About Us

Our Mission

ONETrack International promotes proper orphan-care solutions by encouraging our Transition to Home approach to family reunification. We work to uphold, introduce and train globally-recognized international laws and standards that protect an orphaned child’s rights to be raised by biological relatives, or other suitable providers, within their communities of birth in situations where it is practical and appropriate.

We advocate and practice these principles at both the community and global levels by supporting and advising organizations that work with parentless and vulnerable children around the world.

Our Vision

A world in which all orphaned children have the opportunity to grow as a member of a family, receive proper educations and healthcare, as well as one in which orphanages and international adoption are reserved as an important function for those cases without other options.

 

Why We Do It


It is important to realize what the true problem of the Global Orphan Crisis is: It is not orphans- it is the mishandling of the response by the global community and the negligence of the commitment to finding real solutions to better serving orphaned children!

There are currently over 150-Million children worldwide who have been orphaned by a variety of tragic circumstances.

This is a sad statistic, but sadder still is that most of these children have been harmed by a second injustice- the overall response to the Global Orphan Crisis has been mismanaged and many of these children are unnecessarily suffering in overcrowded and under-resourced institutions- and many do not have to. At ONETrack we believe that the responses to this crisis need to be reassessed and better solutions need to be put in place!

That is why we work hard to promote the Transition to Home alternative that places parentless children in the homes of biological family members within their villages of birth (in cases where orphaned children still have surviving relatives)! We have proven this system as a successful practice in our projects in West Africa (through our CameroonONE programs) and have now expanded to introduce our approach to other communities across the globe by finding parentless children suitable homes and ensuring that they receive a proper education and appropriate health care.

While the children under the care of ONETrack International are directly impacted the work we do, the greater community benefits in a variety of ways. Our students are certainly direct beneficiaries and we are able impact their lives by providing a safe family home, an education, and proper healthcare, but we also have a direct impact within their host families (which are an average family size of 6) by providing caretaker support and reuniting them with their nieces and nephews. We impact the communities’ orphanages by alleviating them of unnecessary cases and relaxing their resource strain (which creates a better life for those still in their care). We provide funding for schools that would be otherwise unavailable and this impacts both the faculty as well as the other students. Our health initiatives prohibit outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, promote proper nutrition and hygiene, and we coordinate regular sport and exercise programs. Educating our children about healthy lifestyles is important- Studies repeatedly link good nutrition to learning readiness, academic achievement, and a decrease in emotional problems. Girls’ Education is more than just about getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls feel safe and learn while in school, complete all levels of education with the skills and competencies to secure jobs, make decisions about their own lives, and contribute to their communities and the world. Better educated women tend to be healthier than uneducated women, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children. All these factors combined can help lift households out of poverty.

Poverty remains the most important factor for determining whether a girl will access an education. ONETrack helps eliminate this barrier by providing the tools necessary to make sure that the girls in our communities can attend school despite financial obstacles, that they are safe both when at home and in school, and that they are included in conversations about their own upbringing!

 

What We Do

ONETrack International promotes proper orphan-care solutions by encouraging our Transition to Home approach to family reunification. We work to uphold, introduce and train globally-recognized international laws and standards that protect an orphaned child’s rights to be raised by biological relatives, or other suitable providers, within their communities of birth in situations where it is practical and appropriate.

We advocate and practice these principles at both the community and global levels by supporting and advising organizations that work with parentless and vulnerable children around the world.

The ONETrack International team has ten-years of experience in alternative orphan-care techniques, having initially proven our approach a success with our groundbreaking CameroonONE In-Home Sponsorship projects. Through ONETrack International, our new global child advocacy project, we are able to share the CameroonONE-solution to parentless children in different communities around the globe by creating new programs and supporting the ongoing operations of organizations that already practice the Transition to Home methods of family-preservation and reintegration. We have also begun advising community-based organizations on international laws and standards as well as on contemporary and innovative orphan-care methods.

At the village-level, ONETrack will continue to provide for orphaned children by removing them from their overcrowded and under-resourced orphanages and placing them in the households of biological family members (and providing for all their education, health needs and caretaker support) and in a conflict context, we will be providing for separated children by keeping the remaining family members together and removing them from collective institutions (such as refugee camps) to private homes.

The CameroonONE In-Home Sponsorship program had been designed to support both an orphaned child as well as his or her surviving relatives with the goal of keeping families together while relieving the orphan communes of unnecessary cases. The children in our In-Home Sponsorship program are placed in the existing households of their extended family members, who partner with CameroonONE by taking on the parental responsibilities of a niece or nephew. Families do so on a conditional basis and each household receives school fees, medical assistance, school supplies, uniforms, text books, shoes, as well as rice, seeds, cooking oil and other essentials of daily life. Host families that accept this responsibility do so with the full understanding that it will be conditional and made available only as certain requirements of the child’s rearing are met. These stipulations include that the child attend a decent school and maintain certain expectations in their evaluations, and that he or she is fully vaccinated and receives whatever healthcare that may be specific to their personal needs.

At ONETrack International we realize that the CameroonONE-model will not be the correct solution for every community; therefore, learning from and working with the community is the most important component of our strategy. By international laws and standards, orphaned children are supposed to be reunited with family members. If there are no family members capable of raising them, then they should be placed within willing homes within their community of birth. In the event that all these options are exhausted, then (and only then) should international adoption become an option. That said, these standards are routinely ignored or flouted around the world. ONETrack’s mission is to promote these expectations of international law; we recognize the reasons why they initially became standards- to keep the family together and strengthen the ties of community, to maintain cultural traditions and a bond between the citizen and one’s heritage, and to protect villages from losing future generations and the benefits of their creativity and productivity. Orphanages serve an important purpose for the parentless children of this world, but they should be reserved for the worst cases- a space for those without other options.

The gap that ONETrack addresses is to relieve these orphanages of the children who do not belong in them, while simultaneously reuniting the family by placing children in the households of surviving family members and ensuring their educations and healthy lives. ONETrack assumes the role of foster care in regions that does not have the systems in place to care for all of the parentless children- when appropriate. In other regions where reintegration is difficult, we commit to group families with multiple orphans, and we will begin experimenting with orphan-prevention in the coming years so the children at-risk of being removed from family members for economic reasons can be spared institutional life. This all involves an intimate relationship and mutual trust with the communities with work for and serve.

 

 

Who We Are

Meet the men and women around the world who operate on the behalf of OneTrack International.

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Where We Work

What originally started as a project in Cameroon via CameroonONE, the Transition-to-Home orphan care initiative is now being used in several countries around the world.

It takes a global village to ensure all orphaned children have the opportunity to grow as a member of a family, receive proper education and healthcare.

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Our Philosophy

 

Reunification

Reunification is the process in which orphaned or abandoned children are reintroduced into the home and community of their family of origin.

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Transition-to-Home Philosophy

ONETrack International is dedicated to the transitioning of orphaned children from over-crowed and under-resourced institutionalized care back into family environments.

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The Benefits of Caretaker Support

Our In-Home Child Sponsorship program is designed to support both an orphaned child as well as his or her surviving relatives.

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