Human Services

Lighthouse of Hope Mk Inc



Our vision is to provide care for abused, abandoned and neglected children, infants, and their families as a path to healing and wholeness.

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Jennifer Naskov

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Orphans, Special Needs





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homes for Children & Adolescents (P76)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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What we aim to solve

As part of the process to be accepted into the European Union, the country of North Macedonia is deinstitutionalizing orphanages, mental institutions, and other similar facilities that house children. Lighthouse of Hope MK aims to come alongside the government, as they open safe and loving homes for the children coming out of institutions. Because fostering and group homes are a relatively new concept in North Macedonia, we are able to provide support, education, and encouragement to foster and adoptive families. Additionally, Lighthouse of Hope MK is planning to open our first family-style, small group home (The JOY Home) in 2020.

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Group Homes for Orphans

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Lighthouse of Hope MK aims to bring security and wholeness into the lives of orphans living in North Macedonia through the opening and operation of family-style group homes. In line with the goal to provide a higher quality of life to children from traumatic backgrounds, Lighthouse of Hope MK also aims to provide training, resources, encouragement, and question-and-answer support to foster families, those working through the adoption process, and families in the waiting period leading up to adoption.

Lighthouse of Hope MK is completely donations-based and uses these donations to fund projects that work towards the ultimate goal of having several fully-functional, family-style group homes. To make this happen, Lighthouse works with the Ministry of Social Policy to follow regulations and support the systems already being put in place for the placement of vulnerable children all across the country. By opening privately run group homes, Lighthouse will be able to care for children and give them security and healing with little to no financial burden to the Ministry of Social Policy of North Macedonia.

Lighthouse of Hope MK’s capacity and capabilities are perfect for the task at hand. All of the key members of the board and staff live and work in North Macedonia, giving them a diverse understanding of the people and culture. Lighthouse of Hope MK also values sustainable development and plans to implement ideals of this movement by thinking of the global impact and necessity for global support, while acting on a more local scale and working with other non-profit organizations, governmental ministries, and group homes located within North Macedonia.

The indicators for progress on projects like this are relatively obvious. There are several milestones Lighthouse of Hope MK has already achieved and many ahead that will indicate that there is progress being made. Some examples of these milestones are: beginning work in the (now closed) local orphanage, becoming a certified NGO in North Macedonia, and purchasing the group home. As time goes on progress will be continuously tracked via milestones, financial logs, and records of significant events.

Lighthouse of Hope MK has made great accomplishments in their work with vulnerable children since it’s birth in 2017. In the beginning stages, Lighthouse worked with the local orphanage directly, implementing therapy programs for the special needs children living in the institution in Bitola, North Macedonia; building a sensory room; donating washbasins, formula, and cribs; and partnering with other organizations to bring in teams to help with renovation and painting of various rooms within the orphanage. In 2019, Lighthouse of Hope MK purchased its first group home located in Bitola, North Macedonia and began renovations. Currently, we are in the final stages of preparing it to accept children and training the first pair of group home parents, who will be responsible for caring for the children during the day. The next steps are to repair the water pump at the home, complete inspections and certification with the Ministry of Social Policy,, and begin receiving children.

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