Monday, October 29, 2012

In the Numbers

It is estimated there are 143-210 million orphans in the world. To put that into perspective, the population in the US is just a little over 300 million.

Every day 5,760 more children become orphans.

In Ukraine alone, there are over 100,000 orphans.

Children typically age out of the orphanage system around age 15 or 16--unprepared for the life outside. They have no family to go to and no place to call home. 

After release, studies have shown that 60% of the girls become prostitutes, 70% of the boys become hardened criminals, and 10%-15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen. 

We may not be able to save all the orphans in the world (although Mark has always wanted a large family...), but we can make a difference in one or two of these children's lives. 

Watch this video to see the faces behind the numbers:


2 comments:

  1. Every child is precious and deserves a forever family! May God bless your endeavor to do this beautiful thing!

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