Back2Back's international orphan care work is made possible through a personal mission trip experience, in which a participant sees the need first-hand and then chooses to take a stand and contribute on behalf of the orphan. In sites such as India, the distance to travel and the associated travel costs is much greater. As a result, fewer supporters are connected to our important work there. This project is intended to help close the gap between what is received and what is needed for 2013 as we provide holistic care to over 600 orphans in Hyderabad, India.
Back2Back's Holistic Orphan Care Model
In an effort to continue to encourage orphaned children to reach sustainability, we developed an orphan care approach that seeks to meet the needs of the whole child. Back2Back’s Child Development Model centers around providing deep, holistic care to each child we serve. Simply providing for a child’s physical needs isn’t enough. By providing holistic care, rather than merely meeting immediate external needs, we can truly help orphaned children to experience complete restoration. With that in mind, the Back2Back Child Development Model was created, an approach to orphan care ministry that addresses five crucial areas of child development.
To Back2Back, providing care goes beyond simply meeting the physical needs of a child. It means helping each child understand the love and protection of their heavenly Father. Through opportunities for spiritual growth, such as discipleship and Bible study, we empower each child to not only discover their tremendous significance as an individual, but to also realize their unique purpose in the grand story that God is writing. Back2Back is centered on relationship by serving the “least of these”. We strongly desire and pray that each child and family we serve come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. As we focus on serving and building lasting relationships, we use that as a platform to share God’s love and His desire for us to know and be known by Him. However, we realize that faith is a personal choice that each individual must make for themselves. Regardless of their faith, we serve all children and do not require any child to adhere to Christian faith in order to receive our services.
Back2Back partners with children’s homes to improve the quality of care for the children. We help to meet basic needs, such as regular medical and dental care, nutritious meals, warm clothing, clean water and safe shelter. By providing practical assistance and resources, we ensure each child has an opportunity to truly thrive.
Back2Back believes that education is paramount. Without it, orphan children often end up in black market trades, such as drug-trafficking and prostitution. However, when children have access to education, they are significantly more likely to become self-sustaining individuals who give back to their community. To see this goal realized, we provide each child with the tools they need to succeed. Through an emphasis on education, we invest in the future of each child, enabling them to reach their academic goals so that they might ultimately break free from the cycle of poverty.
Many of the children who we serve suffer from psychological issues as a result of past abuse and neglect. By living alongside them, we gain their trust and begin a dialogue of recovery. We address these issues, such as anxiety, depression and attachment disorders, by offering opportunities for children to seek healing through counseling. Our goal is that each child would be restored to emotional wholeness.
Back2Back addresses the need for positive social interaction. We encourage each child to pursue personal growth by offering training in vital life skills, such as conflict resolution, family values, stewardship, work ethic, independent living skills and interpersonal communication. By mentoring children in these areas, we help them to flourish relationally.