The Central African Republic is one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world with ongoing instability since its independence from France in 1960 and the current transitional government whilst in power, has little to no control of outlying areas particularly around Central African Republic's borders where rebel groups, including the Lord's Resistance Army, operate using guerrilla tactics to often terrorise local communities. The Central African Republic is in 180th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy for a child in the Central African Republic is around 48 years with one in ten children dying at birth ~ the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the world ~ and one in five children are dead before their fifth birthday.
The Central African Republic also has a high maternal mortality rate which stands at 890 deaths for every 100,000 live births, the fourth highest such mortality rate in the world. The Central African Republic also has one of the world's poorest school enrolments and over half the population are illiterate. 90% of the population are unemployed, 34% live without clean water and a staggering 69% don't have access to a toilet. 43% of the child population under 5yrs in the Central African Republic suffer from moderate or severe stunting according to the World Health Organisation and 67% of the entire population live on less than a dollar a day, in a country where for those who do actually work, one week's earnings can just about buy a chicken.
The instability of the country is reflected in the levels of humanitarian aid which has risen by 54% for the region, but fallen by 60% for the Central African Republic, making it the lowest recipient of aid in the area. What child sponsor programs there are in the Central African Republic focus on the 350,000 child orphans, 6000 street children, 14000 child HIV sufferers out of a total child population of just 2,061,000. Other charitable work includes general medical care, education access and clean water projects. You can make a difference when you sponsor a child in the Central African Republic.
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