be raised in the context of loving homes, not in impersonal institutions. Each of the organization’s children’s home directors views themselves as a parent, not a caretaker, and the children are raised as brothers and sisters.
Asia’s Hope believes that Asian staff and ministry partners should be trusted and empowered to make real decisions that affect themselves and the ministries they oversee. Asia’s Hope strives to approach international ministry with humility and mutual interdependence, and with a servant’s heart.
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Since its inception, Asia’s Hope has been defined by indigenous leadership, grassroots support and multi-denominational alignment. Those attributes, which kept the organization strong when small, have built a strong foundation capable of sustaining significant growth.
Any international aid or development effort must rely heavily on the support, the knowledge and a sense of ownership among leaders of the community receiving the aid. Asia’s Hope’s day-to-day operations are run by able and trusted indigenous, national leaders.
Asia’s Hope values the contributions and participation of the thousands individuals who make the organization’s work possible. Asia’s Hope is committed to maintaining a structure that empowers individuals to get involved at a grassroots level. Asia’s Hope is committed to maintaining low administrative scale and relying, to a large degree, on partnering organizations, board members and other volunteers.
Asia’s Hope is a distinctively Christian organization, founded on and governed by biblical principles, dedicated to extending God’s love and mercy to the “fatherless and the widow.” The organization is, however, distinctively and intentionally multi-denominational, welcoming involvement and input from a diverse cross-section of Christian groups and individuals and from non-Christians as well.
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Suffering from a legacy of genocide and unrest, Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries. Although the economy is growing, the distribution of wealth is extraordinarily unequal, leaving hundreds of thousands of poor children living with inadequate shelter, healthcare and education. For orphaned and abandoned children, the situation is dire: many find themselves homeless or working in exploitative conditions.
Asia’s Hope operates 18 children’s homes serving more than 400 children in Cambodia. The children’s homes are geographically clustered, with six in Prek Eng, just outside of Phnom Penh, and twelve in Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city, about 5 hours from Phnom Penh.
Northern Thailand is home to a number of ethnic minority groups known broadly as “the hill tribes,” each of which maintains its own culture, language and dress.
Political oppression and centuries-old cycles of poverty have left thousands of hill tribe children without parents, without education and without hope.
Asia’s Hope operates 10 children’s homes serving more than 225 hill tribe children in Northern Thailand. Seven of our homes are in Doi Saket, about 30 minutes north of Chiang Mai. One is in Hot Springs, about 45 minutes north of Doi Saket. The newest home is in Wiang Pa Pow, about an hour and a half north of Doi Saket, and sits on a piece of land that is suitable for another three or four homes, and will likely serve as Asia’s Hope base of future expansion in Thailand. This land also houses a ministry run by hill tribe widows, a series of agricultural, handicraft and micro-enterprise initiatives designed to provide the children with educational and economic opportunities.
Unfathomably vast, India is the second-largest nation on earth, and has the world’s largest orphan population. West Bengal alone has more than 90 million people from 35 distinct ethnic groups. It is in this diverse state, whose people reside in huge metropolitan areas and tiny mountain villages, where Asia’s Hope has begun its work, opening its first home in Kalimpong in 2011.
Asia’s Hope operates 6 children’s homes, employing a staff of 40 and providing homes for more than 140 orphaned children.
Asia’s Hope is recognized in the United States as a 501c3 non-profit organization and in Canada as a registered charity. Asia’s Hope is recognized by the Kingdom of Cambodia as an international NGO, and has signed cooperative agreements with all relevant government ministries, including the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice. Asia’s Hope is recognized by the Kingdom of Thailand as a registered charitable organization, and operates with the approval and oversight of all relevant government and tribal bodies. Asia’s Hope operates in India as a charitable trust.
All Asia’s Hope affiliates are governed by the U.S.-based board.
John McCollum, Co-founder and Executive Director
Keith Wong, retired
Dr. John Campbell MD, retired
Glenn Kelly, CEO Kelson Financial
Pastor Ron Biddle, Crossroads Church, Mansfield, Ohio
Adam Heath, Worthington Christian School
Sherrod Fields, Ohio Health
Sam Cobb, Real Wood Floors
Caringbah Baptist Church, Caringbah, New South Wales
Central Vineyard Church, Columbus, Ohio
The Chapel, Akron, Ohio
Chets Creek Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Crossroads Community Church, Mansfield, Ohio
Grace Community Church, Goshen, Indiana
Cornerstone Church, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio
Heritage Christian Church, Westerville, Ohio
Highview Community Church, Kitchener, Ontario
Lake Forest Church, Huntersville & Davidson, North Carolina
LIFE Vineyard Church, Columbus, Ohio
Marysville Vineyard, Marysville, OH
Narrow Road Church, Heath, Ohio
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City, Ohio
Scarlet City Church, Columbus, Ohio
Vineyard Church of Columbus, Columbus, Ohio
Vista Community Church, Dublin, Ohio
Westview Bible Church, Montreal, Quebec
Wooster Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio
Businesses, Foundations and Non-profits
Hope for Cambodia, Bradenton, Florida
Visiting Asia's Hope
Although Asia’s Hope is not a “short term missions agency,” visiting teams do play an important role in the organization’s overall strategy. Asia’s Hope facilitates two kinds of teams: visits from partnering organizations and vision-casting trips.
Visits from Partnering Organizations
Partnering organizations play an essential role in the emotional, spiritual and financial support of our children’s homes. Partnering organizations usually send teams at least once a year to help encourage the staff and kids, deepen the relationship between the organization and the home and provide hands-on experiences for the team members so they can return as their congregation’s ambassadors and cheerleaders for the project.
These teams travel as guests of Asia’s Hope under the guidance and authority of their local church. Although the organization collects the funds, recruits and trains the team members, Asia’s Hope staff and trained volunteers are available before, during and after the trip to provide assistance.
Asia’s Hope staff and board members recruit, plan and lead teams of potential sponsors, donors and corporate partners in order to cast a vision for team members’ future involvement in the ministry. These teams are designed to give a strategic overview of Asia’s Hope’s ministries in a specific country and provide a forum for executive level engagement between people well suited to be key stakeholders and senior Asia’s Hope leadership.
Other Types of Trips
Occasionally, board members, staff, long-term supporters or key project stakeholders visit Asia’s Hope projects with their own families. We encourage this type of trip, but we also work to carefully manage frequency and length these visits to ensure the best possible experience for the other two types of teams as well as the staff and kids of the children’s homes.
All foreign nationals wishing to visit Asia’s Hope children’s homes must receive prior approval from the Executive Director and must review and affirm the principles outlined in Asia’s Hope’s Child Protection Policy by submitting completed visitor's policy and waiver forms.
Asia’s Hope reserves the right to refuse access or remove from its premises any visitor deemed ineligible or unwelcome by its local or international staff.