Children at risk
Around the world, there are 1.2 billion children at risk under the age of 18. In many developing countries, this age group represents 50% of the population. Exploited children lack basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, safety, parental support, healthcare, and education needed for normal childhood development. They are at risk of never reaching their God-given potential physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally. These vulnerable children go to extreme measures to meet these basic needs and are at risk of being exploited.
A child in extreme poverty may work on the street to gain money for his family or be sold into bonded labor to pay off family debts (an example of exploited children). A child whose parents die of AIDS becomes an orphan. Unprotected children are more susceptible than adults to the effects of poverty and illness, abuse and manipulation, as well as the repercussions of catastrophes and wars. Their needs as children and their rights to a positive childhood and development are ignored. Good Deeds Alliance Foundation is committed to ensuring that the rights and dignity of children are respected.
Children who grow up outside of a family are particularly at risk, and their future is one of our very special concerns. We care for children who are without parents and for children who cannot live with their families, and we support children who are at risk of losing their families. We create awareness of this in society by showing precisely what is at stake.
More so, the international situation facing children today has never been worse, or the need for care more pressing. Of the more than 3 billion children in the world under the age of 15, 145 million (UNICEF 2009) are orphans: the need for orphan care is both immediate and enormous. While Good Deeds Alliance Foundation is incapable of meeting this need alone, or even making a dent in it, we - like you - are capable of helping some children, of raising awareness, and of facilitating and partnering with other organizations and individuals to assist in this crisis.
WHO ARE CHILDREN AT RISK?
According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children who lack access to the following rights are considered “at risk”:
Love and Security
Survival and Development
A Decent Place to Live
Health and Health Services
Protection From Abuse
Rest and Leisure
Sometimes parents are, for various reasons, not able to care for their children by themselves; sometimes children lose their parents or never knew them. These are the children we help. We know a child should be at the heart of a secure, loving, long-term relationship with a parent or career, which provides positive guidance, trust and support.
We believe that each child should have a good place to grow up – a familiar environment, where their needs are put first, and where they can build their confidence and learn in a positive, supportive community. This is why we aim to enable children to develop into adults who have the skills to take responsibility for themselves and contribute to their communities positively.
Therefore, Good Deeds Alliance Foundation focuses its efforts on orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries; this group of children typically lacks most of these basic rights. We are also committed to helping disadvantaged women who are vulnerable and abused.
For us to achieve these goals of a better life for vulnerable women and children at risk, we require the collective heart, energy and resources of each person, community, corporate bodies and government. Our hope is that these children will one day be leaders and adults of integrity in their communities and countries thereby contributing positively to the growth and development of their various communities and countries at large.
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