important in Igbo Culture and having many children
is considered a blessing. While the average
family with five children certainly has an advantage
for working in area farm fields, the family
often suffers economic deprivation that manifests
itself in children's stunted growth, poor physical
and emotional health, and illiteracy.
Unemployment in the area is
high. Adults and children who do work generally
tend their own farms or cottage industries
that produce little income.
Families live in squalid conditions,
often with seven or more people sharing one
room. There is little medical care for children,
many of whom suffer from malnutrition. In
these extreme economic conditions, sending
their children to school is a wish most families
dare not dream.
OneHopeChildren provides orphans and poor
children with quality health care and the
basic education that will improve their lives.
We focus on helping these children attain
at least basic education and skills that help
them break the circle of poverty for life!
Education decrease the likelihood of these
children getting involved with drugs, gangs,
prostitution, and other criminal activities
that can be lucrative.
Education can ensure that these children
can become good citizens and grow in their
dignity as children of God.
The average life expectancy in Awhum is just
50-60 years. Orphaned children are often left
to the care of relatives, and in too many
cases, the orphans are kept as domestic servants
who are abused and exploited as slaves.