Partner Profile: Abide Family Center

Abide Family Center Partnership

We are proud to support Abide Family Center in Uganda as one of our charity partners. Abide empowers vulnerable families to keep their kids at home and out of orphanages. Co-founder, Megan Parker, shares more about the purpose and vision of Abide below.


Every day 5:00 eventually rolls around and at Abide Family Center we start packing up our bags and locking up the classrooms and saying our goodbyes.

At 5:00 the moms start trickling through the doors and the kids in our daycare start to notice. And then there’s running and jumping into arms and excited squealing. Like most kids around the world they missed their mamas- and like most mamas- they missed their babies.

This scene plays itself out every day all around the world in schools and daycares and babysitter’s houses, but every day it happens at Abide it holds a much more important meaning to us. Because at Abide these kids were almost in orphanages and these mamas almost stopped being mamas.

At Abide Family Center we receive referrals of parents who are in the process of putting their children in orphanages because they simply cannot care for them. We offer them another option. We come alongside them and give them the services they need to keep their babies at home. Through parenting classes, business and vocational training, free daycare, emergency housing, counseling, and medical care we help keep families together and children out of orphanages.

And it’s working.

Through our 93% success rate of keeping families together we are proving that poverty should never be the reason a child is raised by an orphanage instead of their family.

Families like Rachel and her daughter Sumi. Rachel was living with family and struggling to make ends meet. Her family was abusive towards her and her daughter. She felt trapped and didn’t know how to keep her daughter safe and be able to continuing supporting her. When she was referred to Abide we were able to move her and Sumi into our emergency housing and enroll Rachel in parenting, bible study, and business classes. Right now Rachel is working hard to start her own business, move out on her own, and start a new life with her daughter where she can mother her in a safe environment.

Abide Family Center Uganda
Rachel and her daughter, Sumi, at Abide Family Canter, Uganda.

This holiday season we are so excited to be partnering with Ornaments 4 Orphans to give you a unique way to support two great organizations and join us in our journey to support vulnerable children in holistic and family based ways.

When you sign up to host an ornament party you can indicate in the “additional comments” section that you would like a portion of the proceeds to go to Abide and then your ornament sales will specifically benefit Abide, Ornaments 4 Orphans, and the artisans they work with!

This Christmas give the gift of family! [and decorate your tree with some gorgeous fair trade ornaments too… it’s an all-around win!]

  • Megan Parker

Co-Founder and Director of Abide Family Center

We encourage you to visit Abide’s website and consider them in your charitable giving this Christmas season. And if you would like to specifically support Abide by hosting an Ornaments 4 Orphans event in their honor, sign up on our website.

This Woman Can

this woman can

This Woman Can:

1. Pay Her Rent

2. Feed Her Family

3. Afford Medicine

4. Send Her Children to School

Empowering Mothers Through Ornaments

Life is especially challenging for Ugandan widows. A widow without an education or family support can easily fall into poverty. In desperation she will likely take her children to an orphanage where she believes they will have better access to food and education. At Ornaments 4 Orphans we believe that no mother should feel the need to give up her children because she is poor.

Our Stuffed Animal Ornaments are made by a special group of Ugandan widows who joined together to create economic stability for their families.

Using their sewing skills, these ladies create products which empower them to provide for their children. Stable work makes a world of difference for mothers and children longing to stay together. Shop now!

stuffed animal ornament trio

The Importance of Orphan Prevention

Orphan Prevention

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”

Eleanor Roosevelt

The world is full of orphaned children, but there are millions more at risk of becoming orphans in the future. At Ornaments 4 Orphans we believe in going to the root of the Orphan Crisis to combat the circumstances that create the global orphan population. The majority of the world’s orphans live in poor communities where lack of opportunities creates instability, war, disease and family breakdown.

Ornaments 4 Orphans believes that no child should lose their family due to poverty. Our heart is Orphan Prevention by strengthening needy parents. This is why we use fair trade buying practices to create opportunities for men and women to escape poverty, protect their families and prevent loss.

Building in Uganda

In Uganda, a woman with a steady job is able to buy shelter, food and medicine for herself and her family. She protects herself against prostitution and exploitation. She buys a bed net which shields her toddlers from malaria. She enrolls her daughters in school. She keeps her family together and barricades herself from the dangers of poverty that put her life and the lives of her children at risk. We can keep children from becoming orphans by supplying a lifeline of opportunity to their parents.

Ugandan Mother at Work
These Ugandan women craft our Stuffed Animal Ornaments. The majority of these ladies are widows and single mothers. Their children are at greater risk of becoming orphaned or taken to an emergency orphanage. Decent work enables these mothers to keep their children and meet their needs. 

When you host an Ornament Party or purchase an #o4o product, you are supplying a layer of protection to vulnerable children and their parents. Join us in our mission of Orphan Prevention and help make the world more beautiful for others!