Orphans face a frightening future when they leave the orphanage and enter trade school (at 15/16 years). The dormitories of these schools are fraught with rape, crime, drugs, alcohol, and despair. Without love and guidance, many kids fall through the cracks and make poor, sometimes deadly, choices. How can teens raised in an institution learn to make wise choices if they’ve never seen a healthy life modeled?
- Since the fall of communism, poverty, alcoholism, and drug abuse have lead to a 250% increase in the number of orphans
- An estimated 800,000 children are currently living in private and state-run orphanages, foster care or are homeless.
- 80% of orphans are “social orphans” which means they have at least one living parent. They have been placed in an orphanage because of alcoholism, drug abuse, neglect, abuse, abandonment, or imprisonment of parents.
- Orphans typically grow up in large state-run homes, which may house over 200-300 children.
- Less than 5% of children in orphanages will be adopted by age 5. Children over that age have a very slim chance of adoption.
- Children usually graduate from the orphanage after ninth grade and are turned out, unprepared for life outside the home.
- Many girls will end up in prostitution. Those who run prostitution rings target orphaned girls, who are especially vulnerable due to their lack of options and lack of people who care what happens to them. Though promised good jobs, they end up on the streets and brothels of cities across Europe.
- Most of the boys will commit crimes once leaving the orphanage. Many of them will die young because of violence or end up in prison. Most inmates contract TB in prison.
Within two years of leaving the orphanage…
- Only 27% will find work
- 30% will become addicted to drugs
- 60% of the girls will become prostitutes
- 70% of the boys will turn to crime
- 15% will commit suicide
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