Underprivileged Children in the World
There are so many underprivileged children. Homeless children rule the streets and they wander about with no houses, no education and without proper sanitary conditions, food and water. These children lack basic necessities! Orphaned children in orphanages lack the love of a mother or the guidance of a father. They grow up without parents and sometimes some go astray because there are no responsible adults around them to teach them what is right and what is wrong. There are war affected children living in refugee camps. Their parents are sometimes dead. They have seen atrocities committed right in front of their eyes. Their moral codes are a little warped and messed up, because they have not had a ‘normal childhood.’ There are children living in refugee camps due to natural disasters that robbed them of everything like tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and storms. They are without basic necessities that will allow them to live without contracting dangerous diseases.
The Hope in the Darkness – the SDGs and the MDGs
But it is not like they are living without hope. Humans have compassion, kindness which they can use to help these children, and at the same time there are children who can be resilient against disasters, adversities and atrocities. Today there are so many charities and non-governments organizations that are willing to help these underprivileged children. The UN has programs focusing exclusively on underprivileged children. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of 2015(the SDGs) talk about completely eradicating poverty, and providing primary education to EVERY single child in this world by 2030. The MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) of 2000, focused on reducing the percentages of poverty, and increasing primary education for children, while the new policies of SDGs, focus on completely removing these things from the world we live in.
Adoption of Children
People today are more open about adopting children of their own. Think of famous celebrities like Madonna or Brad Pitt and Angelina who have adopted many kids and become role models for fans and people worldwide! You can bring a smile to an underprivileged child’s face. By providing things like a good education, clean clothes, warm food and a kind family to them, the past trauma in their minds can be removed or subdued. You can provide them with pens and pencils to draw on paper or the best crafts kits.
Teaching them about painting with numbers can help to improve their drawing skills, as well as bring out the traumas they still have in their minds to help them deal with them. The colors a child uses to draw tell a lot about his personality and his experiences.
Moreover, humanitarians all around the world are trying to help war affected children. Protecting the child and the child’s rights are very important.