There is estimated to be over 147 million orphans in the world today. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 1 out of 9 children dies before the age five; they are the country with the highest risk for first-day-death. In Russia, 140,000 children with disabilities live in institutional care often lacking basic necessities. There are 10.2 million people living in extreme poverty in Latin America; 50 percent of which are under the age of 18.
This is just the beginning of the heartbreaking statistics that encompass every country in the world including our own.
Right now in the United States there are over 120,000 orphaned children and 400,000 children without permanent families. There are 27,000 children that age out of our foster care system each year with little support, no family, and little means of supporting themselves. Twenty-five percent of these youth do not even have a high school diploma or GED.
How POI meets this need:
We can all agree there is a huge orphan and poverty problem in our world. Many times statistics such as these leave us overwhelmed, speechless or confused. Granted, you may not be able to single-handedly change the world, but you can make an impact on the lives of children. Here at POI, we work to meet the basic needs of children and families through tutoring, medical care, and daily nutritious meals. These things give children the opportunity to break the devastating chain of poverty.
For more info please visit our website, poiglobal.org
Don’t forgo the opportunity to do something because you cannot do everything. Children all over the world are waiting to be fed, waiting to be loved, and waiting to hear the gospel. Please consider joining with us as we seek to change the world, one child at a time.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40