As a parent, it can be awful to even imagine our children in pain but it’s this desire to look after our own that we can use to make a difference in the world. There are hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children around the globe and it’s our charity that can change their lives.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get accurate information on many of the world’s issues, so it seemed sensible to put some facts into a post and with any luck, we can come together to save some of society’s most vulnerable children.
This shortlist is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you’re interested in seeing how you can help, it’s always worth doing a little more research of your own. In the meantime though, here are some of the places around the world where children need our help.
Syria has been plagued with war and conflict for a very long time and as a result of the ongoing hostilities, the children of the nation are suffering. There are some scary statistics about the young people there, with an estimated 8.6 million of the 10 million children in the country requiring immediate assistance to survive and of those 8.6 million, an estimated 6 million have been forced to leave their homes.
On top of these huge numbers, you have to keep in mind that many of these children will have lost at least one parent – often both. Presented with these figures, you start to wonder how people can help when the situation is so dire? Fortunately, there are multiple charities working to help the young people in Syria. Most charities focus their support on supplying food packs, shelter and other everyday essentials to Syrian families; it’s always a good idea to check what your money is going to before you donate to any causes.
Somalia is another country with a long history of civil conflict that has resulted in extremely challenging modern-day circumstances for the average citizen. In particular, the infant mortality rate in Somalia is unimaginable, with up to 9.5% of children dying before the age of five.
Most of these deaths are the result of diseases and illnesses like diarrhoea, pneumonia and neonatal disorders. The major concern is that the medical services in Somalia simply aren’t equipped to help the children and citizens with more common illnesses.
Most charities supporting Somalia do so through the implementation of fresh water systems as well as medical aid, which both make a huge difference to the young people living there.
Yemen doesn’t make it onto the news that often but the country has spent its entire existence in and out of civil war and conflict, crippling the infrastructure and citizens of the nation. The children are some of the worst affected, with at least 30% of children under five suffering from acute malnutrition and that figure is set to rise if things don’t change soon.
Yemen is in need of every form of aid and different charities focus on different types of support, though most direct their funds towards supplying food and shelter throughout the country.
As mentioned at the beginning of the post. This is just three of the worst cases in the world but the truth is, there are many millions of vulnerable children who need help. If you have some spare change, it’s worth donating to a charity supporting these young people. I hope this shortlist has highlighted some of the forgotten issues our planet is facing. We can make a difference!
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post