Improving the quality of life of underprivileged children in children’s homes in developing countries. We also support them when they have to leave these homes at 18 years of age without having a safety net to fall back on.
The children have a difficult life due to poverty, illness, disability, neglect, and living with a headwind. By developing countries, we mean countries where there is no government support for these homes and little chance for fundraising locally. Our country of focus is Nepal.
The Foundation finances measures that make these homes cleaner, healthier, and/or (socially) safer places to grow up in and gives scholarships to home leavers who are all alone. 4 Smiling Faces does this in the belief that all children deserve to grow up in healthy and positive circumstances.
We make no distinction based on religion, belief, political opinion, race, colour, nationality, gender, (sexual) orientation, handicap, state of health or marital status. Only this way children can grow into independent and positive adults that in any way, shape or form make a constructive contribution to society.
The projects are carefully chosen at all times and in close consultation with the homes in question. This is done on the basis of equality and with respect for everyone’s input. Where desirable and possible, we work together with other, like-minded people and organizations.
For all the children we focus on, it is true that their lives would have been a lot more difficult, dramatic, unhealthy, and especially unsafe if they hadn’t ended up in a children’s home. Because in spite of all the constraints of life in a children’s home, there at least the kids are taken care of as best as possible. That’s more than many other children in Nepal can say: many children live on the streets or are neglected at home.
When I ask children in a children’s home what they want the most, they all say the same: “to be with mom and dad!” Regardless of whether they actually have parents and/or if they are in the picture. Usually, they call their fellow residents their brothers and sisters to indicate that they feel safe and secure in the children’s home. “We are not sad because we live in a children’s home; with so many brothers and sisters it’s nice and cozy “. I consider it a privilege to work for these children’s homes!
4 Smiling Faces contributes to the realization of the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals). These are seventeen goals to make the world a better place by 2030. The SDGs have been agreed upon by the members countries of the United Nations (UN), including the Netherlands. With our activities, we work on these SDGs:
Our dream is that all children from our homes can continue to learn and/or study after high school if they want to. This goes specifically for children who have to leave their homes because they are 18 years of age and/or have passed their final exams and have no safety net what so ever which they can fall back for (financial) assistance with their further education.
4 Smiling Faces is convinced that only further education can break the circle of poverty. Because then the children can determine their own future, make their own choices and build an independent life. That is what we want for them.