Abandoned Children's Fund - Copyright 2010
The social stigma associated with abandoning one's child (in any culture) causes parents to decide in secret to abandon their children and with deep shame added to the devastating heartache.
Quietly plans are made to bring a child from a remote village to the city, on the pretext of visiting the marketplace or a distant relative. The child is brought to a busy street corner and told to wait a moment for momma to return with a drink of water. Momma never returns.
Abandoned children are sometimes carried deep into the forest or far out into the desert or a swamp and left to the wild to avoid the shameful mark of child abandonment.
When abandoned in populated areas sometimes there are orphanages or strangers homes to which the child is delivered. Sometimes there is none.
Haiti Earthquake Victims Suffer Cholera Outbreak
On November 5th, 2010, hurricane Tomas struck the severely challenged nation of Haiti, already struggling to recover from the 7.0 Earthquake that rocked Port au Prince in January, with 80 mile an hour winds and torrential rain. Though the death toll from Tomas was mercifully small, one of the unwelcome consequences of the storm may be the acceleration of an outbreak of Cholera, which is a water born disease. By December the number of people reported to have been attended for cholera is 75,888 (with 1,721 Fatalities).
Cholera was believed to have been eradicated from Haiti until it appeared last month. It has now killed 760 people in the northern province of Artibonite alone, the hardest hit province by the scourge.
Today, nearly 1 year after the devastating January earthquake in Port au Prince, of the nearly 5½ billion dollars promised by the International Community, thus far only 4% has been delivered. Even many U S Government promises of financial support have been neglected. Some of those promises will eventually materialize, but most will be reneged. One of the glaring lessons learned is; monies pledged to private non-profit charities have been the most reliable source of actual help on the ground in emergency relief situations like this.
Abandonment is a very distinct affliction that strikes
children when poverty and disease prevail.
Abandoned children are the most helpless and most frequent victims of violence, disease, malnutrition and death. Without the support from their families, these children are exposed to the frightening dangers of abduction and sexual exploitation.
Shockingly, there are over
20 million homeless or abandoned children in the world today - a majority of them are orphans.
Many of these orphans have been traumatized by witnessing the ruthless murder of their parents or by helplessly watching them die of AIDS or starvation. Alone, with no one to raise them, abandoned children must resort to eating any scraps available and wandering the streets.
Emotionally and physically scarred, the future for these orphans is a bleak reminder of lost hope.
We devote our time and effort to building schools, medical clinics, feeding programs and children's homes that have become sanctuaries of love, laughter and hope rather than despair.
Abandoned Children's Fund has not forgotten these helpless children and orphans.
Abandoned Children's Fund is raising funds for the 2010 earthquake recovery and medical supplies for victims of the cholera epidemic.
Thank you for your help.