Children in Need
United Nations Children's Fund) describes child poverty as "those
who experience deprivation of the material, spiritual and
emotional resources needed to survive, develop and thrive,
leaving them unable to enjoy their rights, achieve their full
potential or participate as full and equal members of society."
Current estimates are that one in two children across the world
live in poverty, some one billion children, with Africa and
South-East Asia having the highest levels.
There are many causes of child poverty, with most children
affected coming from poor families.
Those causes range from micro factors such as poor education,
disability, lack of resources such as arable land to macro factors such as war,
disease and government policy both national and international.
Some of the facts behind this are disturbing:
HIV/AIDS has created more than 14
million orphans — 92 percent of them live in Africa
About 246 million children work, with 171 million of these in hazardous
134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to
Six million children under five die every year as a result of hunger
In the last decade, more than 2 million children have died as a direct
result of armed conflict with 300,00 child soldiers currently operating
around the world
On these profile pages we explore the lives of children in need across the world in the worst areas of deprivation and suffering.
Below is a map showing where children in need are primarily located
across the world.
As the graphic
clearly shows, most of these children in need are located in sub-Saharan
Africa, Yemen, the Middle East and Asia with pockets in central and south
Whilst this website is primarily concerned
with child sponsor opportunities for children in Africa we also extend out
listings to other children in need who live in Haiti, Yemen and Gaza.
You can find out more about these children
in need through the information pages below. If you have a child sponsor
program for any of these children please tell us about it by submitting your
free listing to share your project with the wider world!