morning tears started in 1998 in China. Four Chinese judges realized that when they send parents to prison, there are children who are left behind. They constructed four homes for these children, but they did not have money to keep the centres open. The last centre was about to close down when Belgian Koen Sevenants came across it and decided to put his shoulders under it. morning tears first formally registered in China and Belgium. Since then morning tears started to grow not only inside China but also in both other developing and developed nations. Today morning tears is active in 13 countries. Also the range of activities has continued to steadily expand.
morning tears has been honored with several awards for its innovative work. Among these is the "Chinese charity award" the country's most prestigious award issued by the Chinese Central Government every five years for an NGO that does outstanding work.
morning tears has the ambition to put the pain of children whose parents are in prison on the global agenda.