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The Global Orphan Crisis and Why We Should Help

There are currently an estimated 150 million children worldwide who have been orphaned from

a variety of tragic circumstances says UNICEF. On top of that, these orphans face the second

injustice of being cast into suffering, overcrowded and under-resourced institutions. Surprisingly

enough, quite a solid chunk of this orphan population does have family nearby that could take care of them. But financial speaking, they cannot simply afford to bring them into their lives.

It is important to realize what the true problem of the Global Orphan Crisis is: It is not orphans- it

is the mishandling of the response by the global community and the negligence of the

commitment to finding real solutions to better serving orphaned children.

One solution that has proven to be effective and maybe even the most sustainable would be the

tactic of Transition to Home. An alternative to the current way things are run, Transitions to

Home would place parentless children in homes of biological family members within their

villages or communities (in cases where orphaned children still have surviving relatives). This

system has proven successful through the hard working, platinum-seal of transparency,

non-profit charity ONEtrack International. ONEtrack has been successfully implementing this

specifically, in West Africa but has also started to incorporate it at a global level.

Transition to Home not only reunites orphans with distant family, but also tackles the apparent

problem of poverty. And as sustainable as always, to defeat poverty long term means a greater

array of benefits, some of which include improving home safety, providing education (for the

whole family), proper healthcare, and case by case solutions for the host families (which are an

average size of six). ONEtracks health initiatives prohibit outbreaks of vaccine-preventable

diseases, promote proper nutrition and hygiene, and we coordinate regular sport and exercise

programs. Studies repeatedly link good nutrition to learning readiness, academic achievement,

and a decrease in emotional problems.

Alleviating problems by a family by family basis is truly a great step forward. But as we’ve seen

before, it doesn't amount to enough. It’s hard for even the best of people to thrive in a “subpar”

community. Seeds cannot thrive if you poison the soil. That's why ONEtrack provides additional

support on a community level by means of providing funding for schools that would otherwise be

unavailable, and creating a future plan for that community that will eliminate widespread

unnecessary strain.

Making the most of what they have, as well as sufficient, consistent support, is the only way

any orphans anywhere are going to make it in this world. And help can unfortunately only be

provided with funding. Moral Obligation is becoming less appealing, society says. But that's just

not the case. Five US dollars is all it takes to save a life. Imagine how many lives we save and

improve if we really tried.

More on the moral obligation of helping


ONEtracks International Donation Page

UNICEF reports related to poverty

Written by: Moses Taylor


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