Orphans NOW! - Orphan & Child Relief

TABLE 1: HIGHLY VULNERABLE CHILDREN:

A GLOBAL PROFILE

Indicators of vulnerability in children

Year

Percent

Number

Coverage

*

Population

Total Population

2010

100%

6,908,688,400

Global

1a

Population children (aged 0%uFFFD17)

2010

32.2%

2,225,844,700

Global

Poverty

Children living in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 per day) (aged 0%uFFFD14)

2005

25.2%

428,124,385

Developing countries

3

Children living in ultra poverty (less than $0.50 per day) (aged 0%uFFFD14)

2004

3.1%

50,477,548

Developing countries

Lack of food and nutrition

Children who are stunted (aged 0%uFFFD4)

2008

34.0%

213,191,832

Global

5

Children who are underweight according to World HealthOrganization reference pop. (aged 0%uFFFD4)

2008

23.0%

144,218,004

Global

6

Children who are wasted (aged 0%uFFFD4)

2008

13.0%

81,514,524

Global

Lack of access to health care and/or at risk due to health threat

Children who die before age 1

2008

4.5%

6,130,845

Global

9

Children who die before age 5

2008

6.5%

8,772,000

Global

10

Children living with HIV (aged 0%uFFFD14)

2008

0.1%

2,100,000

Global

Orphans

Children who have lost one or both parents due to all causes (aged 0%uFFFD17)

2008

7.3%

163,000,000

Global

18a

Children whose mother has died due to any cause (aged 0%uFFFD17)

2008

2.5%

55,300,000

Global

18b

Children whose father has died due to any cause (aged 0%uFFFD17)

2008

5.7%

126,000,000

Global

18c

Children both of whose parents have died due to any cause(aged 0%uFFFD17)

2008

0.8%

18,300,000

Global

18d

Children who have lost one or both parents due to AIDS (aged 0%uFFFD17)

2008

0.8%

17,500,000

Children outside of family care

Children in institutional care (aged 0-17)

2006

0.1%

2,000,000

Global, excluding West and CentralAfrica and South Asia

Child labor

Child laborers (aged 5-17)

2004

13.9%

217,700,000

Global

26

Children in hazardous work, excluding children in unconditional worst forms of labor (aged 5-17)

2004

8.1%

126,300,000

Global

27

Children in unconditional worst forms of labor (aged 5%uFFFD17)

2000

0.5%

8,400,000

Global

28

Children in prostitution and pornography (aged 5-17)

2000

0.1%

1,800,000

Global

29

Children in other illicit activities (in particular production and trafficking of drugs) (aged 5-17)

2000

0.04%

600,000

Global

Table from the Third Annual Report to Congress on Highly Vulnerable Children

Sources

1 Third Annual Report to Congress on Public Law 109-95, the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005 http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED507684.pdf

2 - http://www.unicef.org/media/media_45485.html (Taken April 29th 2011)


 

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December, 2015 : The Orphan & Child Welfare Crisis of the 21st Century

Children around the world, particularly in developing countries, are at great risk physically, emotionally and spiritually. Millions of children are orphaned or abandoned due to war, poverty, disease, natural disaster and other causes. If no one helps, these children are likely subjected to a dismal fate of forced labor, slavery, sex trafficking, malnourishment or other horrors. In this day and age, it is hard to fathom the numbers:

Some Worldwide Statistics about Child Welfare 1

  • 428 million children are living in extreme poverty;
  • 150 million girls have experienced sexual abuse;
  • 18 million children have lost both parents;
  • 2 million children are in institutional care;
  • 218 million children are engaged in various forms of labor;
  • 1.8 million children are in prostitution and pornography.

Child Deaths 2

  • Over 24,000 children under the age of five, about one every three seconds, die every day, mainly from preventable causes.
  • The majority of childhood deaths are attributable to six causes: diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth. Among these, pneumonia and diarrhea account for the highest deaths, 17 percent and 16 percent respectively.

Orphans
The international community defines an orphan as a child who had lost one or both parents.
By this definition, according to UNICEF, there are between
130 and 150 million orphans (one or both parents dead) worldwide. More than 13 million of these children have lost both parents. While the majority of these children end up being cared for by other family members, a huge number of children have nowhere to go without the generosity of others.

