Happy smiling faces, enjoying the attention but more than anything, they just want to be in a loving family. They cling to you in hope and sometimes they will even ask if they can go home with you. It’s understandable. Of course they want somewhere to belong. It’s only natural and why shouldn’t they.
The foster parents are very special people. Many have provided a loving home for over twenty children through the years. It can be very hectic at the weekends when older ones return to visit! Top Kids helps to support the foster families; emotionally, materially, financially and pastorally.
Visiting teams go back with stories and memories that are deeply personal and then they share them with their friends. Long before the charity was launched, we would ask people in Belarus what we could do to help. One reply will never be forgotten – “just come and you will see for yourself”.
The children we help live in the Republic of Belarus, Eastern Europe. Whilst a strategy is in place to close the orphanages, there are still thousands of children living in institutions, without the parental love that they desperately need. TopKids encourages families to open up their homes so that the orphan children can receive the parental love that they long for. We then support the families through the kind donations and sponsorship of people who choose to help us. Most of our families care for a minimum of five children and many have even ten!
The change that takes place in the children, when they move from an orphanage into a loving family home, is quite amazing and beautiful to witness.