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Rwanda Sponsorship

Did you know that orphanages are damaging to children? Research shows growing up in an institution harms children emotionally, physically and developmentally. Children need the love of a family to survive and thrive.

That’s why Saddleback Church is coming alongside the Rwandan government as they work towards a goal of emptying all their orphanages by 2014. Saddleback is partnering with local churches in Rwanda to help all those children find permanent, caring families of their own. Of the 3,000 children in orphanages in Rwanda when we began last year, 1,200 now have families to call their own, and 5 of the 35 orphanages have closed!

There’s still more to be done. Our “Getting to Zero” goal is that there will be zero children living in Rwandan orphanages by 2014.

You can help empty orphanages by sponsoring a family in Rwanda – helping a child reunite with – or regain – a family. Sponsorship helps a family provide school fees, food, clothes and health insurance for the child. It also provides for parenting training and social worker support through the local church.

This sponsorship program is unique in that it works to end the orphan crisis by focusing on getting children into family, so that they are a son or daughter and not an orphan anymore.

Because of the involvement of the local Rwandan church in selecting families for the program and administering funds, there is a high level of accountability. You can know that your gift goes directly to the family through the local church, without a lot of red tape or overhead.

With other sponsorship programs, the donor is the hero. In Saddleback’s Rwanda Orphan Sponsorship, the local church is the hero and the source of distribution in the community. As a result, the orphan is helped directly, and they are connected to a permanent family and the local church. There is also an emphasis on helping families maximize the sponsorship through income generating projects and long-term sustainable resources such as savings groups and livestock.

Click here to begin sponsoring a family in Rwanda today!

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Your sponsorship provides:

  • School fees
  • Medical Insurance
  • Sustainable income-generating skills
  • Church-based lay social worker support
  • Family training through the local church


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Orphan Care Peace Trips

You can make a lasting difference in the life of a child!

Saddleback PEACE Teams are helping children get out of orphanages and into families! Children are learning about the love of Jesus through the love of a family of their own.

Join the over 1,000 other people who have travelled to Rwanda on a PEACE trip, but be among the first to go on a specific trip designed around orphan care. You can help local churches as they partner with the Rwandan government, which has decided to empty all its orphanages by 2014. Of the 35 orphanages, 5 have already been emptied as children are placed into permanent families within Rwanda.

What will I do on an Orphan Care PEACE Trip?

Orphan Care PEACE trips will train local churches in promoting adoption, assisting newly adoptive families, and training lay social workers within churches. We’ll teach you need to know, and help you or your family make a difference in ways you’ve always dreamed. Each trip is uniquely designed around the needs of the local church in Rwanda at the time of the trip, and the unique skills of the team traveling to Rwanda.

Do I have to be a professional?
No! We will provide all the training you need – simple tools and techniques for caring for orphans that you can pass on through the local churches in Rwanda.

Do I need to be a Saddleback Church member?
No, but attendance and participation are required at the multiple training sessions held at the Lake Forest, CA campus.

When can I go?
Trips are scheduled throughout the year, and the average trip is two weeks long. Let us know when you would like to go and we will get you connected to a trip and a trip leader.

How much does it cost?
The average trip costs approximately $3,500. We can show you how to raise support to help fund your trip.

For more information email

Volunteer with Orphan Care

You can make a difference serving with Orphan Care! We have many opportunities for you to get involved. If you have a heart to serve, we’re here to help you!

Here are just a few of the areas where we could use your skills:

  • Event planning and prep
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Office administration
  • Data management
  • Outreach & advocacy
  • Social media
  • Any other area you would like!

Email to get involved.

Thinking About Adoption


Are you considering fostering or adopting? You can’t make any decision without the facts. You can learn more about your options at our “Thinking About Adoption” seminar hosted the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm in the MO2 Gathering Room on the Lake Forest campus.

Come get accurate information, simple overviews, and your questions answered in a no-pressure, friendly environment. Hear ordinary people who have adopted share their experience. Learn God’s heart for adoption and simple ways to take your next step.

Find out more about the next meeting in the events calendar, or email for more info.

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