Weʼre raising £1,000 to fundraise for FACE for Children in Need: a charity that re-integrates orphans, abandoned and street children in Egypt.
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'Street children': Children who experience poverty, homelessness or both. They often grow up in public landfills, train stations, our under the bridges of the world’s major cities. Because of conflicts with their family, these children don’t want to or can’t return home (humaniam.org definition).
There are over 150 million street children in the world today.
Having lived in Egypt, I would describe this as a loud yet silent epidemic that continues to grow. The reason that I say the epidemic is loud yet silent is because to many in Egypt, street children are considered as pests. They are often de-humaized and almost always subject to constant abuse from a young age. This includes physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse.
Most 'street kids' are deprived from basic love and care from family. They essentially live on the streets and fiend from themselves from a very young age - many being abandoned in the streets as newborns.
This is one of the issues that has disturbed me the most. It is one of the issues that I aim to try to help alleviate. After conducting much research on organisations that directly address this, I came across a charity called FACE for Children in Need (http://www.facechildren.org).
This charity was started in 2003 by Flavia-Shaw Jackson. In her own words, this is how the charity began:
"I held a baby in my arms and asked why he had so many wounds and scars on his face and body. I was told that he had been abandoned in the street when he was born and had been mauled by dogs and cats. It was a terrible shock, and I decided then and there that I would never give up...
FACE was born that day."
I regularly donate myself to this charity and have volunteered to try to assist with fundraising as I from the bottom of my heart am passionate about this cause. I am asking others to please donate as well to make a significant difference in the lives of innocent children who are born into these dire circumstances.
As a child, life should be revolved around parental love, innocence and playing amongst friends. It should not be about struggling for survival amongst an environment of continuous abuse and de-humanization, which is the norm for these children.
Your donations to this tremendous charity would be making a direct and immense difference to lives of children.
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