- The cost of supplying energy is one of the largest financial burdens carried by orphanages in the developing world. Kitechild’s Sustainable Micro-Projects promotes the development of renewable sources of energy and the reduction of energy consumption.
- Orphanages are severely understaffed: the average ratio is 15 children per adult. (The ideal ratio is 5 children to 1 adult.) Many of the existing staff are not properly trained in childcare. Due to income instability, many are not invested in long term work at the homes, so orphanages experience a very high turnover rate. Kitechild works with field partners to facilitate training in best practices
- The lack of transparency in running and managing homes makes it difficult for donors and benefactors to see where their funds are being allocated and how they can create long term change as opposed to short term relief. Kitechild requires in-depth project proposals and media feedback so donors can see the direct impact of their contributions.
- Orphanage directors lack knowledge of how to attract support and exposure to their efforts or they lack the time to do it as it is time taken away from caring for the children. Kitechild uses free mediums like social media networks and the Kitechild network to promote the efforts of its orphanage members to potential donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors.
The following programs allow us to address the above challenges in a long-term, measurable way.
Kitechild uses existing networks to obtain funding for sustainable micro-projects featured on our homepage. We work closely with our orphanage partners to develop these micro-projects, and then use online promotion and marketing to fund them. Our projects focus on improving food security, income generation, self-sufficiency, and community caretaker training for our orphanage partners. Learn more.
The objective of our Inspiration Series is to expose at-risk foster youth in local L.A. county to potential careers in the arts through unique interactive events. With the help of celebrated Los Angeles-based individuals such as restauranteurs, chefs, visual artists, photographers, and designers, we hope to inspire our local foster children to shape their future.
Leather Bands for Learning
Kitechild has partnered with Lucky Flirts Jewelry to launch the Leather Bands for Learning Campaign. For every bracelet you purchase, you empower an orphan child by providing an educational opportunity. Orphan children lack the resources to pay for tuition, uniforms, textbooks and other educational materials, and often forgo education altogether because of lack of funding. Through the sale of bracelets, we raise money to contribute to the educational costs of the orphans in our network. Education is a key component in a children’s ability to grow and become successful members of their communities. Our Leather Bands for Learning campaign provides orphans with the opportunity to attend school and further their education.