Today’s orphan crisis currently affects more than 140 million children across the world. This number is staggering, leading many to wonder how and why this has happened. Here are five terrible causes of the global orphan crisis:
Worldwide, there are an estimated 17.8 million children under the age of 18 who have been orphaned by losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. By 2015, it is expected that this number will rise to 25 million. This preventable disease is a large contributor to the worldwide orphan crisis.
Nearly half of the world’s population live on less than $2.50 a day. Even more, 1.3 billion people are considered to be living in extreme poverty with less than $1.25 a day. This means that many people cannot afford to provide nutrition, shelter, and care for their children. Many children who become orphans are abandoned by parents, not due to of a lack of love, but through a lack of resources to care for their basic needs.
Corruption sustains the orphan crisis in many terrible ways, be it through corrupt government officials or individuals who profit from the trafficking of vulnerable children. Countries who suffer from domestic unrest as a result of corruption often close their borders to inter-country adoption, making it nearly impossible for orphaned children to receive the life-giving care they desperately need.
The orphan crisis is made worse when children who have been orphaned are prevented from entering a forever family due to financial hurdles. That’s why Show Hope works to provide adoption aid grants to help ensure that children can enter the love and security of a family! We believe that a lack of resources to cover the cost of adoption should never keep a child from the love of a family. To learn more about difficulties related to the adoption process and how you can help through the work of Show Hope, click here.
War contributes to the orphan crisis in two major ways. Firstly, many children lose their parents in the physical act of war, be it directly when soldiers are killed in combat, or indirectly when innocent civilians are killed in an act of warfare. Secondarily, countries torn apart by war – especially developing nations – are often paralyzed in their efforts to care for orphans. In this way, the orphan crisis is created and perpetuated by war.
Although the causes are broad, there is great hope. Because we believe that the call to care for orphans is a Biblical mandate given by God for each of us, he will go before us in the effort!
Show Hope exists to empower each person to fulfill their calling to care for orphans. Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can do something! And it’s only with your help that Show Hope is able to address this global crisis. Join us today and see how your support can make a huge difference in restoring hope to vulnerable children around the world!
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