Orphans Tree Inc
Rating: 5 stars 23 23 reviews 882
PO Box 62904 Colorado Springs CO 80962 USA
Bringing the benefits of family and God's hope to Russian orphans when they are most alone.
Orphans who have aged out of orphanages
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Life skills training and mentoring. Orphan’s Tree provides steady support to Russian orphans, ending multigenerational cycles of isolation, poverty and orphanhood.
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I have been involved with various different Nonprofit over the years but I can truly say Orphans Tree has been one of the best Ministries I have ever been associated with or served with.
Serving the needs of the Orphan graduates in Russia is a huge issue in Russia with over 800,000 Orphans in that country. The Ministry is focused on helping these orphans through various different programs staffed by Russian citizens who are passionate about helping their Orphans. The Russian orphan is literally labeled on their citizenship ID as a ORPHAN. Talk about having two strikes against you before you even get up to the plate ! They are treated as second rate citizens and have very limited opportunities in a country with limited opportunities to begin with. They have in most cases not had the loving, compassionate care of a mother or father from birth. have spent their entire childhood going from one institution to another. They are then thrown out into the streets of very Harsh world and then what ? In most cases being ill equipped in almost all ways of this world, they do whatever they have to do to survive, from prostitution, crime and drugs to suicide unfortunately in many cases.
Orphans tree is all about giving these young adults a chance, some HOPE that there is a reason to live in this world. To help them focus on their future rather than a past that they never had any control over. I am passionate about this Ministry because it is a PASSIONATE ministry. From offering Psychological services and mentoring young single mothers, a dacha program where young adult orphans can get engaged in outdoor activities like farming vegetables to caring for animals. Just two programs amongst many that focus on the immediate needs of these many desperate young adults involved in desperate situations.
If someone is looking to serve others who truly need their help it's a great Ministry to get involved with !
I first met George Steiner, president of Orphans Tree, in 2000, and since then my wife and I have been involved in numerous short term mission trips working with orphans in Russia with George's help. I just joined the board of Orphans Tree one year ago because I believe strongly in its emphasis upon helping older orphans. As they leave Russian orphanages, usually at age 16, these young people are even more vulnerable and needy than younger orphans. The life skills, safe haven, spiritual nurture, and friendship Orphans Tree staff provide these older orphans is invaluable, and it is how best to incarnate the gospel--helping one needy young person at a time.
This small ministry reaches out to older Russian orphans to offer help and hope. Orphan's Tree programs are diverse, ranging from dental care to classes in anger management, cooking, child rearing, and much more. A caring, loving staff give love, advice, and whatever is needed to aid young people who have no one else.
Barely seven years old, Orphans Tree (OT) is helping post-orphanage Russians live a meaningful life. Working in three regions, OT maintains ministry centers and dachas providing education, healthcare, and encouragement to the lost in modern Russian society.
I had the opportunity to travel to Russia with Orphan's Tree earlier this year. It was a great trip, but more than that, it was inspiring to see the organization's long-term commitment to the orphans they work with. So many organizations today are into checking boxes and impressive stats, but Orphan's Tree makes a last difference in the lives of the kids they work with. They have Russian staff members today who were among the orphans served 20 years ago, and they still remember meeting the staff and volunteers when they were kids. Great organization!
I have traveled to Russia each year for the last 16 years with the leadership of Orphans Tree and it has been an extraordinarily positive experience! All of our trips have been well planned and carried out in a very professional manner. Lives have been changed forever including the orphans we serve, the Russian staff we work with and all of the Americans with whom we have traveled. If you want to get involved in an organization the makes a wonderfully positive difference in this world, then Orphans Tree is a great place to invest your time, money, and prayers.
For the past 25 years, Orphan's Tree has been focused on older adult orphan care in Russia. My husband and I have been involved with this ministry for the last 16 years. This year, 10 people from Tulsa OK traveled to rural Russia to establish a sheep farm and fiber arts /wool mill with the intent to help older adult orphans become more sustainable. Like you, we have many choices as to where and how to invest our time, energy and money. This organization has stayed true to their calling. Under the able leadership of George Steiner, Orphan's Tree has the integrity, faith and love to address the needs of this special group of people..."orphans". We are blessed to be a part of Orphan's Tree and its mission!
I am very happy to have association with the Orphan's Tree organization. I have made many trips to Russia with another organization & I feel that all those trips lead up to the fantastic experience I had with Orphan's Tree. The ministry they provide for the people I have come to love so dearly is wonderful. The staff has a heart for those they serve & the recipients cannot help but be blessed in ways they would never have expected. I look forward to future trips with Orphan's Tree. My only disappointment is that I do not have the resources to participate in a bigger way.
Orphans Tree Inc does an exemplary job of reaching out to orphans in Russia in their time of need. The programs they have implement to help men and women transition to life outside the Orphanage demonstrate their knowledge of the needs and love that they have for the people they serve. This example of Christ's love is inspiring! Also, the staff's understanding of short term mission trips makes the experience life changing. Please consider supporting and going on a trip with them.
Orphans Tree is a truly amazing nonprofit. It focuses on and invests in people as complex individuals as opposed to people as members of communities with generalized needs. While in Russia, I was able to connect with orphans and engage them in activities that helped them understand their worth and see what a community of love looks like. Orphans Tree goes beyond what is called "voluntourism" and really helps to change lives and build relationships that will last a lifetime. The environment Orphans Tree creates as a place for personal growth and investing in others is unmatched by any other organization I have encountered. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with this organization and look forward to doing so again soon.