Love them as I have loved you…
by Ebralie Mwizerwa
“World Children’s Day” will be celebrated on Monday, November 20. It is a time for the world community, churches and individuals from all walks of life, particularly believers, to express their dedication to and concern for the well-being of children.
The World Council of Churches is inviting its member churches worldwide to mark World Children's Day by organizing celebrations for children on November 19-20 and letting the voices and thoughts of children be heard. In many communities around the world, I am sure the focus will be on the problems faced by children and the important role of churches in supporting young people worldwide.
One of the biggest challenges facing children in our world today is poverty. Many children living in poverty are orphans and others are vulnerable in indescribable ways that are unacceptable by the standards of our society. The Outreach Foundation believes that all children have a right not just to survive, but to thrive and fulfill their potential for the benefit of a better world. This means giving them access to basic services while understanding the difficult situations children face in different parts of the world. Today over 150 million children live on the streets or in absolute poverty globally. They are at risk because many of them don’t have loving caregivers, are living in unhealthy environments, or have been traumatized in some way. The majority of these vulnerable children are in urban centers of developing countries in Africa, but there are also street children in Brazil, Haiti, and other parts of the world. Many of these children suffer from health problems like cholera, tuberculosis, anemia, and HIV/AIDS. They are exposed to a variety of toxic substances. They are faced with mistreatment and abuse and often go unseen. Many have inherited the name “invisible children” with no right to protection. They face numerous risks ranging from lack of identification to inadequate protection, which often results in exploitation through trafficking and forced labor.Read More