© Powered by Bade
Select program area OR country
Select program area OR language
Globally millions of children are in great need of psychosocial support due to conflict, HIV/AIDS and poverty related issues. Conflict has orphaned or separated more than 2 million children from their families over the last two decennia. Over 15 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and that number is expected to jump to more than 20 million in 2010. Many of these children are receiving no psychosocial support at all.
The consequences of these traumatized children growing up with little to no psychosocial support are enormous, not only for their own lives but also for the social and economic development of their countries. If early interventions don't take place this future generation may suffer from psychosocial disorders for the rest of their lives.
Children without the guidance and protection of their primary caregivers are often more vulnerable and at risk of becoming victims of violence, exploitation, trafficking, discrimination or other abuses. In conflict situations, involuntary separation from both family and community protection, greatly increases the child's risk of exposure to violence, physical abuse, exploitation and even death. Surviving children face malnutrition, illness, physical and psychosocial trauma, and impaired cognitive and emotional development.