Thursday, March 24, 2011

Orphan Statistics

Posted by Angie at 7:00 AM
Future Papa and I are in the process of making a short video to announce our adoption to family and friends!  Most of the video will focus on our excitement to become parents, but I also wanted to include some powerful statistics.  Recently, I stumbled across this list, which was drawn from UNICEF and The Children on the Brink Report.  Here are some of the highlights (perhaps lowlights is a better term):
  • Every 2 seconds, an orphan dies from malnutrition.
  • 87.6 million orphans live in Asia. 43.4 million orphans live in Sub-Saharan Africa. 12.4 million orphans live in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
  • Think about it: Vulnerable children, with few means of supporting themselves, and are often forced to work in commercial agriculture, as street vendors, in domestic service, and in the sex trade. They are much more likely to be victims of human trafficking.
  •  "In our area, it is estimated that 90% of orphan children have become sexually active by age 12, whether by abuse, exploitation or simple lack of role models in their decimated family unit."
Scary.  Like I talked about here, my eyes are being opened.  To see more statistics from the list, you can click here.

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While we feel led to adopt, I want to stress that there are so many ways beyond adoption to help orphaned children!  Foster care, mission trips, material donations to orphanages, prayer, financial donations to adopting families, and so much more...

Much love,
Future Mama

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