Children are vulnerable. They’re threatened by physical ills such as malnutrition, diarrhea and infectious disease. They’re susceptible to carers who neglect, abandon and abuse.
They’re defenseless against predators who exploit, traffick and misuse. Where children should be at school, they are instead being married as child brides, recruited as child soldiers, put to work as child labourers or struggling for survival as a child of the streets.
The formative stages of childhood are greatly influential in determining one’s path of life. Nurturing relationships, emotional support and mental stimulation are essential for cognitive development. If children are enabled the opportunity to receive an education in a safe and secure environment, they are well on their way toward a bright and fulfilling future.