Helping Orphans Who “Age-Out”.

Deut. 10:18 He ensures protection of orphans and widows. He shows love to the temporary resident by giving them food and clothing.

One of the world’s greatest social tragedies today is that of orphaned, abandoned or seriously disadvantaged youth aging out of state welfare child custody services. This problem exists in many countries around the world and is especially acute in Colombia due in large part to its recent unsettled history.

Very recently (Jan 2014), Sparrow opened it’s first “safe house”!  Although more modest in size and approach than what we originally envisioned, this safe house will immediately house 5-6 girls that were imminently at risk and now provide them a safe and loving place to call home while they continue their life project towards spiritual, vocational and educational growth and achievement.  This will also allow the Sparrow ministry team and support providers to get this first and long awaited project off the ground while providing the opportunity to grow relationships and operations more slowly and surely.

In the future, Sparrow plans to purchase a house, if God is willing, which will accommodate 15 to 25 young women between the ages of 18-21 years.  These women can remain for 2-5 years depending upon education requirements and work opportunities.  While a few of the residents will attend university, most will attend technical schools, completing their training/education in 2 years.  The house is intended to help meet the young women’s physical, mental and spiritual needs.  It will provide a setting where they can transition from institutional living to being responsible and contributing members of Colombian society. We intend the house will have Christian house parents to serve as both mentors and role models in this transition process.  The residents will have house jobs to do and rules to follow.  This too is part of the learning process.

We estimate that the purchase and refurbishment of a house will cost approximately $200,000 U.S.  Annual operations and maintenance will cost up to an additional $150,000; however, we hope that Christian volunteer help will reduce this cost.  While we are still in due diligence and study phase, our goal is to have the safe house operational and occupied in 2012.  Due to the great need, Sparrow’s future plans are to establish and maintain additional safe-houses for aged out youth (boys and girls) in Bogota and elsewhere in Colombia over the next few years.  These plans also include providing associated accommodations for visiting ministry teams and for couples wishing to adopt Colombian orphans.

Your support of this ministry in any way is greatly appreciated!

– For more information contact Dave.Beach@SparrowIntl.org

Focus on Colombia

Orphan Facts:

  • Each year 14,505,000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen.
  • Each day 38,493 orphans age out.
  • Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
  • Studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen.
  • These studies also show that 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.


Stories about Safe Houses.