Hundreds of millions of children worldwide suffer from poverty, and the impact it can have on a young life is nothing short of tragic.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) (link) estimates that 385 million children live in extreme poverty, which is best described as people living on $1.90 or less a day.
Gender or ethnic discrimination, exploitation, and domestic violence can cause people to live in poverty, resulting in a lack of basic necessities such as water, food, shelter, education, and healthcare.
This year, COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation.
“COVID-19 and the lockdown measures imposed to prevent its spread have pushed millions of children deeper into poverty,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director. “Families on the cusp of escaping poverty have been pulled back in, while others are experiencing levels of deprivation they have never seen before.” …
Another mission agency, Gospel for Asia (GFA), is also devoted to meeting the critical needs of children while inspiring hope in our Heavenly Father.
“Bridge of Hope” is one initiative that GFA established that offers children a promising future. The Bridge of Hope child sponsorship program gives over 70,000 needy children a daily meal and regular medical checkups – in efforts to improve their physical health and development.
“It’s critical that this generation does not give up, that it’s empowered to break free from the stranglehold of poverty,” said GFA World founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “Otherwise, countless millions of children will be doomed to a life of misery in the world’s gutters and slums. They deserve so much better than that.”
Learn more about how generosity can change lives. Through Gospel for Asia (GFA World) and its Christmas Gift Catalog, gifts like pigs, bicycles and sewing machines break the cycle of poverty and show Christ’s love to impoverished families in Asia. One gift can have a far-reaching impact, touching families and rippling out to transform entire communities.
Learn more about how to Help those in need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, giving food and aid to Coronavirus victims.
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