The deepest need of any human being is the need to be loved.
As Mother Teresa said, "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is truly the most terrible poverty."
In the world today there are millions of vulnerable and marginalized children. Their deepest, most heartfelt need is to be loved, welcomed into family and community, and encouraged to be all that God made them to be. Yet this is perhaps the hardest need of all to meet, because love cannot be bought or traded, pressured or forced. It can only be offered freely.
Today, the populations of many Non-Western countries are disproportionately young (under 30 years old) - up to 70% in some nations. What others see as a problem, we see as an opportunity. Throughout history, young people have been at the forefront of every movement for change.
We equip compassionate young Christians around the world to walk alongside those who walk alone: to love, welcome and encourage the most vulnerable children in their own communities.
Alongsiders International catalyzes these discipleship movements through partnerships with church networks in each country. In this way, thousands of children around the world have discovered their value through the love of their Alongsider and the local church.
There is an ancient Khmer proverb, "Only a spider can repair his own web." We believe the answers to each nation's brokenness particularly lie within that nation, with the people themselves.
We are now seeing a movement of one generation transforming the next, and many of the first “little brothers and sisters” have now grown up and become Alongsiders as well as leaders in their churches and communities.