Strength of Faith: Evaluating the Advantages of Christian-based Organizations in Aiding Orphans and Vulnerable Youth
AuthorCarral, Jonathan L.
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This literature review explores the role of Christian faith-based organizations in aiding orphans and vulnerable youth around the world. Christian organizations have a large presence in providing humanitarian services and are strategically positioned to impact the adverse conditions of orphans and other vulnerable youth. Therefore, the primary question being addressing in this research is what are the advantages of Christian faith-based organizations in aiding orphans and vulnerable youth? In answering this question, this thesis focuses on three distinct advantages: 1) moral standing within the community, 2) stimulation of positive identities, and 3) logistical advantages that include continued operation under budget shortfalls, assimilation to cultural norms, and use of social capital to facilitate projects and distribute services. In addition, this thesis briefly reviews three fundamental weaknesses of Christian faith-based organizations. Evaluating the advantages of Christian organizations in the rehabilitation of vulnerable children identifies contributions these organizations can make beyond their secular counterparts in providing humanitarian services. Highlighting these qualities illustrates how Christian faith-based organizations along with other organizations and governments alike can work together to better meet the needs of the orphaned and vulnerable youth population.