Help Village of Hope Today
Last year a large group of my friends from NYU traveled to Morocco to work with Village of Hope. Founded in 1957, Village of Hope is comprised of foreign workers who choose to move to Morocco to serve orphans rather than adopting the children and taking them from their home country.
On Monday, March 8, the authorities came to Village of Hope and told the 21 orphanage workers that they had to leave the country immediately. Forced from their homes, they were put on a bus and taken from their children.
While the workers could not formally adopt the children, they had completed all paperwork and were legally recognized Christian foster parents. They have been deported for allegedly proselytizing.
This is only one action in a series of events taking place against foreigners this week in Morocco. Another nearby orphanage is also being questioned. After their parents are deported, the orphans either face street life or a mega-orphanage run by the state. And so the 31 children of Village of Hope have the tragic distinction of having lost their parents twice.
**UPDATE**4:25 CST Wednesday (thank you Laura Z.)
What you can do:
1) The organization is trying to raise awareness, with hopes that international pressure will allow them to rejoin their children. Join their Facebook group: Save Village of Hope. There you will find reports from a number of other news sources. You should also see the organization’s website.
3) If you have faith of some kind, please pray for the children, their parents, and the other orphanages and foreign laborers working in Morocco to prevent homelessness, trafficking, abuse and despair. Pray also for the Moroccan authorities and citizens, who have more power than anyone in this matter, and for Moroccan children’s organizations.
3) If you have any connections to politicians, the media, etc., please contact the appropriate name listed on the family’s official statement.
Please feel free to forward this article to anyone you know. The same rule applies for the group’s Facebook page.
Lastly, I’d like to say how grateful I am for the men and women I went to school with who have worked tirelessly in the last day to get this message out. I consider it a privilege to write about this issue, and to call you friends. So thank you.
Let’s get started!