Living in poverty often means going without basic needs such as food, clothing and adequate shelter.

A child shouldn’t have to worry about the roof over their head or food on their plate. We support programs that are on the ground across the globe that are working tirelessly to save the lives of severely malnourished and homeless children so they can grow, learn, play and develop to become thriving, active members of their community.

Facts about Hunger

The reality is, children around the world are hungry.

  • Globally, approximately 149 million children under five suffer from stunting.
  • Asia is home to the majority of children under five suffering from wasting and severe wasting.
  • One out of six children—roughly 100 million—in developing countries is underweight.
  • One in four of the world's children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

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Types of Malnutrition

According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization there are two types of malnutrition caused by hunger:

  • Stunting is the devastating result of poor nutrition in-utero and early childhood. Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential.
  • Wasting in children is the life-threatening result of poor nutrient intake and/or disease. Children suffering from wasting have weakened immunity, are susceptible to long term developmental delays, and face an increased risk of death, particularly when wasting is severe.

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According to UN sources and UNESCO, there are up to 150 million street children in the world today. There are many reasons children end up on the streets:

  • They are chased from home by violence, drug and alcohol abuse
  • They have experienced the death of a parent or family breakdown
  • They are a victim of war, conflict or other natural disaster
  • Their community has fallen in to a socio-economic collapse

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Risks for Street Children

Children who are forced to live on the streets are subject to a life of scavenging, begging and peddling in the slums. UNESCO reports that while some of these children have small jobs like shoe-shining or market-selling, all are at risk of abuse, exploitation, trafficking, violence, drugs and disease.

Without a home, support system and basic education, the life expectancy of street children is incredibly low.

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How You Can Help

Every day, our Honorees are working tirelessly to ensure children in their care have a roof over their heads, a bed to sleep in and nutritious meals to help them grow and thrive. You can keep children healthy and happy by joining our community of heroes that give an affordable, tax-deductible gift each month.

A monthly donation of $25 will provide daily meals for an abandoned child living in a protection center.

A monthly donation of $50 will provide hot lunches every day for five orphaned school children.


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Using the grant funding provided by World of Children, 45 children under the care of the team at Makindu Children’s Program in Kenya, an organization founded by our 2017 Humanitarian Award Honoree Winnie Barron, received household goods to better equip their huts. Each child’s guardian received a new mattress, mosquito nets and solar lanterns so the children no longer have to sleep on the mud floor where mosquitoes are relentless. Their solar lanterns will allow them to study after dark, which frees up more daylight to help with chores … or simply play!

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2019 Humanitarian Award

Thérèse Ilunga BUMI

2018 Humanitarian Award

Phyllis Keino Lewa Children's Home

2016, 2003 Hero Award, Youth Award

Ryan Hreljac Ryan's Well

2014, 1998 Hero Award, Humanitarian Award

Chaim Peri Friends of Yemin Orde

2013, 2006 Hero Award, Humanitarian Award

Susie Krabacher Haiti Children

2012, 2002 Hero Award, Youth Award

Craig Kielburger WE Charity

2008 Youth Award

Talia Leman RandomKid

2007 Humanitarian Award

Carmen Masias CEDRO

2005 Humanitarian Award

Lucy Yinda Wema Centre

2005 Humanitarian Award

Olga Murray Nepal Youth Foundation

2003 Humanitarian Award

Claudia Gonzales Moreno Alalay

2003 Humanitarian Award

Fani Lerner Municipal Provopar

Data and statistics have been compiled by:

UNICEF / WHO / World Bank Group
Food Aid Foundation
World Health Organization





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