Many developed countries uphold human rights through child protection laws, compulsory education, anti-discrimination legislation, and regular elections, but these human rights had been restored after a long, exhausting struggle and changes eventually occurred. We can now bring another change for the world’s poorest people.
Today, there are more than 143 million orphans in the world. Recent statistical data shows that 42,000 children become orphans every day, and every two-second, the number is increasing by one. On the other hand, every 90 seconds, another orphan dies—almost 400,000 orphans die every year due to malnutrition. 60 million orphans go to bed hungry. These children cry to sleep comfortably every night, suffering from severe pain in their empty stomachs. These hungry, deprived children are lonely and scared. Of the 57 million people worldwide who died last year, 10.5 million were less than five-year-old children. Nearly 1 billion people live on less than $1.00 per day in different parts of the world, and treatable illnesses, such as pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition, are becoming life-threatening when combined with poverty, war, poor-sanitation, inadequate health care, and insufficient preventive measures; yet, the world has never been so prosperous. The world has enough money, resources, and technology to end the cycle of poverty.
The orphans, who survived from childhood poverty, still face many obstacles to secure their future. Children, growing-up in under-developing nations, have limited access to education, limiting their opportunities, and reducing their potential to prosper or succeed. Economic, social, and cultural factors keep some 121 million children, especially girls, from attending schools. Faced with such difficult choices, parents often take girls out of the schools to care for their younger siblings, help with the household chores, or work outside the home to contribute to the family expenses. In the world’s least-developed countries, only 14 percent of females enroll in secondary schools. I hope that I was able to present the horrible truth behind poverty and lack of education. Stand by me to take that first step toward kindness and allow us to help our underprivileged children!