The Dangers Facing Vulnerable Children
Every child should have the chance to be a kid. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. These staggering graphics reveal the dangers vulnerable children face. You can help stop the unacceptable.
15 Jun, 2016
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. —Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV
Life becomes increasingly more difficult when you’re an orphaned child living in poverty. Seven-year-old twins from Ethiopia, Eyerus and Meseret, were already in poverty’s grip when their mother died suddenly. Now orphaned, their older sister Mekdes had to drop out of school to care for them. Homelessness was their glaring reality until their mother’s friend took them in. With shelter but no money, working on a construction site was the only option for Mekdes. She does not want to put her sisters into care but the three girls still face an uncertain future. They are orphans and they are vulnerable. Read more of their story here.
There are many different circumstances which leave children living in poverty in danger. When Marlon from Ecuador was abandoned by his parents after suffering horrific burns in an accident, he was vulnerable. He spent six months in intensive care; his only visitors were Compassion staff. While Marlon survived the terrible trauma, life is still a fight for survival. There will be more operations and skin grafts until he is fully grown. With only his aunt to look out for him, life is unstable. The scars run deeper than his skin. Read more of his story here.
All children should benefit from a childhood. One where they are able to just be kids. For nine-year-old Brayan from Nicaragua, he found himself in child labour in order to help feed his family. Brayan’s day would start early and finish late at night. He sold tortillas on the street to support his family and would not return home until he had sold every last one. The streets were not safe for a young boy, with gang violence and danger as immediate threats. One day he was robbed. Brayan has been exploited and he is vulnerable. Read more of his story here.
This doesn’t have to be the final story for these children. Through the Highly Vulnerable Children’s fund, children in Compassion’s programs who face extremely high-risk situations are provided with extra support and care. Help provide safety, relief and hope to these children and stop the unacceptable. Donate today.