March Impact

Children's Health & Development

March is "Children's Health and Welfare" month. According to a 2017 report by HUD, there are over 40,000 "unaccompanied homeless youth and children" across the United States. This means kids with no parent or adult supervision who are fending for themselves. And there are 58,000 FAMILIES with children who are homeless. The figure for kids who are homeless, whether alone or in families, is estimated to be over 1.6 million. And this is just in the United States. A few other startling facts:

  • 14 million children in the U.S. live in poverty

  • Add in "low income" families struggling to meet basic needs, and the number of kids affected grows to 29 million----this is nearly HALF the children in our nation

  • 25% of our children are growing up illiterate

 

And global statistics are also heartbreaking:

  • 12 million children die before reaching their fifth year

  • 100 million children globally are homeless and living in the streets

  • 250,000 children die every week from diseases and malnutrition

The Foundation has dedicated this month to helping kids across the globe because we want to impact their lives in ways that make their futures brighter.

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