Global Helping to Advance Women and Children (GLOBAL HAWC) is a nonreligious, nonprofit education and humanitarian organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.  Global HAWC works at the international, national, and local levels advocating to advance the health and rights and well-being of women and children and their families.  We work to strengthen families worldwide and promote family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children through our Families for Orphans projects.

The Families for Orphans Program grew out of the experiences of many people who have visited developing countries and witnessed firsthand the bleak and often life-threatening conditions in which so many orphans are trapped. Some of these people are responding by personally adopting orphans into their own families. Others are directing financial support to specific orphanages or projects or are supporting individual orphans who are being cared for by families in their home countries.

All of them, no matter how they are now responding individually, are determined to do even more to deal with this exploding humanitarian crisis. One of these additional responses has been to organize the Families for Orphans Program.

The primary goal of our program is to inform others of the plight of these orphans and give those who are moved to help a secure, reliable and cost-effective means of doing so. While we provide traditional support for orphans, we are also developing innovative and even more efficient and cost-effective ways to deal with this crisis. In this effort we draw upon our extensive collective experience “on the ground” in the developing countries in which we are sponsoring projects, and we utilize our collective experience and contacts with government officials and with humanitarian agencies and researchers.

Thank you helping us give these orphans and vulnerable children the chance for a healthy, happy and productive life.


There are over 150 million orphans in the world.


Every 15 seconds another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa.