A glimpse into the life of a street child
The term “street children” usually refers to children who live and work on the streets or in public places such as markets. Many of these precious children find themselves in this situation as the result of poverty, war, abuse or other family issues. According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 100 million children living on the streets worldwide. However, the exact number of street children is nearly impossible to come by. These children usually have little to no supervision from adults and out of desperation, many of them are forced to do things like beg and steal in order to survive.
Children who live on the streets are unable to receive an education or proper healthcare. They are incredibly vulnerable yet hard to protect, making them an easy target for exploitation.
According to the World Health Organization, there are three types of street children:
- A child “of the streets”- these children have been abandoned by their family or are orphans with no surviving family members. They are solely responsible for their own survival. They have to find shelter and food however they can.
- A child “on the street”- these children have family and are in regular contact with them. Many of them spend their days on the streets in order to escape abuse or because of overcrowding in their home. In some instances a child “on the street” is responsible for bringing in additional income for the family.
- A child of a street family – these children live on the streets with their families. Usually these families have come up against a tragedy or hardship like war, natural disaster, or simply unemployment.
Street Children Awareness day is an opportunity to speak up on behalf of the rights of street children around the globe. They are precious in the eyes of the Father and deserve to feel safe, valued, and loved. They deserve to have their basic needs met, and to have the opportunity to receive an education so they have the hope of a more sustainable future.
Would you join us in praying for these children?
Having a safe and secure place to live and learn allows children to be children, and encourages their development into healthy teens and young adults. If you would like to help our local church partners repair and rebuild homes for vulnerable children, you can do so by giving to the Infrastructure Development Fund to the right.