Poverty is so much more than a lack of money. It is a multi-dimensional issue depriving children of essential nutrition, health, education and shelter.
Children living in families facing immense external pressure and a lack of support are more likely to suffer abuse or neglect, and it is much less likely to be reported.
Every day, children are trafficked by criminals who prey on impoverished families, enticing them with empty promises of lucrative work or educational opportunities for their children.
Millions of children are living in orphanages without the love of a family. Over 80% of them have biological relatives who would love to care for them if they had the means to do so.
You probably don't have a background in community development or hold a degree in trauma counselling. And yet, you may have the precise skills needed to empower those who do.
Grassroots efforts are already effecting incredible change for children worldwide. These small organizations have a deep understanding of the issues facing their community and the solutions needed for lasting change. BUT they operate within the constraints of a tiny budget and often lack some of the expertise needed to make a maximum impact on their community.
A few examples:
can help set up an early childhood education center, allowing families to work without having to give up their children
can improve the health of an entire community by mentoring local clinic staff
can teach small-business skills to groups of savvy parents who want to put a good business idea in motion