A child’s essential needs include a stable living environment that is safe, structured, and loving. A nutritious and balanced diet is crucial for proper development, and an education to prepare the child for a sustainable future.

However, for children without families, these needs are poorly satisfied, if at all. According to UNICEF, there are 132 million orphans worldwide, of which 13 million have lost both parents – that’s equivalent to the population of Ireland and Sweden combined.

With the absence of parents or relatives as caregivers, a child who is abandoned, lonely, hungry, and scared; suffers numerous additional traumas and deficits. Without prevention, these early experiences and needs deprivation perpetuate a bleak future, turning into additional hardship, isolation, and dysfunction; with consequences affecting the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritually dimensions of the child.