Spread the Joy
Christmas is a time for giving. It’s a time to open one’s door to the needy. It’s a time to donate meals to the homeless shelter. Giving back to those less fortunate is the true spirit of Christmas.
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 2.5 million children are homeless in America. Women Aid International presents a horrific figure of 100 million worldwide. As a result, homeless children fall prey to abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, as well as, depression and mental illness.
As global citizens we need to ask ourselves: Why are so many children homeless? And, what needs to be done to alleviate children from being homeless? To shed light on the former, they’re homeless because of poverty, displacement, and housing shortage. Substance abuse, unemployment, and single parenting also factor in.
Poverty stems from lack of access to clean water and food because little opportunity is afforded to do anything else except to look for clean water and food. “Currently, more than 2 billion people don’t have access to clean water…, while over 800 million suffer from hunger,” according to Concern Worldwide US. Many children and their families have to walk miles and miles in search of clean water to find that it has been contaminated from the ravage of conflict.
In the United States, females raising kids on their own attribute to children homelessness.
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