Child poverty is of great importance to us at Mary Nwamadi Foundation. It is the root of all inadequacies in child rights, child care, and child development. Child Poverty is a condition in which children from poor homes and orphans grow-up with insufficient or lack of resources. Over 25% of children in Nigeria are in abject poverty, they are deprived of good health care, education, food, water, housing, and sanitation.
“Every year, nearly 10 million children die from largely preventable causes” (UNICEF, 2011.) “These include illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria, as well as conflict and HIV/AIDS. Malnutrition, poor hygiene, lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation contribute to more than half of these deaths” (UNICEF, 2005.) This statistic is inclusive of Nigerian children.
There’s poverty in both rural and urban areas of Nigeria, but children in rural areas have it worse. The leading cause of child poverty in Nigeria is poor and unemployed parents, other factors include lack of education, disability, and societal discrimination.
Children are vulnerable members of the society, providing for them effectively and efficiently is a responsibility we must all tend to for the sake of humanity. Tackling child poverty is preparing for a better tomorrow. Every child matters, regardless of their circumstances. Your donation will go a long way in putting smiles on their faces.