Child Abuse—40 million children below the age of 15 suffer from abuse and neglect. (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2008)
Child Labor—246 million children, one in every six children aged 5 to 17, are involved in child labor. (International Labour Organization, 2002)
Child Soldiers—UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children under 18 are currently being exploited in over thirty armed conflicts worldwide. Some are as young as 7 or 8 years of age. (US Department of State, 2005)
Refugees- A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Currently there are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
Human Trafficking—It is estimated that there are 27 million people in the world today who are enslaved. Every year 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2006)
Access to Education- According to UNICEF the global figure for out-of-school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million of those schoolchildren being girls. Over 80 percent of these girls live in Sub Saharan Africa with one out of four living in Nigeria.
Bullying- According to stopbullying.gov, in one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.
Homelessness/ Poverty- More than 16 million U.S. children, or roughly one in five, were living in poverty in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. Nearly 1/2 of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
Discrimination & Prejudice- Discrimination can be based on many different characteristics—age, gender, weight, ethnicity, religion, or even politics. Discrimination is often the outcome of prejudice—a pre-formed negative judgment or attitude. Prejudice leads people to view certain individuals or groups as inferior. Discrimination & prejudice occur worldwide and can result in civil wars, apartheid, and genocide.
Access to Drinkable Water- According to the U.N., 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.