These are the Facts
Mercy Projects would like to thank the Christian Alliance for Orphans, of which we are a member, for their in depth analysis of the global orphan crisis reprinted here. We affirm the historic Christian understanding—conveyed in Scripture and affirmed by social science —that God intended the family as the essential environment for children. We believe the ideal outcome for every orphan is to know the love and nurture of a permanent family.
Current Global Estimates
Although reflecting only broad projections, the estimated number of orphans globally currently reported by the US Government and UNICEF include:
o 17.8 million children worldwide have lost both parents (“double orphan”).
o 153 million children worldwide have lost either one parent (“single orphan”) or both parents.
Missing From the Estimates
One of the greatest weaknesses in these global orphan estimates is that they include only orphans that are currently living in homes. They do not count the estimated 2 to 8+ million children living in institutions. Nor do current estimates include the vast number of children who are living on
the streets, exploited for labor, victims of trafficking, or participating in armed groups. Thus, global orphan statistics significantly underestimate the number of orphans worldwide and fail to account for many children that are among the most vulnerable and most in need of a family. Many of these children who live in orphanages or on the streets are known as “social orphans.” Although one or even both of their parents may be alive, social orphans rarely see their parents or experience life in a family. Some never do. Global orphan statistics shed virtually no light on the reality of the vast number of social orphans who have one or more living parents, yet experience life as if they did not.
Our goal is to make every orphan we meet feel like our family member
1) We are a family that hopefully keeps growing with smiles and plenty of hugs that gives every child we meet a sense of worth.
2) In our family we teach about being a part of a community and contributing to its success.
3) By helping provide essential needs for a child to develop properly not only helps them but also allows us to set new standards for tomorrows society.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa