1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
In Nakuru, Kenya, about 140 families and 300 children live within the Gioto Garbage Slum. These families not only depend on their basic human needs from the garbage dump, but actually reside on top of it. While these families live within the garbage, most are victims of rape, HIV, or abuse.
Most families in the slum are made up of single mothers and grandmothers who are the sole providers for their children. However, living and working within the slums does not provide enough opportunities. Designer Ryan Clements created Fashion. love, Africa to help create a steady income for the ladies by selling handmade bags with materials gathered by the women. These hand knitted bags are constructed from post consumer plastic bags. The profits from the bags provide aid to the entire slum; to help in relocation, child sponsorship, medical assistance, and savings and loan programs. Who would think that buying one stylish bag could make such a difference?
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Lost and helpless,
Her passport taken away
Her ID taken away
In search of a better way
Paid them to chase the dream life
But ended up paying with her freedom
Lost without friends in a foreign land
Her dreams lost to slave masters
Beaten and abused,
Raped and they were amused.
Left his home country,
Only to be forced into labour
Paid with lashes,
His dreams, burnt down to ashes
His whole life flashes,
Because he would rather die
Than be forced to live a lie,
Open your eyes,
Feel the cries;
Of Kenyans in the Middle East
Trafficked like worthless beasts
Feel the cries;
Of young girls in our streets,
Enticing you to the sheets,
Only to give that money to pimps
Ten Thousand Villages is a unique collection of many different products: earings, nativities, baskets, rugs, musical instruments, decorative mirrors, cards, notebooks, ornaments, games and puzzles, sea salt, and much more.
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“Every second of every day children are orphaned by disease, women are widowed by conflicts, families are devastated by natural disasters and refugees are relocated to new countries. These are the heartbreaking stories of the vulnerable.”
World Relief stands for the vulnerable. Their purpose is to empower communities to holistically serve with initiatives in education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, anti-trafficking, immigrant services, micro-enterprise, disaster response and refugee resettlement. World Relief works within local communities and around the globe. Although World Relief works within several different areas of vulnerability, each area works through the process of healing, reconciliations, transformation and empowerment.
Stand/For the Displaced
Stand/For the Devastated
Stand/With Me: Get Involved! To learn how you can help World Relief, click here.
Shop at World Relief’s online store, the Catalogue of Hope. Purchase practical items for those in need: such as backpacks for refugees in the United States, goats for families in Zambia, or help provide services to victims of human trafficking, click here.
In 2011, UNICEF estimated there were 11 million street children in India. That number is considered a conservative estimate.
The Indian Embassy has estimated that there are 314,700 street children in the metro areas such as Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Kanpur, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, and around 100,000 in Delhi alone.
This information is cited from Consortium for Street Children.