How to Start Orphanage Home in Nigeria is clearly explained in this article. We hope you find it enlightening and helpful.
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The word orphanage is formed from the word orphan. An orphan is someone who has lost either or both parents to death at a very tender age.
In this article when the word orphans are mentioned, it is referring to the very few children who have lost their parents. An orphanage on the other hand is an institution whose main vision is to cater to those children who have lost their parents to death.
Orphanage homes are not meant to be a profit-making enterprise though they could fetch money, it is supposed to be built mainly for the passion of housing those who have been deprived of parental love and care either by death or parental rejection.
If you live in the northern parts of Nigeria where insurgency prevails such as Boko Haram and clashes between the herdsmen and farmers have rendered innocent children homeless, you’ll agree that there is an urgent need for orphanage homes to raise these children to live up to their full potentials.
Note that it is not only these insurgencies that render children homeless, some parents label their children witches and send them out of the house as a result of a fake prophecy from a fake and conscienceless prophet. These parents drive out children with great destinies to the street regardless of what may befall those children.
We believe you are reading this article because you intend to start up an orphanage but are unsure of how to go about it. Note that the orphanages you see or hear about are funded by individuals and only in a few cases does the government come in.
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How to Start an Orphanage Home in Nigeria
Here are Guides on How to Start an Orphanage Home in Nigeria:
1. Get enough money
As your orphanage gets popular, a lot of philanthropists will begin to give voluntary donations to help you take care of the children but first of all, you need to be able to foot the bills that will give the children a comfortable life; something close or better than what they would have had if they had been at home.
Ideally, we think you should be a business person before you venture into bringing orphans to one place to cater to their needs. Why this is suggested is so that you could have money with you at all times just in case of unforeseen circumstances.
2. Get adequate training
Whether you studied a course in school that focused on training children or not, you need to leverage the experience of those who have been in the operation of orphanages for maximum success of your own.
These people have gone through experiences you will not even imagine so it is compulsory that you undergo the training by becoming a volunteer staff.
Also, take advantage of YouTube classes and other online mastery classes. But you shouldn’t substitute one for the other. You may never know what you’ll learn in both.
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3. Get a good Housing facility
Whether you’ll be building or renting a property, make sure that the location of your orphanage is free from external and internal threats.
The safety of the children should be put into consideration while choosing a place. By safety, we mean emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual, and academic safety.
Your facility should be leveled and not prone to flooding or any other natural and man-made disaster.
4. Register your orphanage home with the necessary bodies.
There are so many orphanage homes that have been termed illegal just because due registrations were not carried out. Even before you start bringing children into the home, remember that a stitch in time saves nine.
Meet all the regulatory bodies that are important to meet (you need to carry out research on this from existing orphanage homes), and pay all the stipulated fees before you start. This will place your home on the lips of the agency should there be a grant for orphanage homes.
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5. Know how to get investors
Apart from the free-will gifts that people give to orphanage homes, some reputable organizations within and outside the country contribute immensely to orphanages.
If you operate in isolation, that share of favor may elude you. Get out of isolation, and surf the internet, and you’ll see some of them. This is something you should also learn while learning from an existing orphanage.
An orphanage home ultimately gives out most of its children for adoption by those who don’t have children or those who just want to have an adopted child in their home.
You should provide intending adopters with all the necessary documents to fill in and also do a follow-up to ensure that the children are well taken care of.