MERCY & GRACE ORPHANAGE
For all the world’s children
whose lives are filled with hunger …
and can’t understand why
And for all beings
who are dedicated to doing something about it.
Children Education is the very serious problem which we are aiming at. As children are considered as economic value they are not sent to school and find placements in agriculture, cattle grassing and household work etc. As a result they are deprived of their basic right to Education and thereby losing chances of having better life in future.
This situation will pave the way to crop up many social problems as there are chances of these children becoming antisocial elements when they reach cities and towns in search of work. Therefore the plight of the poor children is in expressible, unless those children are educated and/or trained in vocational courses their families cannot be developed in any manner.
Further to the surprise of every body there are more semi orphans in this area. Education is a myth and fulfillment of basic needs is a serious problem to these children. Though they are in the school going age it is rather unfortunate to know these children are 100% illiterate and no chance of going to school in life.
A majority of such children are working with landlords, struggling very hard for their Master’s Development by not leaving any thing behind for them for their self reliance. In a way one can not blame the presents for their indifferent attitude as they are busy in struggling for their livelihood, hardly they have only hand to mouth living.
Therefore the future of these children is left to their fate and to the mercy of the land lords. When a survey was conducted it is very strange to note that there are many child labor, street children, neglected, and abandoned-orphans and poorest of the poor in the below poverty line who cannot afford to have education and are engaged in other fields.
|A CHALLENGE FOR CHILD ACTIVITIES :
The State of Andhra Pradesh, ranks fifth in terms of population with 66,508,008 and that works out to 8.64% of Indian population of 84,63,03,688. Out of this all India percentage of population of children works out to 36% of the total population, divided in the following order of age groups : 0-4 yrs.-12.85% and 5-14 yrs.—23.15% of the total population. It can be safely worked out that 23.15% of the in A.P. too are in the age group of 5-14 with slight difference in the margin of about 3.15%. Without being contradicted even by Government sources, it works out to an average of 20% of the total population of the state.I. CHILDREN AT RISKChild Labor:Andhra Pradesh has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of children labor in the whole of India with 1.95 million (1981) and in 1991 it is estimated to be over 3.5 million.
The figure doesn’t include bonded child labor, child labor in villages and remote trible areas and children employed in unorganized sector located in unregistered work places like domestic child labor, migrating construction work force and children doing labor in homes an handing over the finished products to small industrial establishment for petty compensation, disproportionate to the labor involved.Gender Composition In Child Labor:Analyzing the gender composition of child workers in the state reveals interesting data. 58% of all child workers are boys and 42% are girls. 7.29% of the total female child population in Andhra Pradesh are workers, while comparable all India average is 2.95% only.In Andhra Pradesh, as is true of all India scenario, more girls are engaged as agricultural labor than boys.Andhra Pradesh ranks 7th state in terms of people living below poverty line with 195.7 lakhs of people (33.7%) that is slightly less than one third of the total population. More than 70% of them belong to the unskilled agricultural labor class.STREET /SLUM CHILDREN:
Bonded Children :
It is estimated that there are ten million bonded child laborers or slaves in India. In Andhra Pradesh, the bonded children must be over a million by most conservative estimate.
Child Sex Workers:
Child sex workers, mostly girl children (for instance, Child Devadasis and Jogins) represent the most abominable manifestation of exploitation of the child and therefore demand action at once.
Where does this problem begin?
GIRL CHILD DISCRIMINATION:
* Three times as many girl children die as boys due to malnutrition or murder.
CHILD MARRIAGE :
* As per 1981 Census the percentage of married children in the age group of 0-14 in rural ares was 5.4% for boys and 15.59% for girls.
NUTRITION AND HEALTH CARE:
* 11,000 children die every day due to preventable diseases and it is estimated that 1.5 million children die every year because of diarrhea alone. The contributing factors to these unnecessary deaths include over populations, lack of health care resources in rural tribes, and a lack of education in nutrition and health.
PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE:
* Child battering and injuring the child physically by the parents, teachers and others in authority.
* That so many of the children brought to the detention center reported abuse as the primary reason for their presence on the streets suggests that child abuse should no longer be called a family matter that can continue to persist behind closed doors.
HAPPY CHILDREN :
Many children are being hampered today in their growing-up years by the neglect, confusion, pressures, and such like that are being exerted upon them. Children should be given the chance to be children and to be happy, and grow up straight.
Happy children are those who have loving, caring parents -both parents. A father and mother who care for their children, not spoiling but being devoted, contribute greatly to the happiness of their offspring.
Happy children are those who have encouragement. They are children who are praised for what they are capable of doing and who do it.
Happy children are those who are properly disciplined, but not abused. What a despicable thing it is to abuse a child. Proper correction is not abuse. Many children grow up knowing only they heavy hand of unnecessary hurt and the ugly voice of a temper tantrum from parents or other adults. How often a child’s life is tormented by sexual abuse by a parent – or some other adult.
Happy children are those who are allowed to play children need play time for balanced development. A child is more than a brain or a body. He/She needs to grow up as a whole person. In play, children learn the give and take of life. Happy children are those who are taught about the loving God. Children, as a general rule, having no trouble believing in God. They should be taught of God’s reality, love and care for them..
FEEDING THE CHILDREN: