All children are vulnerable and in need of love. But here are 10 different groups of children who are easily forgotten or overlooked, and who desperately need to be loved and cared for.
1. Trafficked Children
Over 45 million people are enslaved worldwide. Many of these are children who are too young to defend themselves. International Justice Mission (IJM) is an organization dedicated to rescuing and defending victims of human trafficking. Give to IJM here or choose a child-specific gift from their catalog here.
2. Refugee Children
Refugee children’s needs are apt to be forgotten in the swarm of political debates going on about refugees right now. But no matter where you stand on immigration policies, refugee children are still human beings in need of help. Through World Help, you can provide refugees in refugee camps with food, water, sleeping bags and other basic necessities.
3. Children Living in Poverty Overseas
Compassion International helps impoverished children through providing them with medical help, educational assistance, and vocational training. Check out Compassion International’s website for ways to love children overseas.
4. Children with Disabilities
Many children around the world suffer from disabilities that are treatable. Unfortunately, the price for the treatment is often more than their family can afford. Mercy Ships gives free life-changing medical care to people overseas. A child with a tumor, a cleft lip, or a crippled foot can be healed in a way they never expected.
5. Children with Cleft Lips
Children with cleft lips are ostracized and considered cursed in many cultures. Although the surgery to correct a cleft lip is simple, many families cannot afford it. Operation Smile provides hundreds of thousands of free surgeries to children overseas. Once they have a new smile, these children are essentially given a new life.
6. Children Living in Poverty in the U.S.A.
While the United States is in some ways prosperous, there are still many families who struggle to make ends meet. Salvation Army is well-known for its hunger relief. A smaller, but very efficient organization, Gleaning for the World, partners with food banks and pantries in the U.S.A. to provide healthy food to low-income families.
7. Children Whose Parents are Incarcerated
Children who have a parent in prison can feel abandoned, lonely and ashamed. The Angel Tree Christmas, a ministry of Prison Fellowship, allows incarcerated parents to connect with their children through a Christmas gift. Angel Tree also gives sponsorships to children with incarcerated parents to attend summer camps. Donate to Angel Tree here.
8. Foster Children
Over 400,000 children are in the U.S. foster system. Without a stable home environment, a foster child easily becomes invisible. Even if you are not able to be a foster parent (which foster children definitely need), you can donate to organizations that minister to foster children. Together We Rise loves foster kids in practical ways, including giving them new duffel bags (with a new teddy bear in each bag) to carry their belongings in.
9. Children Fighting Cancer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researches different treatments for childhood cancer. Furthermore, St. Jude does not bill any of their patients’ families for their treatment there. Donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and help children fight cancer.
10. Unborn Children
Many women with crisis pregnancies choose abortion because they are afraid, coerced into it by their families or boyfriends, or because they are not aware of all their options. Save the Storks advocates for unborn children while also showing compassion and love for their mothers. Among other ministries, they provide pregnant women with free ultrasounds and information about their different options.
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