Shockingly, it’s estimated that there are around 200 million orphans around the world. As international aid and development charity Human Appeal states, these youngsters are often the victims of natural disasters, wars and political upheaval. As well as having to cope without the protection of their parents, many of these children lack access to essential resources including clean water, food, proper shelter, healthcare and education.
The scale of this problem can seem overwhelming, but there are ways to reach out to orphaned children and do your bit to help them.
Donate your money and/or your time
One of the simplest and most effective ways to improve the lives of orphans is to donate money to charity projects. You can do this by setting up monthly payments or, if you can’t commit to providing money on a regular basis, making a one-off donation. According to Human Appeal, even seemingly small contributions can play an important role in providing children with food, medicine and clothing. It can also give them access to the thing that will help to ensure they have a brighter and more hopeful future – an education.
The charity currently sponsors youngsters across the world in countries including Macedonia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. As well as accepting general donations, it offers one-to-one sponsorships that give donors a chance to see how their money directly benefits a child.
If you’re looking for an alternative to donating money, you can attend fundraising events or register to take part in sponsored challenges. There are a variety of Human Appeal events organised throughout the year and you can find out more about them by visiting the charity’s website.
One boy’s story
One of the youngsters who has benefited from Human Appeal’s work is Noordin from Tanzania, whose father died before he was born and whose mother died in childbirth. He now lives with another family and is sponsored by the charity. The money pays for essentials like medicine and food, and it helps to ensure that he can attend school.
Noordin’s story highlights the positive impact that charity donations can have on children’s lives. Even a small act of kindness, whether it’s attending Human Appeal events or making a donation, can have a transformative effect on youngsters’ lives. You can discover more about the vital work being done by the charity to help orphans around the world by visiting its website.