Capitol - Washington D.C.
Size – 3.79 million sq. mi.
Language - English
Population – 310 million
Life Expectancy – 78.24 years
Annual Income/Person - $46,400
Exports - agricultural products, industrial supplies (organic chemicals) 26.8%, capital goods (transistors, aircraft, motor vehicle parts, computers, telecommunications equipment) 49.0%, consumer goods (automobiles, medicines) 15.0%
Religions - Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%
In America most child abandonment situations are related to some kind of chemical (drug & alcohol) abuse in the family. As highly organized and prosperous as we are as a society, it’s amazing how some children just seem to slip through the cracks. By the time a child has been expelled from a couple of schools, they develop a survival mechanism and learn to fend for themselves. They steal food, keep out of sight and hope to avoid detection however possible. We’ve seen “successful” drug dealers at 9-10 years of age, just trying to feed themselves and what remains of their families.
One of our project partners in California operates as a private Non-Profit school of last resort in the community, who accept only students public schools will not accept because they’ve been expelled everywhere else. The program is guided by a visionary core of teachers, counselors, coaches and volunteers that work together to create a voluntary agreement with an identifiable parent, (usually a mom) to get her/him into rehab and counseling while the children are allowed to refocus on their own education and long ignored personality development needs, instead of survival and avoidance.
The faculty (with the assistance of many community volunteers) calls the students up to a standard of highly committed and honest communication, responsibility, and self-governed behavior. Nutritious food is freely made available for the whole family to be brought home from school (often for the first time ever there is enough food in the house) without making anyone feel dependent or disrespected.
The results among the students are astonishing as the students begin to realize they do not need to lie and manipulate to receive the love and disciplined communication they are starving for. Many of the children come into the school either virtually illiterate or several years behind their age appropriate grade level, and within months have caught up and begin to excel and strive to become honor students. The esprit de corps of the student body and the inclusion of the new students into the school when they first arrive is a testament to the gratitude and thanksgiving these kids have for being a part of the school.
Stories of Hope
- Stories from the Philippines
- Micailine & Micailda - Haiti
- Taxi Delivery - Mexico
- Yosef - Afghanistan
- Children from Kenya
- Street Children No More - Uganda
- Anena Nancy - Uganda
- Vanessa Namatovu "was" a portrait of abandonment