Quick facts on poverty and how it impacts children:
* 600 million children live in extreme poverty
* Over half of the world's population live on less than $2.50 per day
* 6.9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2011. That is more than 800 per hour.
* 58% of deaths in children under the age of 5 are caused by infectious diseases.
* 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
* Around the world nearly 80% of primary school children attend school. In least developed countries this is about 66%
* Of the 67 million primary children not attending school, 53% are girls.
* Worldwide only 49% of secondary aged students attend secondary school.
* Hunger is the world's #1 health risk. It kills more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
* Over 300 million children go to bed hungry every night.
* Undernutrition is a factor in 1/3 of deaths of children under age 5.
* One in four children (146 million) in developing countries is underweight.
* 925 million people do not have enough to eat. 98% of them live in developing countries.
* There are more than 27 million slaves in the world today.
* 218 million children ages 5-17 are engaged in child labor (worldwide).
* Children below age 18 represent between 40% and 50% of all forced labor victims.
* Globally, 1 in 6 children work.
* 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatins, humiliation, and sexual violence by their employers.
* 783 million people in the world do not have access to safe water.
* 2.5 billion people in the world live without adequate sanitation.
* Childhood malnutrition causes 35% of all deaths of children under age 5 worldwide. It is estimated that 50% of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal infections caused by as a result of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, or insufficient hygiene.
Info from: Compassion Poverty Facts
Friday, June 12, 2015
So why sponsor a child? In a world where more than a billion children live on less than U.S. $2 per day, connecting one child with one sponsor is the most strategic way to end child poverty. Through monthly gifts, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest in the lives of children living in extreme poverty. This relationship communicates, “You are an important person!” Basically, you are changing the life of a child, offering them hope and love and the chance to reach beyond the poverty that they were born into. A child is waiting for you.
More information on Compassion International.
Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.
Compassion's work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man's clear, God-given vision
Compassion has over 6,500 church partners, over 1,500,000 children sponsored, and 122,588 parents and children have come to accept Christ as their Savior.The "Three Cs" form the basis for Compassion, making it unique. These Cs are Christ Centered, Child Focused, and Church Based. Jesus Christ is at the heart of our ministry. Their commitment to Christ drives the content of the programs, characterizes the kind of people we hire, and guides our ethics. The ministry is focused on the individual child. and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, they present every child with an opportunity to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is an honor for them to walk along side the Church to accompany the Church as it helps bring the Kingdom of Heaven to this world. The local church is uniquely qualified to understand the real needs of her community and reach the children in poverty who need her care.
Children ages birth to three participate in the Child Survival programs.Since infant mortality is extremely high in some parts of the world, the first priority in promoting effective child development is to ensure that children survive the early years when they are most vulnerable to disease and malnutrition. That means educating the mother or primary caregiver, before and after her child is born, about providing critical care during the earliest years.
Our Child Survival Program helps babies and mothers in poverty by providing education in these areas:
- Growth Monitoring — steady growth is a good sign of adequate nutrition
- Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) — restores fluids lost to diarrhea
- Breast-feeding — promotes infant growth, facilitates bonding with the mother, and reduces incidence of illness
- Immunization — an effective way to reduce or eliminate many diseases that cause childhood death and disability
- Female Literacy — the mother's level of education is directly tied to child survival
- Food — food or supplements fight off malnourishment
- Family Planning — greater spacing between births allows the mother's body to be better prepared for the rigors of pregnancy and to provide greater attention to each child's needs
The Child Development Centers provide care for children ages 3-22 (in most areas). This is the safe place for these children. Here they receive ongoing Christian training, educational opportunities and support, health care, hygiene and nutrition information, healthy food, programs to develop self confidence and social skills, a safe space to play and be with others, and the development of key life skills and vocational training for older children. Some projects also do things like providing school uniforms and supplies, arranging educational field trips, and more.