A home, a loving family, a education
Our mission is to support, enable and empower at-risk orphaned children to become self-reliant adults.
Orphaned children in developing nations are some of the world’s most at-risk people. They are susceptible to disease, illness, poverty and exploitation.
Through our unique model we provide the necessary support for orphaned children to become self-reliant adults.
We’re non-profit and non-denominational and take children of any race, gender and physical or mental ability.
Our story is a deeply personal one. It started with one man and a life-changing trip he took to Ethiopia twelve years ago.
As many of you already know, this man is Geoff Hucker, BTO founder and Managing Director.
During that first fateful trip, Geoff became increasingly saddened and horrified at the plight of orphans in Ethiopia. Many were homeless, sick and experiencing institutional abuse. As an international pilot that had travelled the world, and a father to a teenage son, Geoff struggled to comprehend the extreme hardships facing these children.
Over the next year, Geoff returned to Ethiopia many times, slowly building his understanding of the complex issues facing the country’s orphans, as well as best-practice models recommended by leading international child welfare experts.
Geoff’s burning desire to make a difference, and growing body of knowledge, soon synergised into a practical solution – a kinship model of care. In 2007, Beyond The Orphanage was borne.
With ten years of hard work under our belt, Beyond The Orphanage have helped over 1,000 Ethiopian children and expanded our program to Nepal and Kenya.
We’ve been lucky enough to watch many of the children in our program grow into young adults now enjoying university, vocational training or employment. These are remarkable transformations, given less than a decade ago these children were without a home and education.
Despite his busy schedule as a pilot, Geoff continues to commit every spare moment to running the organisation. His aim is to help another 1,000 children over the next decade.