What happens to these orphans?
The lucky ones are taken in by extended family or friends.
For the rest, the options can be frightening. Many end up on the streets living a beggar's existence. Others find themselves caught up in the global sex-trade or as slaves. Foster care is a wonderful option for many of these parentless children, but there are simply too many kids and not enough loving homes. Orphanages or group homes exist in all manner and form. Some are wonderfully run, loving places; others offer nothing more than an environment of physical, mental or sexual abuse. A visit to these places will find the children to be malnourished and simply hanging on to a bitter and unimaginably dreary life.

How did this happen?

Poverty
Parents in many developing countries are often in a struggle just to survive.
Earning enough money to feed themselves is difficult: another mouth to feed may tip them over the edge. For many of these parents, the only solution is to abandon their children.

HIV/AIDS
The AIDS epidemic has simply decimated many sub-Saharan countries and other areas.
Worldwide estimates of the number of children orphaned due to the AIDS crisis puts the number between 14 and 18 million.
http://www.childinfo.org/hiv_aids.html

Natural Disaster
Countless local disasters have combined with regional disasters to instantly create thousands of orphans.

  • Tsunami of 2004 - 2000+ orphans according to ChildTrac http://www.unicef.org/thailand/reallives_9918.html
  • Haiti Earthquake 2009- Direct earthquake orphans are difficult to estimate, but the numbers of overall orphans in Haiti appear to be in the range of a half-million.
  • Japanese Earthquake 2011 - Click Here to read the heartbreaking story of an entire classroom of children whose parents were wiped away by the disaster.
  • Horn of Africa Food Crisis 2011 As of August, 2011, estimates are that 29,000 people have died in the past 90 days. Drough and man-made factors are combining to create a crisis of unimaginable proportions. Read more here.

Wars and Civil Unrest

Syria, Darfur, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan... the list is seemingly endless. So are the orphans. Fathers are almost two and a half times as likely to be killed as mothers. Women in most parts of the world are unable to earn as much money as their male spouse was previously earning. When the male bread-winner is lost, the family hits the tipping-point and is thrust into a position from which many are unable to recover.

Corruption
Many children live in countries run by rulers whose only concern is enriching themselves and staying in power
. Local food-production may be conscripted to the army or sold to finance weapons purchases or an extravagant lifestyle. International aid is often badly misdirected or outright stolen before it ever has the chance to do any good.

Caste Systems
In some parts of the world, being born a girl is a death sentence.
Girls in these cultures usually require a dowry that is transferred at marriage. Poor villagers often will simply abandon baby girls in the jungle, rather than face financial catastrophe when the time comes to marry. I was told of an aid worker in India who recently found an abandoned baby, laying on the dirt in a jungle, covered with biting ants. Despite attempts to bring her back to health, this little girl did not survive. The statistics bare it out, according to UNICEF, India alone has 31 million orphans.
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/india_statistics.html

 

 

What can be done?
The numbers are overwhelming, and the causes are complex and varied.
There is no magic-bullet cure, and in one sense, the problem seems insurmountable. Just as the causes are many and varied, so the solutions must be many and varied. No organization or government agency is large enough to tackle the problem effectively. The solution lies in everyone pitching in to help. No effort is too small. If one focuses on the scale of the crisis, paralysis sets in and the temptation arises to simply throw up your hands and avoid thinking about the issue. But think about it we must. To this end, our mission is to:

  • Raise awareness of the many issues negatively affecting children
  • Raise support for Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and
    Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are effectively addressing the problem.
  • Raise funds for individual projects and programs that effectively aid orphans.

OUR RESPONSE

At Orphans NOW!, we feel called to several actions in support of orphans and suffering children.

