Adults Helping Kids

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY

Oxfam says the wealth of worlds richest 1% is now equal to the other 99%. 

The richest 1% now have as much wealth as the rest of the world combined, according to Oxfam. It uses data from Credit Suisse from October 2016  for the report, which urges world leaders  and world business leaders to take action on inequality.


These 8 Men Control Half the Wealth on Earth



Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger. Poor nutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5—about 3 million children die each year because their bodies don't have enough of the basic nutrients they need to function and grow.

Now read this.



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Great Charitable Organisation in India

Time is of the essence. Every single day in high risk communities girls are trafficked, women are beaten, and infants are thrown away because they are female.

Have you ever wanted to have a big impact to free and equip girls and women, but felt your investment would be too small to address these injustices? Collective giving has proven to result in achieving support goals for critical work in a very short amount of time.


Because of your heart to free and equip women and girls, you are invited to be part of a pilot program of She Is Safe called, Safe Ventures, a collective investment opportunity launching this year.


Members of Safe Ventures give collectively for greater impact and vote to direct their investments to a She Is Safe outreach that urgently needs funding to set more victims free while extending the gospel.

https://sheissafe.org/donate/safeventures/



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE INSANITY OF THE WAR IN SYRIA & IT'S EFFECT ON CHILDREN

Syrian refugee numbers reach 5 million

It's been five years since the onset of the civil war in Syria and there is no end in sight. In just the past few months intense fighting has taken a high toll on civilians across Aleppo, which prior to Syria’s conflict was the country’s largest city and commercial hub. With no effective ceasefire in place, men women and children are fleeing, telling harrowing stories of weeks of bombardment, and shortages of food, medical care and fuel for heating.

Ongoing fighting has seen a surge in people fleeing the country in the last few months, with refugee numbers now reaching over 5 million.

Syrian children and families have witnessed unspeakable violence and bear the brunt of the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of people have died. 6.3 million Syrians are displaced within the country. Half of those affected are children.

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Written by:

Dr. Samantha Nutt    http://warchild.ca/work/     PLEASE CONTRIBUTE

The Syrian Children: Some bear physical scars. All carry emotional ones. On the Syrian border, where the swell of refugees fleeing a bloody and unrelenting conflict shows no sign of abating, the stories that are the hardest to hear belong to the children. War permeates their dreams at night. It has made many of them too anxious to go to school, to leave their homes, or to be more than a few feet from their parents. Children who were once confident, bright and articulate now cower in corners of make-shift tents, eyes downcast, the strain of their lives palpable.

There is five year old Mada, whose hands shake so uncontrollably that she has difficulty dressing herself. Nadiyya, also five, stopped speaking for three years after a mortar exploded in front of her house. Her mother Rasha, pregnant with her second child, immediately bundled her daughter up and fled to the Jordanian border, which she calls “the journey of death.” Like most Syrian refugees, Rasha and her children can barely get through the day, drained as they are by fear and exhaustion. They don’t think about the future, she says, because it is too difficult to imagine one.

As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, international agencies worry about the “lost generation” – the children of war who are now years behind in their schooling, and who feel dislocated in an environment that often treats them as interlopers. Syrian children who do manage to enroll in local schools must rejoin at a lower grade level – something that older children say embarrasses them and causes them to be stigmatized by their peers.  Their extreme poverty, the lack of running water in their homes that makes it impossible to wash themselves or their clothes, and the very fact that they are Syrian, often result in bullying.  Parents notice changes in their children’s behaviour as well: their screams in the dark; their unexplained tearfulness; and, their attention and behavioural problems.

But for some children, like ten year old Ameera, school itself is simply too painful to think about.

Ameera wears an orange-knit dress with threadbare sleeves, which she ritually pulls at. A once outgoing little girl with high grades, Ameera no longer attends school – she cannot even bear the thought of it. The last time she sat in a classroom, a missile landed in the school’s courtyard, instantly killing fifty primary school children. Ameera placed her hands over her head as her two best friends, seated a few rows in front of her, were blasted with glass and shrapnel. Amidst the smoke and confusion she ran to them, but her teacher prevented her from seeing them. The girls were already dead. The teacher then led Ameera out the back of the school, and instructed her to run home without stopping. This is her lasting memory of grade five.

Shortly after the missile attack at Ameera’s school, her father, Fayez, began making arrangements for this family of nine to make a run for the border, believing that it was safer to take their chances with what lay ahead than to face what was surely coming for them. The day of their departure, over 100 people – neighbours and friends – were pulled from their homes and hiding places and, according to Fayez, were butchered with knives or gunned down as they ran. Fayez grabbed his children, hastily bundling them into the car behind their home, and fled.

