Our reach to children around the world begins in the greater Cincinnati area and extends to many foreign countries. This includes food for Haiti, medical supplies for Zambia, fresh water wells in India, shoes to orphans in the Ukraine and to many countries in between. This is consistent with our orphan care and humanitarian relief bridges of care.
In fact, on average our Hands Against Hunger program provides over 10,000 meals a day – every day! To read more about the children we serve, click on any of the red pins on the map.
Most Americans are not aware of the numbers of children that are at significant risk here and around the world. The lives of these children touch all of us. Some of the following lists were taken from Facts About Children and Poverty (excerpts from http://www.care.org)
Health Care and Nutrition
- Measles, malaria and diarrhea are three of the biggest killers of children — yet all are preventable or treatable.
- More than 30 million children in the world are not immunized against treatable or preventable diseases.
- 95 percent of all the people who get polio are under the age of 5.
- HIV/AIDS has created more than 14 million orphans — 92 percent of them live in Africa.
- Six million children under five die every year as a result of hunger; that number rises to over 10 million when children older than 5 are included in these statistics.
- 134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school.
- Girls are more likely to go without schooling than boys — in the Middle East and North Africa girls are three times more likely than boys to be denied education.
- For every year of education, wages increase by a worldwide average of 10 percent.
- Educated mothers tend to send their children to school, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
- In the last decade, more than 2 million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict.
- More than 300,000 child soldiers are exploited in armed conflicts in over 30 countries around the world.
- 2 million children are believed to be exploited through the commercial sex trade.
- Approximately 246 million children work.
- 171 million children work in hazardous conditions.