Training & mentoring those who care for abandoned and abused children

The KEY to healthy kids is healthy caregivers!!

OUR  NICHE: We specialize in training caregivers and leaders. We bring people together to design healthier environments for abused and abandoned kids.  Instead of warehousing children, we work with caregivers to create a family atmosphere so that orphans and street kids have a fighting chance at life!

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Practical ways to help abandoned & abused children

YES – you really CAN make a difference!!

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

You can help abandoned children

  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Training Caregivers
  • Develop Our Team
  • Change the Paradigm

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My life path was about to change

We left before dawn. A few hours earlier a couple Irish journalists invited me to ride with them into the Carpathian mountains of Romania. It was early 1990. They were doing a story on orphans and adoptions (and how ‘baby-selling’ was becoming a flourishing business). Romania was just awakening after decades under Soviet control.

It was a rutted, dangerous road. No street-lights of any sort. The four of us communicated in a mix of languages:  Romanian, French, German and English. The taxi driver slammed on his brakes:  “Aici”- he shouted!  “Ici” – I confirmed in French.  “Da”-he nodded. We were ‘here’. We slithered out of the taxi. It was cold…. And damp. And dark.

We started our way over a hilly, rough meadow towards a small village, lit by the morning outdoor cooking fires. We were about a 10 minute walk away from the first campground.

Little did I know my life path was about to change.

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Latest News

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Why Lightshine?

Providing Training, Tools, and Service to People and Institutions Caring for Orphans.

In every culture and country, children are orphaned and abandoned.  They struggle to survive in environments that are harsh and lonely.  Most are abused physically and emotionally.  Many are sold, or used, sexually.  Abandoned children are stunted in their emotional and mental growth.  They struggle to learn.  Deserted and destitute, abandoned children languish, unable form healthy relationships.

Abandoned children who grow up in institutional-type orphanages develop severe disabilities such as attachment disorder (they respond inappropriately to social cues and interactions).  They suffer from developmental delay, among many other essential functions.  All these disabilities impair how they will live as independent adults, making them prone to end up as victims of abuse, exploitation (slavery) and human trafficking.

Lightshine focuses on saving abandoned children in Latin America.  We are training those who oversee orphanages, also providing resources for psychologists and therapists responsible for the treatment of the emotional disorders of institutionalized children.  Lightshine’s vision is unique!  We bring people together to design healthier environments for orphans.  Instead of warehousing children, we work with caregivers to create a family atmosphere so that orphans and street kids have a fighting chance at life!   We specialize in providing training, tools, and insights to people and institutions who care for orphans…. Especially for those children who are in the care of governments.

Children that are born normal, but grow up in institutional-type orphanages, develop severe disabilities such as attachment disorder (they respond inappropriately to social cues and interactions) and developmental delay among many other essential functions.  All these disabilities impair how they live as independent adults and make them prone to end up victims of abuse, exploitation (slavery) and human trafficking. This training will optimize how these workers care for these children so they may have the best possible future out of a very challenging past.”  ~Rafael Gonzalez-Vizoso, MD (Harvard) – Chairman of the Board (2017-2018), Lightshine 

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2020 Donation Causes

Honduras

$1,100 of $23,000 raised

TRAIN CAREGIVERS & FOSTER PARENTS
Out of 9 million, there are 150,000 orphans. Working through our local team, Jose & Karla, we will train foster parents. Help us bring abandoned kids off the streets into loving homes.

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Donation Total: $1.00

Mexico

$1,000 of $47,000 raised

“ADOPT” AN ORPHANAGE IN MEXICO
Our goal for 2019 is to pair up churches, businesses and families to provide monthly support for orphanages in Baja. Help us pair ONE orphanage with ONE caring donor EACH month!

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Donation Total: $1.00