"An entire generation of children is being
· There are an estimated 150 million children who
call the streets of the world home. (UNICEF,
· The most commonly used number for homeless children in
the USA is 450,000(1991). Statistics reach up to 500,000 - 750,000. (National
Coalition for the Homeless, 1990)
· 40,000 children under 5 years old die daily. (14 million
annually) (UNICEF, 1991)
· In Bogota Columbia missionaries with Action International
have 50,000 children
living on the streets of that city to care for.
· Mexico City has 1,900,000 kids on the streets, 240,000 of
them are abandoned. (Action International, 1996)
· In one year Guatemalan police have publicly executed up
to 40 street children and injured hundreds more. The government admits to only
5,000 street children in Guatemala City. (Relin, 1991)
· Brazil may house the most abandoned children in the
world, their numbers range from 12 to 24 million
Between 1985-1991 as many as 1,500 of these children were murdered. (Relin, 1991)
children are uniquely powerless... they are forced to fend for themselves. no
one protects them.
they are considered equal to trash in the eyes of many adults.
· 70,000 - 75,000 children in Manila live on the streets.
About 30% of the boys and girls as young as 8 years old work as prostitutes. (Relin,
· 800,000 girls 12-16 years old are prostitutes in
Thailand. Parents sell children into bondage. (UNICEF, 91)
· 1.3 minion crippled children beg for employers in Bombay. (Relin, 1991)
Children are a commodity. Bought and sold, purposely maimed, used to earn money and then, they die.
· 62% of the girls on Brazilian streets will either commit
suicide or be murdered before they are 18. (Switz.)
· An estimated 260,000 children were left after
Cheausescu's government toppled in Romania. Half of these abandoned children
were sent to a 77 bed shelter, the remainder were labeled as handicapped and
placed in "death houses". (World Press Review, 1991)
children, primarily boys, live at St. Petersburg airport, formally
Russia. Militia round them up and place them in prison, institutes or
return them home. Yearly 3,000 runaway. (World Press Review, 1992)
20,000 - 30,000 children living on the streets of Moscow are viewed as
"genetically inferior," subhuman, dispensable. (National Catholic
Christ is the only hone for their future. One child at a time, we can make a difference.
· By 2000 AD, there will be 1,000,000 orphans in South
Africa due to AIDS, 65-70% will turn to crime & prostitution. (Children's
Ministries Convention, 1996)
· There are 1,000,000 orphans in Uganda (Wayfarers
· In Zambia 600,000 children will be orphaned by the year
2000 as a result of AIDS (Action Intl., 6/96)
· 400,000 African children carry HIV. An estimated 2.5
million will die of AIDS & 5 million more will become AIDS orphans by 2000
AD. (Operation World)
a new and growing subculture of Homeless/street children is emerging.
· In the 60's & 70's the number of homeless children
remained constant. For example, NYC had 1400 homeless children. Then in the 80's
the population began to grow: in 1984 there were 7000; 1987 12,303; and 1991
20,000 kids were homeless in NYC. (Zuckerman, 1988 &N.C. for the Homeless,
you look there are children. Their names: orphan, abused & unloved,
abandoned, polluted, castoffs, just another mouth to feed, unwanted burden,
unexpected accident, headache, added expense, nuisance, good-for-nothing, trash,
thief, disposable ones, vermin, garbage... today the picture, isn't pretty.
You can make a difference in what tomorrow will be like for children of