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Movements of Christians across Europe are already transforming the lives of 10s of thousands of children and families. The European Facilitation Team supports the start and development of these movements for children to remain, regain or find a permanent nurturing family.
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Upcoming Events

You are invited to participate in an online roundtable event for a Europe Without Orphans. 

With coronavirus making our planned face-to-face event in Croatia a growing challenge, we have decided to turn this into an opportunity to gather MORE people passionate about a Europe without orphans! How is this possible? Working with experts who specialize in online conferencing we are in the process of turning our gathering into a virtual one! The Europe Without Orphans gathering will now be ONLINE from the 24th till 26th March 2020 and we hope you will join us! 

We will be exploring questions such as: 

  • What is the Biblical foundation for calling the church to commit to work for a world where orphans and vulnerable children are raised in families, not institutions?
  • What are the practical steps needed to establish and develop a ‘without orphans’ movement in your country?
  • How can we engage the church and church leaders into co-labouring with us for this Gospel work?
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Europe is a continent with a population of 741 million. 666 per 100,000 of the population of central and eastern Europe and the countries of the former USSR are children living in residential care – orphanages and other institutional settings. In this region there are an estimated 7.3 million orphans. This is the highest rate globally. In the industrialised west, the number of children in residential care is 192 per 100,000 population.

Ukraine Without Orphans was the country where WWO started and has seen an incredible impact on drawing churches together to pray and in finding homes for orphans who previously were placed in orphanages.

In the United Kingdom, Home for Good is a movement to find a home for every child who needs one that is successfully mobilising the church to provide adopted and foster homes for children in state care. After 5 years, it is already an organisation respected by other bodies and government, with an influence on how families are supported and children provided for. 

These are just two examples of European countries where Christians have come together to see vulnerable children stay in or find a family, and we have now created a plan to activate and connect with leaders across Europe and equip them to join us in our vision for a world without orphans. 

As part of the WWO global goals, we aim to engage 6 leaders in each of 20 European countries and help 60,000 children across Europe, starting with roundtable events and discussions, leading to practical support and training. 

Below you can find news and events about Europe as the work develops.

To support our work in Europe, 

Donate now

Or contact our Lead Coordinator, Richard Procter at Europe@worldwithoutorphans.org or +44 7880 707083. 

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Richard Procter serves as Leading Coordinator for the Europe Without Orphans Facilitation Team. He is the adoptive father of two daughters and was involved in shaping the Home for Good national initiative in UK from its inception. Working in the past in Ukraine and Kazakhstan and also speaking Russian, he has rich experience in cross cultural communication and leadership. An important part of his passion and work is to support people of different nations with a spirit of fatherhood.

Europe News

Develop Your ‘Children in Families’ Vision

Posted on 2020-03-23
Invitations are now open to groups of 3 or more people from individual countries in Europe and the Middle East to a World Without Orphans roundtable event in March 2020.
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Some think we’re heroes, others that we’re fools

Posted on 2020-03-11
Anton Putilin is not your average 28-year-old. Husband, Father of 5 (including four adopted daughters), non-profit founder and now on the leadership team of Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans, Anton is a man on mission.  
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Growing Vision in Poland

First Poland Meeting – Warsaw, 9th January 2020
Posted on 2020-02-24
The start of a new decade saw a small group of 14 people meeting in Warsaw to share stories and explore how to engage the church for orphans and vulnerable children across Poland.
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A National Movement for Family Ministry in Spain

Posted on 2020-02-24
Family focus for the Spanish protestant churches. Representatives of WWO Europe were privileged to take part in ‘min19’, a ground-breaking congress for families, held in Madrid in November 2019. Under the leadership of Javier Martin from the Grain of Wheat ministry, min19 aims to change family ministry across the country and strengthen families to disciple children, and the church to disciple children.
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Roundtable Meeting for South East Europe held in Zagreb, Croatia

Posted on 2020-02-24
Leaders from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, and Bulgaria met in January in Zagreb, Croatia for the first South East Europe (SEE) roundtable event, hosted in partnership between WWO Europe and Orphan’s Promise. Leaders gathered to share experiences of their work with orphans and vulnerable children in their own countries and to talk strategy in the boarder ‘without orphans’ context. 
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