What World Vision sponsors are doing about it: Sponsoring a child helps families and communities to protect and improve their health. Mothers and babies are cared for to give children a healthier start to life.
Children receive health care like vaccinations, mosquito nets and health checks to protect against preventable diseases, and parents learn about nutrition and get the support they need to feed their children healthy food, among other child sponsorship activities designed to improve children’s health.
In 2021, we supported more than 400,000 community health workers to get the training and resources they need to look after their communities for years to come.
5. Climate change makes it tough to earn a living
Especially in communities that depend on farming and agriculture for their income, climate change has catastrophic effects. Prolonged drought or other extreme weather events like flooding have the potential wipe out crops and livestock, leaving families unable to provide for their children and searching for alternative options.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), climate change is a contributing factor for the 152 million children under the age of 18 working around the world. Climate change is also one of the drivers of child marriage as desperate parents look for ways to reduce the number of mouths to feed in their household – 110 million more girls are predicted to become child brides by 2030.
In Kenya, for example, prolonged drought means many communities have lost their main source of income. According to World Vision Kenya Disaster Management Director, Gershon Mwakazi, (pictured below, left) the impact of drought on communities is heartbreaking.
"It is heart-wrecking to witness the suffering climate change has subjected families to,” he says.