Now in Jordan’s northern refugee area, Fayez is unable to earn a living because he cannot afford the necessary work permits and has shrapnel damage to one arm. Still, he hopes that with time and support his children will have a chance at recovery, and that Ameera will once again be excited to go to school. “I want to be a doctor” she told me. Her wish is that someday she might be able to stop people from dying.

What children like Ameera need – desperately – is to feel safe. This is why War Child’s first priority is to reduce the immediate risk of violence, exploitation and abuse. In the coming months and years we will need to address the education deficit, with accelerated learning classes that will help children catch up their missed years of school quickly. This will allow them to either join the formal Jordanian school system or remain in the program to continue their education. A safe place to go and a return to learning – important first steps on the long journey to a restored childhood.

The war in Syria has precipitated the biggest refugee crisis in twenty years. But it is the stories of individual children like Ameera that give us a sense of the true scale of the tragedy. The suffering of Syria’s children cannot be ignored. It demands action.  Please give generously today.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Save The Children

With the current crisis in Sudan being ignored by a majority of the world's governments, there is a huge demand for help for the starving and oppressed families, currently the victims of extraordinary crimes and human rights abuses.

Want to help? Save the Children Fund is one of the premier child charities. Depending on what country you live in, your donation can be a tax deduction.

The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.[3] It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

In addition to the UK organisation, there are 29 other national Save the Children organisations who are members of the Save the Children Alliance, a global network of nonprofit organisations supporting local partners and Save the Children International in more than 120 countries around the world. Further, Save the children has been involved in other innitiatives through partners such as Bernard Arnault Africa Relief (BAAR International)which has operations in various parts of Kenya such as Elgeyo Marakwet, Kajiado, Homa Bay, Narok, Makueni and Machakos, as well as Southern Sudan.

The organization promotes policy changes in order to gain more rights for young people[4] especially by enforcing the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Alliance members coordinate emergency-relief efforts, helping to protect children from the effects of war and violence.[3] Save the Children has general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

To donate, click on a the country where you live.


















Friday, April 28, 2017

The Deaf Children of Nicaragua

INSPIRING.

Nicaraguan Sign Language (ISN; Spanish: Idioma de SeƱas de Nicaragua) is a sign language largely spontaneously developed by deaf children in a number of schools in western Nicaragua in the 1970s and 1980s.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPeuHAQocdQ&feature=youtu.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Make Heinous Crimes Against Children a Capital Offence


  • Danish man charged with ordering the sexual abuse of 346 children 
  • U.S. Failed To Protect Child Migrants From Abuse And Trafficking
  • Irving Man Charged In Child Abuse Case That Left 1-Year-Old Dead
  • Europe now hosts majority of child sex abuse images (60 per cent), pushing North America into second place (37 per cent), 
  • The FBI in Oklahoma City has confirmed it is investigating a Republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges 
  • For more than 25 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses officials have instructed local leaders – known as elders – in all of the religion’s 14,000 U.S. congregations to hide sexual abuse from law enforcement
  • Pedophile pop star Gary Glitter gets 16 years' jail for child sex offences
  • Three parents had been charged in a Bexar County case involving eight children, including two who were found chained and leashed in the backyard in April, at a home in the Camelot II subdivision.
  • San Antonio police arrested Arjunkumar Rana, 19, on Thursday and charged him with capital murder after the medical examiner ruled that his 2-month-old son, Alexander Rana, died of asphyxiation by neck compression on March 24.

The above is just a very,very tiny little taste of abuse and criminal neglect against children the most vulnerable of our society. found after just a brief browse on the internet, Though I am not a pro-capital punishment advocate, in the case of premeditated crimes against children, particularly against babies and very young children I lean in that direction.
  




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The 3 Worst Countries in the World to be a Child

Zimbabwe

The problem: One in eight kids will die before the age of 5, according to the United Nations.

The cause: AIDS and poverty. Zimbabwe once had one of the best healthcare systems in Africa, but skyrocketing inflation caused by Robert Mugabe's misguided economic policies and a 3,000 percent increase in healthcare costs in recent years have destroyed Zimbabwe's hospitals. 

Today, food shortages, lack of medicines, and a failing education system leave Zimbabwean kids with tragically bleak futures, and thousands make the dangerous trek to South Africa each year in search of a better life. To make a miserable situation even worse, one in five children has been orphaned by AIDS.

