An orphan is any child who has lost one or more parents through death or abandonment. However, there is more than just one kind of orphan. A double orphan has lost both parents and a single orphan has lost just one parent. There are also social orphans who are abandoned by their parents, family members, or care givers. These children are effectively orphaned by society and left to fend for themselves.
In every other part of the world the number of orphans is decreasing, in Africa the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Here are some disturbing facts: Over 30 percent of the children who die in the world are Africans, even though they make up only 10% of the world’s children. 19,000 African children die every single day Over 1 million children are orphaned every year There are more than 90,000 new orphans every month … more than 2,900 every single day The numbers are staggering and the misery is unimaginable. Most of these children have been orphaned due to the AIDS pandemic, which generates more orphans than any other disease the world has ever known, crisis and war has rendered alot of children orphans too.
When my late dad retired and when to volunteer in an orphanage, i was visiting and checking on them, i discovered that the demand for care and support is overwhelming, Families and communities are struggling to provide for themselves, never mind taking care of orphans.
Most of these children are often raised by their grandparents, members of their extended family, or left on their own in households headed by other children or left to fend for themselves and to the mercy of their surroundings, exposed to so many dangers.
While the physical needs of orphans, such as nutrition and health care, are the most urgent needs, the emotional impact on children who have lost a parent is also a serious concern. Having a parent become sick and die is a major trauma for any child, and affects them for the rest of their lives. Many children die from malnutrition, lack of medical attention, or neglect. There are simply not enough resources to provide them with even the most meager necessities to survive. While their life is difficult, they are not without hope. Jesus says in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” We trust that God sees each of these children and is at work to bring change in their lives.
“But God will not come from heaven to provide for these kids, he blesses us to be blessings”
It doesn’t take much to visit an orphanage, it doesn’t take much to put a smile on a child’s face.
A wise man said this yesterday; We must not wait to be highly rich before we help people. My little experience with homes and orphanages has taught me that its not the resources, its the heart, buy foodstuff, they’ll eat and forget you, play with them, put a smile on their faces, take their minds off of their predicaments, they’ll never forget you. God has called me to serve humanity through orphanage ministry, thats my passion, my dream and i accept it with an open arm.
I urge us all to discover our purpose, our calling and pursue it, meanwhile look for an orphanage nearby, go sow a seed, put a smile on a child’s face and God will bless you.