Frequently Asked Questions

1. When was Morning Tears founded
Morning Tears was founded in 1998 in China by Koen Sevenants.

2. Are you a Chinese organisation?
We are both a Chinese and international not for profit organisation. Founded in China a large part of our programs are still in China and most staff there are Chinese. Morning Tears was founded by Koen Sevenants from Belgium and nowadays we have registrations and work in a number of other European and Asian countries.

3. Is Morning Tears an orphanage?
No, Morning Tears does not run orphanages. We provide direct care for children in model centres aimed at showing how quality care can be provided. Some of the children have lost both parents but many children still have at least one parent even though this parent often has been charged with a (life) long prison sentence.

4. There is no Morning Tears representative in my country. Who should I contact if I want to help?
Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

5. I work for a non-profit organization and I am keen to partner with Morning Tears. What is the easiest way to move forward on this?
We are always open to connect and cooperate with organizations who share the same principles and objectives as Morning Tears. Contact us for more information.

6. I want to volunteer, how can I help?
Have a look at our volunteer page.

7. I like to do volunteer work with children, is this possible with Morning Tears?
The majority of our volunteer work does not involve working with the children directly as we have professional caregivers and staff handling this. It is also important for us to help re-build consistency for the children in their disrupted lives. You can however help make a difference to our work. Have a look here.

8. I am a trained psychologist, can I assist?
Yes, we are very open to exploring how your expertise can benefit the work we do for children of imprisoned parents. Please contact us for more information.

9. Can I do an internship with Moring Tears?
Yes, all positions will be posted in our Employment section.

10. I would like to visit your projects, is this possible?
The well-being and care for the children is our primary objective and we want to give the children a life that feels as normal as possible. Project visits are possible but on a limited basis and always assessed on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.

11. Are there organisations from whom you do not accept support?
Yes, Morning Tears is a non-political and non-religious organization. Donations with the condition to endorse or support a religious or political organization in any way cannot be accepted. If in doubt, just send us an email and we will get back to you shortly.

12. What is the opinion of Morning Tears on the long prison sentences or the death penalty?
Morning Tears is a non-political organization and we do not hold an opinion on these matters. We never interfere in the justice system of the country we work in. The scope of our work is limited to the children of convicts, and not the convicts themselves or the justice system.