Saturday, April 10, 2010

Orphan Statistics (UNICEF Report)

UNICEF estimates that there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide.  To give you a comparison, that's about 48-70% of the population of the United States.

Here are the stats:

- Every day 5,760 more children become orphans
- 2,102,400 more children become orphans every year in Africa alone

- Every 15 seconds, another child in Africa becomes an AIDS orphan

- 8 out of 10 children orphaned by AIDS lives in sub-saharan Africa

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

- Each year 14, 505, 000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen

- Each day 38,493 orphans age out

- Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home

- In Russia and the Ukraine, studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit sucide before they reach age eighteen

- These studies also show that 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals

- Another Russian study reported that of the 15,000 orphans aging out of state-run institutions every year, 10% committed suicide, 5,000 were unemployed, 6,000 were homeless and 3,000 were in prison within three years…

1 comment:

  1. i greatly support adoption and orphan care, but the 143 million stat refers to "orphan" as defined by unicef. a unicef "orphan" is any child who has lost one or both parents, but may still live with their remaining parent or other relative. some of them are not in need of adoption. i see this stat everywhere & have heard it from the pulpit of churches. we need a more accurate statistic.