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… running out of food ..

This morning when I went on-line, I saw that my friend in Pakistan who works with the street-children of Faisalabad had posted a status update on his Facebook wall.

“Dear friends and family; we are thankful to Lord that He uses you for His glory. Brothers and sister we need your prayers and support for the food for kids. Food is finished for kids, For that we will need your help. We will be praying for you. God bless you more and more.”   Ps Fraz Siddique

For a number of years now, Pastor Fraz Siddique has worked with and for the street-children of Faisalabad, Pakistan.  It is believed that there are an estimated 1,500,000 orphaned street-children in Pakistan, and an estimated 10,000+ of them live in Faisalabad.

In a paper discussing the street children of Zimbabwe, Unicef defines the terms ‘Street Children’, ‘Children of the Street’, and ‘Children on the Street’ like this;

Definition of Street Children

The most common definition of a street child or youth is “any girl or boy who has not reached adulthood, for whom the street (in the broadest sense of the word, including unoccupied dwellings, wasteland, etc.) has become her or his habitual abode and/or sources of livelihood, and who is inadequately protected, supervised or directed by responsible adults” (Inter-NGO, 1985). This definition was formulated by Inter-NGOs in Switzerland in 1983.

In this study the term “street children” is used to refer to children who work and/or sleep on the streets. Such children may or may not necessarily be adequately supervised or directed by responsible adults and include the two co-existing categories referred to by UNICEF as those “on the street” and those “of the street” (Agnelli, op. cit., p. 34). Other researchers identified these two categories amongst different street children populations (e.g. Dube et. al, 1996, Ennew, 1986; Scharf et al., 1986; Richter, 1988a). “Children of the street” are homeless children who live and sleep on the streets in urban areas. They are totally on their own, living with other street children or homeless adult street people. On the other hand, “children on the street” earn their living or beg for money on the street and return home at night. They maintain contact with their families. This distinction is important since “children on the street” have families and homes to go to at night, whereas “children of the street” live on the streets and probably lack parental, emotional and psychological support normally found in parenting situations.  article

There are many reasons that a child can end up on the streets.  Many of the children have lost their parents due to death, others have left their families to escape child abuse, and still others are from very poor families that have them work the streets to bring finances into the household.  But regardless of what caused a child to become a ‘street child’, once they are, they are subject to many different types of abuse.

Pastor Fraz works tirelessly to try and keep the children safe which includes the very real danger of starving to death.  As of this morning, the children are out of food.  A donation came in yesterday evening from a dear lady who monthly sends $30 to help these street children, and I was able to add a little to that and forwarded it to pastor this morning.  If he gets the message before the banks close, he should be able to feed the children through the weekend, but then they will be out of food again.

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We really need some people to help with the nurture of these children.    Would you consider sharing a meal with an orphaned street-child?  No donation is too small to help these dear children.  A $5 donation can feed a child for a week or more.

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All donated funds go directly to the support of the children.  There is no one making a salary off of this fund.

Thank you in advance, for helping feed some of the poorest people on the planet.

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