Millions of children around the world are born in stark realities. Some of whom have been trafficked, work in markets, mines, and do not go to school while, many others are trafficked into slavery, child soldiers and or prisoners of war.
Many of these trafficked children grow up in a daily life marked by violence that in turn, affect their mental states birthed from the images of war – abuses, persecutions, and loss of families and etc. These traumatized children suffer depressions, dream anxiety disorder, loss of self-worth and often, are the source of future aggression which result into premature deaths. According to the World Child Hunger Facts, “each year an estimated 15 million children die of hunger”.
All children around the world, no matter where they come from, have the rights to education, rights to health and shelters, rights to nutritive diets, rights to water and sanitation, rights to cares, and all other rights associated to humanity. Children who have access to their rights grow as independent individuals who can break through the cycle of poverty and are empowered to take their future into their own hands and play an active part in shaping it.
Unlike many other war-torn countries and poverty-stricken communities in the world, Liberia has spent a decade recovering from two ruinous back-to-back civil wars which ran from 1989 to 2003, leaving a quarter of a million people dead and the economy in tatters. Besides those wars fought and strikes of disease outbreaks, came Ebola in 2014 – 2015 which, hit Liberia hard, killing over 4,800 people, devastating the lives of thousands more and wreaking havoc on the country’s economy. Grief, fear, and panic were widespread. Efforts to contain the disease stalled market activities and caused many families’ livelihoods to suffer.
It was out of these atrocious conditions that “The Rescue Team” was given birth in 2016 with the objective to come up with a school feeding program (nutritional food, nutritional health programs) to feed poor children in selected schools and communities, provide shelter to street children as well as educate them; family tracing and reunification, parks’ programs that have linked the schools and Churches together, provide mental health services to those traumatized during and after the war or gone through other forms of abuses, etc.., because one of the best ways to forget about one’s troubles is to help others out of theirs.
In our project areas, numbers of Orphans, Semi Orphans, and Street Children, as well as parents with impaired visions, are found and taken off the streets through relief’ programs.
The problem of orphans/street children /single mothers is acute due to urbanization and industrialization. Due to the deaths of HIV/AIDS affected groups, re-marriage of deserted/ widowed/divorced women, the absence of love and security in families, Family disputes, Unwanted pregnancy leading to Trafficking / Sexually exploited girls and etc., these orphans and street children are left without care and support. Many of whom are involved in rag picking; pickpocketing and participating in anti-social, criminal activities, now find themselves in prisons where they’ve been ill-treated and abused.
Therefore, we envisage mainstreaming these children in the national building by providing care, support and protection in our children’s mission and anti recidivism programs. The idea of this program is to succeed in reducing recidivism.
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