Children at Risk

The following statistics are taken from the "Viva Network" a Christian child advocacy organization. However what is written below is only a sample of the information that is available from the Viva Network, Please visit their comprehensive site at: http://www.viva.org/

  • "Over half a billion children are struggling to survive on under $1 per day. (Poverty Reduction Begins with Children, UNICEF, 2000)

  • 250,000 children and young people are infected with HIV/AIDS every month (State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2000)

  • It is estimated that 25 million children will have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010 (Children on the Brink 2002, USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS)

  • 246 million children are child labourers (Facts on Child Labor, International Labour Organization, 2003)

  • 8.4 million Children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities. (Facts on Child Labour, International Labour Organization, 2003)

  • 300,000 young people under 18 are exploited as child soldiers. (UN office of the Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, 2003)

  • 30,000 Children die each day from preventable diseases (www.worldhungeryear.org) (This is a good resource to review on various issues that children face.

The following are various reasons why there are more children suffering today than ever before. These issues are common with children of emerging countries.

Poverty
Family Disintegration or Loss of Parents > Street Children >
    Street Life, Sexual Exploitation, Child Trafficking, Child Prostitution
Acute Bereavement
Psychological Trauma
Inadequate Health Care
Abandonment > Street Children >
    Street Life, Sexual Exploitation, Child Trafficking, Child
Prostitution
Acute Abuse at Home
Poor Nutrition and Malnutrition
Bonded Labour