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.
Abandoned Children's Fund has not forgotten these helpless children and orphans.
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.
These are the Abandoned Children we seek to serve.
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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.
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We provide housing, shelter and basic human needs such as food, education, health care and life skills training to abandoned children, desperate victims of disease, war and extreme poverty by supporting better family health care through donated medicine and provided funding for medicine, medical supplies, clothing, orphan care (housing, food, clothing, education and health care) for abandoned children around the world. See our profile »
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We are a member of Independent Charities of America. ICA is a federated group representing charitable organizations that specialize in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, protecting the children and healing the sick. This is the core of our mission.
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Some of the countries we serve
Every year, tens of thousands of parents abandon one or more of their children.
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