Our History

How It All Began - From Founder, Peter M.

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Our History - The Short Version

Romanian orphanage, 2003

Romanian orphanage, 2003

The start of Children's Aid International Relief and Development (CAIRD) was God's vision placed on the heart of CAIRD's founder, Peter M, in the early 1990's.

After he viewed first hand the pain and brokenness of children abandoned in Romanian orphanages, Peter knew that he had to commit his life to making a difference in the lives of these children 'one child at a time'.

CAIRD officially came into being in 1996, and in 1997 we received charitable status from Revenue Canada. That year Peter and his wife Haley moved to Romania for four months and began work in the city of Medias, Romania.

Initially, CAIRD worked in orphanages but we soon realized that this setting was not the best for the children. So, in December 1999, CAIRD opened our first "Father's House" which is a term CAIRD uses for an approved home for orphans. In 2016 the Trade Name: Father's House International (or FHI) was registered in Alberta, Canada.   

Today, all of Father's House children are living in Christian family homes with a mother and a father.


In 2004, CAIRD started work in South Africa in Bhekulwandle, near Durban, South Africa. South Africa is facing a major crisis due to the growing number of orphans created by the African AIDS epidemic. Many families here are single parent families, and when this parent becomes too ill to care for the children, the children are sent to live with relatives. If no relative is able to care for them, then they have nowhere to go. Many of these orphans have lost mothers, grandmothers, aunts and siblings to AIDS. CAIRD/Father's House International has stepped in to help these children find love and hope in a family who loves God and knows the One who is the ultimate healer and restorer.