There are a staggering number of orphan children worldwide. In fact, more than 140 million children are considered orphans by one definition or another. Sadly, there are orphan children who are even abandoned by the statistics! Who counts those who live on the streets, in landfills and sewer systems? How could you? The effects of being an orphan can be equally categorized into physical and psychological impact. According to a case study of 193 children in Rakai district of Uganda, orphaned children who lost their parents at an early age exhibited signs of depression, helplessness and hopelessness. Thus, orphaned children are vulnerable to psychological problems and are more prone to abuse, exploitation and poverty. The neglect faced by these children can also often lead to their poor physical development in terms of extreme malnourishment, extremely low muscle tone, and extremely delayed development.
There are many varied combinations that contribute to a child suffering without parental care, but the results are the same, regardless of the cause. Statistically the subgroups such as these would not be counted as orphans, but by attributes associated with abuse and neglect, they are one and the same in terms of outcome for the child. Perhaps in some ways their status almost makes them invisible and the danger they are in, is misunderstood by many not familiar with their culture.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ORPHAN CHILDREN?
Beyond suffering and the ultimate tragedy of death, the children that do survive, often do so in ways that demeans and criminalizes themselves and brings suffering to others as well. The sad reality though, is that if a good and caring person is not there to provide what they need, who is? Pimps, child labor bosses, terrorists, rebel armies with child soldiers, child traffickers, even less – than- good- willed- relatives who want a personal slave.
MAKING A DIFFRENCE
- When you help a children, you are doing a wonderful thing, but the good you have done doesn’t stop there. It spreads!
- There is no greater impact you can have on the future of our planet, than standing with the helpless and caring for our greatest resource, the innocent and deserving children who have been left to suffer. There are more than 140 million of them. Don’t you think they will have an impact on our world?
Orphans supporting orphans
Our initiative with this NGO is one of a kind since it embodies the notion of orphans supporting orphans. The initiators of this noble cause lost their parents to war which makes them more empathetic to other orphaned children as they can relate to their situation. Thus, we aim to give back to the society and help spread positivity, love and kindness. Our NGO will focus on providing a better life to the orphaned children. We will ensure that they get:
- Secure shelter
- Enrollment in schools
- Alternative occupations to manual labour
- Basic necessities such as food, clothing etc
- Rehabilitation into the society
HOW PROGRAMS/ SOLUTIONS:
Phase 1: Critical Care- To move the children we work with from one statistical pool to another: Every child is an individual, with individual dreams and goals. Orphan children are no different. Once their environment has been stabilized, i.e., they have shelter, adequate food, medical care, love and nurturing, their basic critical needs have been fulfilled.
– We want to move these children to save and secure environment where their basic human needs will be fulfilled without worrying about the dangers of the streets.
Phase 2: Beyond Critical Care- the next phase of our program provides opportunities for the children to act upon their own individual dreams and goals. We make sure that they receive a complete and thorough primary education, access to counseling and mentoring and nurturing. Whenever the natural resources of the geographic location of the home allow, we use agriculture and animal husbandry, sewing, baking, woodworking and metal working to provide the children with additional skills and make the home and community more self-sufficient. This sets the foundation for them to be an educated, and mentally, physically and spiritually healthy young adult ready for higher education, vocational training or immediate entry into the workforce based upon their individual abilities and achievements.
Phase 3: Social Integration – Becoming a productive member of their society in turn provides self-actualization and the ability to provide for themselves and a family, a key element when couples with the knowledge that they received all of their childhood needs, not only from their direct caregivers, but from many caring individuals thousands of miles away
How do we measure our Performance?
- Are the majority of the children in our program going on to live productive lives that include higher education and good jobs? Are they successfully integrating into society without turning to crime, abandoning children of their own and creating orphans themselves?
- Are the communities they live in showing positive changes?
- Are the cultures that don’t inherently exhibit charitable character, now doing so?