Child poverty can be devastating – and it lasts a lifetime.”
Child poverty often results after the loss of both or one parent. This makes the children extremely vulnerable to disease and malnutrition. They are at a high risk of physical and sexual abuse, miss out on education and are unable to acquire academic or vocational skills.
According to UNICEF, 95% of the world’s total orphans are aged five and over. The staggeringly high figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost one parent.
Wars, natural disasters and the current Covid-19 pandemic are leading to an increase in the number of orphans daily.
The life of an orphan is often one of neglect, suffering and poverty. They step into adulthood bearing trauma, abandonment issues, ill health and lack of academic or vocational skills, continuing down the path of poverty.
At ATI, we try to break this vicious cycle of poverty. Our primary concern is to ensure the mental and physical well being of these orphaned children, and offering them a good education. We believe that providing them with a supportive and nurturing environment by keeping them close to their extended family and friends is paramount for a well-adjusted development.