The HIV/AIDS pandemic, famines, natural disasters, chronic poverty, ongoing conflicts, and civil wars have jeopardised the health, safety and survival of children globally, with more than 143,000,000 estimated to be orphans.The vast majority of these children live in the developing regions of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. An additional number of children are highly vulnerable due to factors such as disability. Orphans and vulnerable children face numerous risks, including exploitation, stigma and poor health and educational outcomes.
At Worldshare we support child-centered, family-focused, community-based programs that help extended families and local communities to meet the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable children by providing food, health care, including treatment of children living with HIV/AIDS, education expenses, and clothing.
We believe loving like Jesus means transforming the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.
There are more than 2.5 million orphans in Uganda today, often because of the prevalence of HIV. Our partner provides holistic support to 300 orphans and vulnerable children. The project includes education and essential health care support, as well as the integration of orphaned children with host families and associated living expenses such as bedding, lamps and cooking utensils. It supports the funding gaps of the child sponsorship project, through which children are provided with school fee contributions, school materials, and medical costs.
There are over 127,852 squatter families living in slum, conditions in metro Manila, in a desperate struggle for survival. Our partner assists children from squatter families, ensuring that the children can receive formal education, and have their medical costs provided for. This project supports the funding gaps of the child sponsorship project. In addition, this project aims to improve the living conditions of the children’s families by introducing a savings and small business association training for parents in squatter communities, giving them a way to improve the living conditions of their children.
There are many young people living on the streets in Goma, often having lost their family during conflict or having been abandoned, neglected or abused by their parents. These young people form groups and engage in destructive and dangerous behaviour. In response, our partner Heal Africa, has established a vocational centre, targeting the vocational training of these young people. The training covers the following skills: computer skills, bricklaying and general building, carpentry, soldering, sewing and small farming. In addition, Heal Africa offers psychosocial support to meet the children’s variety of needs and build their internal resilience for the future.
This project provides free education to 377 children from the poorest areas of Bangalore. These children typically come from families whose parents work in rock-cutting quarries, and face a life of exploitation and danger. Our partner helps to keep these children in school, ensuring that they might not be exploited due to lack of education or options. Bangalore City Mission also provides medical camps for these children’s communities.
Heal Africa provides schooling support to 150 orphans (frequently as a result of HIV/AIDS), children with disability, and unaccompanied children living in foster families in the area. This project supports the funding gaps of the child sponsorship project, through which children are provided with school fee contributions, school materials, and medical costs. In addition, foster families are provided with training seminars to assist in the healthy development of their foster children.