Who We Are

Dreams for Orphans is a Seattle based 501(c)3, and NGO in Ghana working to provide safe environments and educational opportunities for those that need them most. We support infants and children who have been abandoned or abused. Over the last five years we've helped hundreds of orphans live a better life, by helping directly change their living and learning conditions.


  • Our History

    In 2006, Dreams for Orphans founder Kary Doerfler formed a connection with children's relief work in Accra , Ghana on a trip to Africa as an airline flight attendant. Doerfler immediately knew she wanted to help and began bringing supplies to the with each return flight. As she delivered clothing, bedding, medicines and other items to better the environment for the children, she realized the much greater needs. She wanted to find a way to help contribute to the children’s long term success – by combating the high illiteracy rates and providing educational opportunities. Back home in Seattle, WA, Doerfler enlisted the help of two elementary teachers, Paola Womac and Libby Rain, to travel with her and help provide supplemental language, reading and math programs for the children. As time went on they saw the positive impact of their trips. The three realized there was much more that they could do for the orphans in Ghana and around the world, but these efforts would require organizing a community to support their dreams. Dreams for Orphans was established as a non-profit in early 2010 and immediately began raising funds and organizing initiatives to benefit the vulnerable infants left to the social welfare system.
  • Our Dream

    Our mission is to give hope to orphans in developing countries through education and a safe environment. Dreams for Orphans is currently working to improve living conditions for orphans in Accra, Ghana and provide a warm, nurturing environment. Dreams for Orphans cares for infants and children who have been abandoned, abused or whose mothers are incarcerated, require long-term hospitalization or are suffering from HIV/AIDS.
  • Our Logo

    Our logo is inspired by the symbol of love, safety and security. The home to the Akan, a West African people, is a special place. A home which has a fence around it is considered to be an ideal residence. The fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside. Because of the security and the protection that a fence affords, the symbol is also associated with the security and safety one finds in love.