Global poverty is a huge problem that can be overwhelming. How does health impact poverty? With Way of Mercy, you’ll find loads of resources to help, you’ll learn about global poverty and especially in Central Asia, and how to get involved and spread awareness by sharing info with your friends. Does a lack of education cause poverty, or does poverty create a lack of access to education? And can poor health impact education, too? It gets complicated. Cause and effect can be difficult to pin down. In reality, all of these challenges are intertwined.
Hope is the gift on every child’s wish list. In fact, it’s the greatest gift we can give. Giving hope lets a child know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. And it takes so little to give hope. Your donation could provide a packet of therapeutic food to eat; a drink of safe water; clothing; health care; survival from trafficking and slavery; possibility for education; just a hope and smile for kids in need. Here we would like to tell about three the most vulnerable issues for kids of Central Asia.
Officially there is no problem called Slavery. But having no privileges and prospects, many children in the countries of Central Asia lose their childhood and are forced to trade the only thing they have – their own body. Child prostitution, 10-14 year-old and even younger kids, is a phenomenon that does not catch sight. Young prostitutes work in closed clubs, in private apartments turned into brothels, and only occasionally on the street. (This information is based on the report: Lost Children of Central Asia, the full text of which can be found at http://www.iwpr.net/index.pl?archive/rca/rca_200401_257_2_eng.txt).
In particular, there are facts of trafficking in young children. The poorest families, who are not able to feed themselves, sell their children to childless married couples. The price for infants, depending on the age of the child, ranges from $ 100 to $ 400. In traditional Central Asian families, the child has always been considered the main meaning of the life of parents. Today these ideas are being destroyed under the pressure of poverty and hopelessness of existence. Sometimes underage girls and boys are sold and bought as a regular commodity. Girls go to sex slavery, boys are taught the military art for the extremist organizations, and finally if there is no way to use kids – they are as rule become donors. (by UNICEF, Risk and Realities of Child Trafficking and Exploitation in Central Asia, https://www.unicef.org/…/Child_trafficking_in_central_asia_FINAL_23_03.pdf )
Non-traditional for Central Asia Islamic ideas are taking root in minds of more and more young children. Under umbrella of Islam, some of the radical, extremist groups from Middle East countries seek to export its ideological guidelines to Kyrgyzstan: intolerance and persecution against representatives of other faiths and religious movements, blind support by religious leaders of any clerical forces, use of religion by some political groups to recruit and stupefy the population. During last 26 years number of mosques increased in 70 times. We had 39 mosques in Kyrgyzstan and at the present time 2 743. Now number of mosques overreach number of 2 218 schools and 338 hospitals. There is no any statistics about number of praying houses and educational establishments. Some of them are the places to recruit young men to their extremist army forces to fight against civilization, to use them for terrorist attacks, to involve and sell boys and girls for slavery, including sexual one. “Those who interpret the Quran in a radical format, from the point of view of global recognition, do not have such a right. Often such people, organizations are destructive, politically charged, puppets in the hands of others. Those who hide behind quotations from the Quran do not speak on behalf of Islam, but oppose it. The word “Islam” itself is translated as “peace”. (Imam of the Central Cathedral Mosque of Omsk City, Daulet Baltabayev). Way of Mercy considers Education as the most important weapon against poverty and ignorance.
Children with disabilities are overlooked by national health, educational and development programs. In many communities, children with disabilities are hidden out of shame or superstition and turned away by schools. The time and expense of caring for disabled children without any help locks their families in poverty. In Central Asian countries, up to 60 percent of children with disabilities die without help. All children are a blessing — regardless of their abilities to see, hear or walk. Sadly, too many children don’t hear this enough and have no future.
Way of Mercy means you help uplift an orphan, kid with disability and his or her family into self-reliance and independence by giving them the tools they need to thrive! What’s more: the family gets the medical and psychological support they need, including freedom, family and education- all while building a sustainable living so that they can break the chains of poverty, and rely on themselves for years beyond what a traditional sponsorship would offer. And donations toward Way of Mercy are flexible—you can offer support whenever you’re ready, and as often as you like. When you donate to Way of Mercy, you can give hope to the thousands of children who desperately need it. 93.8% of every dollar spent goes directly to help children. We believe that all of us born on this earth with a purpose, with the light that shines brightly in our soul. We must find our light and share it with those who need it.
Our dream is to inspire people around the world to make a better, happier world for every child. Together we will be the change the world needs. If you’re wondering how to help children in need – please know that every little bit counts. Whether you give, volunteer or participate in our programs, your generosity means the world in the life of a child. We make it easy to help the children, in ways that work for you. There are so many ways you can help save children life, support children in desperate need. Whether it’s an sport challenge, a special occasion, or your simply donation, you can put the “fun” in fundraising for children who need it most. Use your voice – and your social networks – to take action on critical issues and urge people to make children a top priority. Children are our future.