Who we are:
Graceworks is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization based in Orange County, California. The mission of Graceworks is to help break the cycle of poverty and despair for orphans and vulnerable children by providing broad-based support and educational opportunities. Our goal is to promote self-sufficient individuals and sustainable communities.
Every family faces a crisis of one kind or other during their lifetime. Fortunately, most families are able to weather the storm using available resources within themselves, their families or their communities. However, there are certain instances where the crisis leaves families devastated and unable to cope especially when it involves the death, absence or incapacity of a parent with young children. In such cases, the children are often the most vulnerable victims.
Graceworks has programs in Orange County California and in Kenya Africa that help children and families in crisis due to parental illness, death, incapacity or absence.
Why does Graceworks help HIV/AIDS Orphans and other vulnerable children in rural Kenya?
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has destroyed millions of families around the globe leaving many children orphaned and in crisis. The majority of these are in Sub-Saharan Africa where over 14 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In Kenya alone, there are an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS orphans. The effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic coupled with poverty have particularly devastated children in rural communities as they are less likely to benefit from many assistance programs due to lack of accessibility. Rural families have therefore had to rely more heavily on extended family and kinship support. Unfortunately, the pandemic generates orphans so rapidly that those traditional safety-net structures are no longer able to cope. As a result, many affected children find themselves in desperate situations, usually with no one able to provide adequate care for them, leaving them with little chance for a hopeful future. Graceworks assists such children, giving them hope and changing their lives.