“Children are our future.” It is a common adage that reminds us that future generations depend upon how we treat our young. They will be the scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, physicians, etc. that will advance society in the ytears to come. Through education, healthcare, and compassion, we can give children the opportunities they deserve to grow into successful adults. Unfortunately, however, not all children are granted these amenities. Millions of children are left without the basic needs to lead healthy and happy lives, particularly on the continent of Africa. Many youths in the Birthplace of Civilization face a wide array of adversities, including disease, malnourishment, maltreatment, and even death.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia – the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide – is most prevalent in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The acute respiratory infection was responsible for the deaths of 920,136 children under the age of 5 in 2015. African children are also at high risk for diarrheal diseases which caused the death of around 525,000 children under the age of five in 2015. Malnourishment is also a major issue on the continent, with about 43% of infants between the ages of 0 to 6 months being sustained exclusively by breastfeeding. Proper nutrition could save over 800,000 lives of children under the age of five. Abuse is another substantial problem facing children in Africa. One survey conducted by the WHO found that 25% of all adults reported that they were physically abused as children. In addition, 20% of women and 8% of men reported to have been sexually abused in their youth.
These facts are horrendous and should not be tolerated by a society that has enough resources to help those in need. If you want to stop these injustices from affecting more young children, Embrace Relief will work with you to provide the assistance that they deserve. Join one of our many charitable ventures or set up your own fundraiser to give to the causes you believe in. Also, Embrace Relief lets you sponsor a child to help them get the resources they need to survive.
By making monthly donations, you can provide basic physical needs, education, water, shelter, and medical care. Make your contributions to save children’s lives by visiting us at https://embracerelief.org/children/. With your help, we can make the future brighter for children in Africa and around the world. Help us touch lives by joining us at Embrace Relief.[*] Child Health. World Health Organization – Regional Office for Africa, 2017, www.afro.who.int/health-topics/child-health.