Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type





The following examines the role of development practices in orphan care, particularly the role that financial services and sustainable agriculture have in providing support for older orphans. This investigation broadly outlines the options available to young adults who do not have parents. Examples from various organizations demonstrate development techniques used to target this particular population (those who are "aging out", so to speak, of traditional orphan care programs such as orphanages, feeding programs, or sponsorship programs). The author concludes that development strategies targeting adolescents should collaborate to create holistic measures that will intentionally target orphans as they transition into adulthood. In particular, stakeholders must focus on increasing educational, agricultural, financial, psychosocial, and vocational capacities in orphans.