Never before have the immediate needs of vulnerable children and their families been so great. Covid-19, climate change, food insecurity and violence have only increased the vulnerability of some 79.5 million (UN 2019*) forcibly displaced persons.
1% of the world's population is displaced. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18*.
Refugees and those forcibly displaced face realities most of us simply can not truly comprehend. Often fleeing for their lives, families are forced to leave everything behind just to stay alive. Some must cross borders, many attempt to find shelter in camps for Informal Displaceed Persons (IDP) within their home country. Conditions are mostly devastating and children are highly vulnerable to violence, neglect, exploitation. Childhoods are robbed along with children's futures and dreams.
Childhood Rescue provides support in many ways - working directly with refugees, partner NGOs, and with government agencies. Support includes:
- Providing urgent and ongoing food assistance
- Establishing child-friendly spaces for psycho-social and mental health support
- Child awareness sessions and places to play and be a child
- WASH programs that provide water & sanitation programs and support
*UN statistics can be found here: https://www.unhcr.org/en-au/figures-at-a-glance.html