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Orphan Facts & Statistics

Throughout the world, tragedy separates parents from children leaving the broken lives of little ones who need caring people to intervene and change their paths. As the love of people grows colder, stories of terrible circumstances are everywhere. How bad is it? Here are some facts to keep you informed.

  • Fact: Nearly 144 million children across the world are orphans.
  • Fact: Every 2 seconds, another orphan dies from malnutrition.
  • Fact: 87.6 million orphans live in Asia. 43.4 million Orphans live in Sub-Saharan Africa. 12.4 million orphans live in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Fact: 6,000 children are orphaned by AIDS every day. That is a newly orphaned child every 14 seconds.
  • Fact: Even more often, malnutrition cripples children’s growth, renders them susceptible to disease, dulls their intellects, and diminishes their motivation and productivity.
  • Fact: India has more orphans than any other nation, totalling 35,000,000 in 2003; nearly 1 out of 10 of India’s children are orphans.
  • Fact: Millions of children suffer from micronutrient malnutrition when the body lacks essential minerals and vitamins. These deficiencies can lead to severe mental or physical impairment, life-threatening anaemia, lowered productivity, blindness, a weakened immune system.
  • Fact: 854 million people do not have enough to eat – more than the USA, Canada, and the European Union populations.
  • Fact: In sub-Saharan Africa, where AIDS has impacted up to 20% of the adult population, orphaned children lose not only their parents but also teachers, health workers and civil servants who die of the disease.
  • Fact: Sub-Saharan Africa has the greatest portion of children living as orphans. In 2003, there were 43,400,000 children with no living parent. This number represents 12% of the region’s children.
  • Fact: It is estimated that by the year 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa alone, more than 18 million children — more than all the children in the United Kingdom, will have lost at least one parent to AIDS.
  • Fact: By 2010, the total number of orphans, from all causes, in Sub-Saharan Africa increased to 50,000,000.

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