Posted on November 16, 2018
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“Every two seconds a child becomes an orphan”
(Food for Orphans)
Do you know that every two seconds, a child, somewhere, some place in this world, becomes an orphan?
Many orphan children are left to grow up in uncertainty – with no parental oversight, education, risk of starvation, human trafficking, disease, death. This leaves them vulnerable to all manners of risks – abduction by traffickers, sexual predators, forced to become child soldiers, slave labour, terrorist activities and ultimately early death. There is no shortage of obstacles that orphans face as they try to navigate safe passage in life.
The second Monday in November is universally accepted as World Orphans Day, to raise awareness of the plight of orphans and displaced children.
Most people are shocked to discover there are 153 million orphans worldwide, according to UNICEF. If orphans were a country of their own, the population would rank 9th in the world—ahead of Russia. In sub-Saharan Africa alone there are roughly 53 million orphans today.
There are a variety of reasons that cause children to lose both their parents at a young age – war, famine, AIDS, natural disasters etc. Any one of these could easily devastate any nation of the world, but in some parts of Africa it is not uncommon for a nation to have to deal with several of these issues simultaneously. In far too many instances orphan children are left to pick up the pieces of their lives on their own, leaving them exposed to the same cycle of poverty that likely claimed their parents.
ACT was formed to help orphan children in Africa to receive education, care and welfare support, so that they can grow up as any normal child and achieve their potential in life. We work hand-in-hand with local partners on the ground in African communities to ensure that orphans have the opportunity to walk the road of success. We stage interventions in the lives of orphans, keeping them with relatives, typically grandparents or aunts within their own communities. At the core of our work is the belief that it is through education that we can best provide a child with the opportunity to become the best they can be. We provide grants to pay for their education, buy uniforms, shoes and school books and provide at least two meals a day. Importantly, we continue this support for our children from primary education through to university or other tertiary education.
ʺI lost both my parents when I was 5-6 years old and I never thought that I could make it in the world. But because of ACT I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies at Kampala International University.ʺ (Wandera, Uganda)
ʺI really want to thank ACT for supporting me through my education…I am looking forward to applying to university to study Medicine with your help. ʺ (Francesca, Zambia)
Far too many orphans in Africa are missing out of the opportunity of an education, guarantee of a meal each day and shelter. This affects them psychologically and eats away at their hope for a better future. Sadly the numbers are not getting smaller, in fact they are increasing. Over the past 20 years, ACT and its partners having been chipping away at this crisis, but at times it can appear like swimming against the tide.
In addition to our work in local communities in 8 countries of Africa, we are also supporting children at Le Refuge, Tintilou, Burkina Faso and the Angels Orphanage, Ngara, Tanzania.
No doubt the mission is daunting and there is so much work to be done, but this is why we need your help to lighten the burden. By supporting us today you can help us on this journey, and contribute to change the life of one or more orphan children in Africa.
“Wishing good charity is lukewarm, but doing good is divine”
Our aim is to ensure that all children are given access to education, care and support, so that they can grow up as lives transformed and breakthrough the cycle of poverty.
To support an orphan child or make a donation today, please click here.