Young Graduates Project


Every year children aged 5-7 ‘age-out’ and must “graduate” (i.e. are transferred) to an orphanage for children up to age 18. The children leave their ‘home’, their caregivers, friends, and siblings. They leave with nothing.

Graduation day is usually heralded by screaming and hysterical crying from both fear and sadness. The heartbreak and fear experienced at this tender age is difficult to imagine, especially for siblings and they are not always reunited. It is a trauma remembered by each child for life.

And yet this trauma can easily be lessened by providing young graduates with a comfort gift to take with them on their transfer. This gift will likely be the first and possibly only possession that the children will own while in orphanage care.

The Young Graduates Project aims to provide all our graduating orphans a graduation gift including:

·        A backpack                                              

·        A stuffed toy (a good cuddle’s worth)

·        A fleece blanket

·        A small toy (eg. coloring book and crayons)

·        A hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap

·        A combination lock for the backpack, if possible

We would also like to raise funds for the orphanages to buy a bag of candy for each child to take with them.

Please donate to this project via at: and be happy in the knowledge that you are making a significant difference to a child’s wellbeing.



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