What needs to be done: Zimbabwe needs more resources for HIV education and prevention efforts that encourage long-term change in risky behaviors, along with new investments in hospitals. Sane fiscal policies to stop the hyperinflation that has destroyed Zimbabwe's economy wouldn't hurt, either.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The problem: Child soldiers. About 40 percent of all soldiers in the DRC are kids, half of them young girls who have been forced into sexual slavery.

The cause: The legacy of war. Guerrilla and paramilitary forces kidnapped approximately 30,000 children for use as fighters, guards, and sex slaves during the countrys second civil war, which ended in 2003. Despite a formal end to the conflict, the use of child soldiers persists, as groups opposed to the government continue to force children to fight. Those who have escaped the fighting often find it extremely difficult to reintegrate into society, and many wind up on the streets. More than 20,000 street children live in Kinshasa, the capital, where they suffer from malnutrition and physical and sexual abuse.


What needs to be done: The DRC, after decades of war, needs to make permanent peace and establish programs to rescue child soldiers and reintegrate them into normal life. As for the street children, the government and international aid organizations have launched a campaign to make the public more aware of their plight, and they are targeting their abusers. Law enforcement officials, instead of throwing these kids into prison with adults, are working to rehabilitate dilapidated juvenile detention centers.

India

The problem: Child labor. An estimated 12 million Indian children toil in hard labor instead of attending school.

The cause: Economic growth and urbanization. As economies throughout Asia have grown dramatically in recent years, the demand for cheap labor has exploded. In many cases, children meet that demand. The problem is most acute in India. Most child workers there are migrants from rural areas, and they work shifts as long as 16 hours for pittances, generally less than $2.50 a day. The government has gone so far as to ban the practice, but it has had little success in combating it. Police generally ignore the problem, and even when a factory exploiting child laborers is shut down, another appears in its place.


What needs to be done: The Indian government recognizes the problem, and last year amended its Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Act to expand on what constitutes child labor. However, without enforcement, the practice will continue unabated.



















Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trudeau falls short on commitment to Grassy Narrows mercury problems, chief says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/prime-minister-grassy-narrows-1.3939095


And Trudeau's government is failing their children. 


The level of mercury found in the umbilical cords of babies in Grassy Narrows First Nation was high enough to affect their brain development, according to a new report obtained by the Star.

Between 1978 and 1994 Health Canada tested the umbilical cord blood of 139 infants in Grassy Narrows.

“At these cord blood concentrations, there is consensus from the scientific literature that there would be effects on children’s neurodevelopment,” the report, written by Dr. Donna Mergler, says.

In the report, the leading expert reviews decades of scientific research on mercury’s effects and highlights the hidden impact of contamination on a community.

Mergler said that what recent science tells us is that mercury poisoning occurs at low levels previously thought harmless. At these low levels, a fetus is vulnerable to cognitive damage even if the child’s mother does not show signs of poisoning.

The scientist, whose research specializes in the effects of environmental pollutants such as mercury, wrote it was “surprising” that although world-renowned Japanese researchers had identified many cases of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, there has never been a “scientifically sound” community-wide examination of pre- and postnatal mercury contamination.

Advocates for Grassy Narrows have been trying to obtain the original cord blood data and other information collected by Health Canada over more than two decades so that their own experts can analyze it.

For six months, Health Canada said it would not release the data — even with identifying information removed — citing privacy concerns, according to email correspondence obtained by the Star.

On Thursday, one day after the Star asked Health Canada why the information could not be released, First Nation community advocates received an email from the regulator saying they could have the data.

The original contamination began when a Dryden, Ont., paper plant dumped 10 tonnes of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, into the English-Wabigoon River system between 1962 and 1970. The site of the plant, now under different ownership, is about 100 kilometres upstream from Grassy Narrows.

The locals, who’d built a livelihood as fishing and hunting guides, were told to stop eating the fish. The robust fishing tourism industry was decimated. The fishermen and guides went on welfare.

More than 300 residents (50 of them children) from Grassy Narrows and another community were diagnosed with “symptoms consistent with mercury poisoning” — including loss of muscle co-ordination, vision loss, slurred speech and tunnel vision — and awarded compensation from a Mercury Disability Board. A separate protocol was set up for children that also tests for cerebral palsy and some developmental delays.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The innocent souls of cruel wars: Children

They are poor and innocent souls. While running around and playing in joy in their homes, on their streets or in their backyards, they suddenly lose their lives when a bomb is dropped upon them. Those who are able to survive, on the other hand, are all too often left injured and crippled due to the debris falling upon. They end up looking at the devastated bodies of their parents, their brothers and sisters, and their friends in deep sorrow, confusion and despair.