These statistics are alarming–the agencies in parentheses are the people doing the work to save these children.
- It is estimated that 153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, have lost one or both parents (UNICEF).
- HIV/AIDS has orphaned 17.9 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia (UNICEF).
- Over 7 million children are in institutional care worldwide (Save).
- One in five children living in developing countries is severely underweight (World Bank, UN).
- Over 1 billion children suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation of basic needs such as water, food, and sanitation (SOS).
- 19,000 children under the age of five died every day in 2011 (UNICEF).
- 22 million children are refugees or internally displaced, forced to flee their homes due to violence or natural disaster (UNHCR).
- Over 1 billion children live in countries affected by armed conflict (UNICEF).
- 67 million children of primary school age do not go to school (UNESCO).
- Children suffer from domestic violence everywhere. On every continent, households report domestic violence against children at rates ranging from 20 to 60% (UN DESA; UNICEF)
- There are over 120,000 orphans in America, while another 400,000 children live without permanent families (HHS; AFCARS).
- It is common for children in foster care to age out, leaving them with little financial or emotional support. 27,000 children age out of the system every year (AFCARS).
- Almost 25% of youth aging out did not have a high school diploma or GED (University of Chicago).
- 7.5 million girls are married before age 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF).
- There are 10.2 million orphaned children in Latin America, 5% of all children in the region (UNICEF).
- Women and children are especially vulnerable in Latin America; underage minors represent 50% of people living in extreme poverty (World Bank).