  1. Raise Awareness. We want to make sure that people are aware of the problem. Americans are among the most generous people in the world with their time and money. We believe that if people are made aware, and truly begin to understand the problem, they will step up to the plate and get involved.
  2. Identify Effective FBO/NGOs. There are thousands of organizations engaged in orphan relief. We have been actively speaking with and visiting numerous FBO & NGOs to determine their specific mission and their quality of work. We are not attempting to assess every FBO/NGO or pass judgment on any particular groups, we are simply trying to identify a handful of groups, in our particular sphere, who we feel are engaged in programs or projects that are making a difference.
  3. Matching People with Groups. Just as some people prefer the arts and others spend their time immersed in sports, so it is with the organizations engaged in child welfare. Some FBO/NGOs focus on providing physical relief, some on spiritual needs and others take a holistic approach. We want to match up volunteers and donors with a group that is near to the heart of the volunteer. And when people are ready to help, getting involved shouldn't be a chore.
  4. Project Funding. We identify individual projects for orphan relief and then raise funds for those projects. Instead of raising money for a specific organization or charity, we prefer to identify individual projects so that 100% of the funds raised go directly to aid the children in a very specific manner. When you donate to one of the select projects we have identified, no money is withheld for administrative or other fees. You get the most bang for your buck.
  5. Project Adoption. We have "adopted" the project of providing an outlet for the single mothers of Quito, Ecuador to sell some of the beautiful religious stoles they make. Through our web site www.churchproducts.com, we are selling these stoles. 100% of the proceeds go to the women who make these stoles and to the mission training organization SIFAT for further support of this region. You can read more here about our Stoles for SoulsTM program.

In short, we are trying to sound the alarm to people who might not be aware, trying to find ways to effectively plug them into the solution and raising money for the projects we love.

 

About Us

Who are we? Orphans NOW! is a community abandoned-child advocacy project of churchproducts.com. Since 1979, we have served churches in all 50 states and around the globe. In addition to helping churches fulfill their mission, we are dedicated to promoting the causes of orphan relief and child welfare. Orphans Now! was started in 2011 because we felt called to the cause of orphaned and abandoned children, both in the US and abroad. We believe that the world does not necessarily need another FBO/NGO running around duplicating the work of others and generating administrative costs that reduce the efficiency of the finite amount of relief dollars at work. We exist to promote the cause of abandoned children and to support other nonprofits engaged in child relief work.

We did not want to set up a nonprofit corporation and get caught up in the burden of bookkeeping or sidetracked by administrative costs and annual reports. Our interest is not in building a fashionable organization or raising money for self-interest. Our efforts towards orphan relief are entirely non-fiduciary. This means that we do not solicit any donations for our operations nor collect funds for ourselves in any way. In so doing, we avoid the temptation to lose track of why we are doing what we are doing. We take no salary or commissions WHATSOEVER from any of the organizations that we are supporting. We are entirely self-funded so we are not beholden to any particular donors or organizations. We operate in this manner so you can know that without a doubt, we have the best interest of the child at heart and the welfare of the child as our primary motivation.

Our orphan relief efforts are solely to raise awareness about the orphan and child welfare crisis and to support specific projects spearheaded by other FBO/NGOs. Our goal is to bring HOPE, and a better future to children who otherwise might not have any HOPE.

The Faith behind our HOPE. You could say that our motivating force can be found in the book of James vs. 1:27 which reads, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God our Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." For many people, religion carries a bad name. They are tired of hearing well-meaning people tell them how they are supposed to live, only to be found doing the exact things they speak against. Others look at the Church and see nothing but people who talk a good game, who often fail to put their words into action. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture of true Christianity is what people need to see. A picture of people helping and loving other people, without regard to politics, race, background or any of the other social separators we all encounter daily. I for one do not want to be known for what I say about my Faith, but rather for what I do because of my Faith. For if I speak about my faith, but don't follow it up with action, then I have become just another distraction, or perhaps even worse, a hypocrite. Our desire is to simply live our Faith and "Carry one another's burden, and thus fulfill the law of Christ." Galations 6:2

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Disclaimer.

We are not an accrediting or rating agency. We do not formally audit the books of the FBO/NGOs we support or recommend. In this day and age, people are often not who they purport to be and many well-meaning individuals and organizations have been blindsided by people they trusted. What we do is get to know the people who we are working with and use our best judgment to determine if we think they are trustworthy people and working as they say they are. If we decide to support an organization, you can know that we would recommend this organization to our own mother. If you decide to help out an organization that we have recommended, you agree that you will not hold us responsible for any problems, financial or otherwise, that may arise in connection with our recommendation.