Children in Need

Children in Need




UNICEF (the 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:

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 America. 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!

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Child Sponsor Haiti

If you're interested in sponsoring a child from Haiti, check out our child sponsor programs.

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Child Sponsor Gaza

If you're interested in sponsoring a child from Gaza, check out our child sponsor programs.

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Child Sponsor Yemen

Check out our child sponsor programs for the children of Yemen who are growing up in conflict.

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Your Project Here

List your child sponsor or children in need project here for free by filling out this quick form.

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Sponsor by Country

Sponsor a child listings by country together with details of children's lives there.

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Street Children

Information about the growing crisis
of street children in Africa escaping poverty and violence.

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African Children News

All the latest news about children in Africa, their circumstances, children's right developments and legal issues.

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Children with AIDS

HIV and AIDS has had a devastating impact on on children and their families across Africa.

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