Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has..
- Margaret Mead
After living in Russia for two years and seeing the plight of Russian orphans, several friends returned to the United States yearning to do more. This “yearning to help Russian orphans” united us together. Starting in 2002 we embarked on a mission do something more, engaging in successful fundraisers, talent showcases and cultural events – all in the name of improving the lives of Russian orphans.
Out of these efforts in 2004, as a more formalized organization, Yearn was born, based on the principle of what we yearn, we can achieve, no matter the circumstance. Yearn reflects our desire to never stop trying or giving back and wanting to instill that same passion in the orphans we are striving to help. Over the years we have since grown into a global, sustainable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
While we continue to raise funds for basic goods to give to orphanages in need, we also realize that alleviating the orphan plight entails much more than that and that the path to success is complex and holistic. Thus, our ultimate goal is to empower orphans with moral and life skills education, giving them the tools that will truly make a long-lasting difference in their lives. We believe that by so doing, the perpetual orphan cycle will slowly dissipate and generations will change.
To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.