The inaugural Hillier Ignite Youth Award was presented to ORPHANetwork, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating better standards for orphan care in developing countries, particularly in the country of Nicaragua, the poorest Spanish speaking country in the world. In 2013 alone, ORPHANetwork impacted the standards of living for over 15,000 children and worked with 118 Local Church Initiatives. In addition to the $25,000 unrestricted grant for the Hillier Ignite Youth Award, Hillier Ignite provided an additional grant of $75,000 to ORPHANetwork to further support its work in the upcoming year.
“I have seen with my own eyes the dreams and desire of the children cared for by ORPHANetwork, and the second chance in life that is being provided,” said Luke Hillier, Founder and President of Hillier Ignite. “In addition to helping to provide for their basic needs we are particularly gratified by the work we are doing with ORPHANetwork to provide core job skills and information that will ease their transition to a productive, independent life and the economic freedom afforded by a good, forward looking job.”
“We have dedicated our mission to these abandoned and orphaned children, seeing that they receive both personal care and encouragement toward opportunity,” said Dick Anderson, Executive Director of ORPHANetwork. “In a country where 1 in 3 children suffer from a degree of malnutrition and on average complete fewer than 5 years of schooling, we are changing the future of Nicaraguan children. We are honored by this designation from Hillier Ignite, an important partner that is dedicated to the enormous potential of youth.”
We’ve written about ORPHANetwork before, first about the four transcendent days Luke and the Hillier Ignite team spent in Hogar De Fe, ORPHANetwork’s previous trip to Hogar De Fe as filmed by WAVY-TV, a video and interview with residents of Hogar De Fe, and a guest post from ORPHANetwork about their partnership with Luke and Hillier Ignite.