I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody (to no one). -Mother Teresa of Calcutta
UNICEF estimates the number of orphans at 210 million in the world in 2010. This includes the estimated 86 million orphans in India, 44 million orphans in Africa and 10 million orphans in Mexico.
That's a lot of children crying out "Love ME!" My heart breaks thinking about 210 million children who feel unwanted and unloved. I was talking with a friend this week who has adopted a little girl, and she said something very important and inspiring to me. She said, "We just don't talk about orphans enough." So today I'm going to talk about them. Maybe so many children are not adopted because people are not aware of the great need to help these children.
Statistics of Orphans:
-Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa
-Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans
-Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
-143,000,000 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years in an orphanage or foster home
-Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
-Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system
-Every DAY 38,493 children age out
-Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home
-In Ukraine and Russia 10% -15% of children who age out of an orphanage commit suicide before age 18.
60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
-Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls are sex slaves today, simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.
Well reliable statistics are difficult to find, even the sources often list only estimates, and street children are rarely included. But even if these figures are exaggerated by double, it is still an unacceptable tragedy that over a million children would still become orphans every year, and every year 7 million children would still grow to adulthood as orphans with no one to belong to and no place to call home. They are totally vulnerable and easily fall prey to predators and slave recruiters. The disastrous outcomes of most children who age out of institutional care is evidence that these children don’t know the meaning of love.
There are so many children who just want to be loved. What will we all do about them? Will we act like they don't exist or will we find ways to support them?
Support them by prayer
Support them by adopting
Support them by helping others adopt
Support them by helping their orphanges
Support them by being Foster parents
Support them by encouraging those who have been adopted
Support them by being a voice for them
Support them by however God leads you to love them
every child deserves to learn what it feels like to be loved
These are all pictures of children who are orphans. Aren't they just beautiful creations!
I'm sure they all cry out "Love me!"
Will we love them???