Orphaned and abandoned children suffer from a variety of injustices that were thrust onto them with no recourse – HIV/AIDS, poverty, and child trafficking are just a few of the threats. They are children plagued with abuse, disease, and hopelessness. However, they are children of promise, hope, and God. God gave His son to us to be in a relationship with us and join His family. What better way to emulate God’s love than to care for vulnerable children who are defenseless?
There are over 200 million children under 5 years of age who are often dealt a hand unfairly – out of their control and without any input. This often results in a lack of full developmental potential because of unwarranted situations, including, but not limited to poverty, malnutrition, war, HIV/AIDS, abuse, and insufficient care and educational opportunities.
Every single child that makes up the thousands or millions is a precious child, just like our own children. Children are brought into this world without any say and I pray that my resolve will continue to be strengthened to speak out for these children that have no voice. These orphans deserve an advocate, if not us then who.
IF NOT US, THEN WHO?
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in action and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
These verses embody our role to develop relationships with those in need- just as we are in need. The story of Christ is a story of love and redemption. God’s heart is to have an intimate relationship with us. To that end, we must have been called to answer the plight of children in need and to provide them with a future. We want to provide for children in need what God our Father has provided for us – a relationship, a hope, and a future. Our belief system implicates us to become involved in a relationship as we were pulled out of a broken story, we are called to pull broken children out.
Early Childhood Development
Early childhood development (ECD) is a necessary and cost effective method to promote continued growth and ensure a sustainable economy. Numerous studies suggest that investing in ECD produces some of the best returns for families, societies and countries. The case for investment can be made not only with respect to returns but also to the cost of inaction. Inaction has also been shown to bear an opportunity cost that shows diminishing returns. Studies have also demonstrated that interventions targeted to early childhood are important because they help reduce the impact of difficult early experiences. These experiences, if not addressed, often lead to poor health, lower educational achievement, welfare reliance, incarceration, and higher probability of drug use and depression – all of which add to the costs and burden on society.