THE CRISIS

 
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Street children in Lusaka.

 

A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

We believe every child has a right to a family home where they are loved, secure, protected and free to be a child knowing their tomorrows are full of hope and that dreams can become a reality. This is our commitment, challenge and promise to the orphans of Zambia. 

Ted Lawler

Founder/President


Breath of Heaven Children’s Ministries was founded as a humanitarian response to the AIDS/HIV pandemic and its destruction of families which has resulted in almost 20 million orphans in subSahara Africa. Our work is located in Lusaka, Zambia.

UNICEF shares the following information about the score of the crisis in Zambia:

Largely due to the threats of profound poverty and HIV and AIDS, children in Zambia are at greater risk of social exclusion and exploitation than ever before.
— UNICEF

Poverty is widespread, with 64 percent of the total population living below the poverty line, rising to 80 percent in rural areas. The HIV and AIDS pandemic has diverse social and economic effects and has caused many deaths among working-age adults. A third of children lose one or both parents before they reach adulthood, with 19 percent of orphans losing both their mother and father. 1.2 million children are orphaned and one in three of these orphans are living with a grandparent.


1.2 MILLION

1.2 million orphans under the age of 15 and another 800,000 children are affected by HIV and AIDS.


20 THOUSAND

 

 

 

An estimated 20,000 children are working or living on the street. Households without parents greatly contribute to the swelling number of street children. Once committed to the streets, a child’s chance of ever escaping a life of desperation to become a productive member of society is slim.