Anything from conflict to natural disasters and disease can result in children losing their parents and being orphaned. Seeing images on your TV screen and reading reports of these youngsters, who often lack the basics they need to lead a healthy, happy life, can be heart breaking. Here, we take a look at the plight of orphans overseas and examine how you can do your bit to help.
Millions of children in need
As the charity humanappeal.org.uk points out on its website, there are more than 200 million orphans around the world. From Palestine, to Syria, to Burma, these kids can lack access to food, clean water, vital medicines and education. Parentless children often have to drop out of school early in order to earn money and kids as young as five are having to work in order to help pay for the essentials. Tragically, some children die as a result of having no parents to care for them.
What you can do
It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re confronted with facts about or footage of these desperate youngsters in other countries, but there are concrete actions you can take that will help to make a difference to their lives. The easiest way to do this is to donate money to charities that provide support to orphans overseas. These organisations work everywhere from Pakistan to Palestine, Tanzania, Eritrea and Tunisia in order to provide orphans with the aid they need.
If you can afford to set aside some money on a regular basis, you could sponsor a child. The equivalent of just 83p a day can provide little ones with food, clean water, clothes, medicines and school supplies to help them not only survive, but thrive. If you sponsor a child like this, you’ll be given regular updates on their lives.
Don’t worry if you can’t make regular donations though. Another way to help that doesn’t require you to commit to a full sponsorship is to make a one-off charity payment.
One boy’s story of hope
The story of a boy named Noordin from Tanzania highlights how much of a positive impact your money can have on orphans in need. His father died before he was born, and his mother passed away in childbirth. He and his twin were taken in by a family, but they didn’t have enough money to pay for everything the boys needed. Now, he is being sponsored through Little Human Appeal and his adopted family are using the money to pay for food and medical supplies. This helps ensure the brothers can go to school.
Even seemingly small donations can make a big difference to children like Noordin, so if you’re keen to do your bit to help the plight of orphans, now could be the time to start researching your options.