The Need

Over the centuries, scholars have coined powerful words to describe conditions that shocked humanity or threatened the very existence of mankind.

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Words like plague, inquisition, holocaust, genocide and pandemic, sought to define what for many was unimaginable, indescribable suffering followed by death.

It was the scope of the events, with victims in the tens of millions that qualified them for inclusion, not the sad reality that ignorance, apathy and inaction often played a key role.

To paraphrase Edmund Burke, Evil prevails when good men do nothing.

Now consider if you will the global orphan problem.

It has no awe inspiring, universally recognizable powerful word to describe it, though by even conservative estimates, there are 145 million orphans worldwide[1].

17 million in China, 25 million in India, 10 million in Nigeria, 3 million in Brazil.

In Africa, the United Nations estimates there are 47 million orphans, a large percentage of these, roughly 11 million due to Aids alone.

In Russia, estimates range between 800,000 and of 4 million orphans throughout the country. The number of children in official orphanages is reported somewhere near 200,000, with many more living on the streets or in desperate situations.

In Guatemala, estimates range between 160,000 and 360,000 orphans in a country of 13 million.lw7y6775

Each Year, 14 million orphans turn sixteen and are forced out of orphanages. With no support mechanisms and minimal education, most ended up homeless, unemployed, turning to crime or becoming victims themselves. Many are trafficked as sex slaves, forced into domestic servitude, conscripted to fight and kill for others, or, having been failed by humanity, take their own life.

Maybe those powerful words do describe the orphan problem, we think so, and we’re not about to do nothing.

[1] As reported by UNICEF

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