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I need your help

I have a friend who works with the street children in his city.  What is a street child, you ask?

Street children

Although there is not an agreed upon definition for the term street children, UNICEF’s general definition refers to all children under the age of 18, who are homeless and for whom ‘the street’ has become their home and their source of livelihood.  These street children are often subject to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation, slavery, and even murder.  In their efforts to survive, many of these children perform tasks that are often dangerous and/or illegal for small amounts of compensation.  Many of these children have been orphaned, either by parental loss of life or abandonment, but, according to UNICEF, most street children are still in contact with their families, working on the street to augment the household income.

It is believed that there are over 100,000,000 street children worldwide, depending on your definition, but there should be no doubt that these children live in every major city on the planet.  From a city like Chicago, where it is believed that there are thousands of homeless children and only 300 shelter beds available, to a city like Faisalabad, Pakistan where it is believed that there are over 10,000 street children, it is believed that the problem is growing globally.

Pakistan

One of the countries with the largest concentrations of street children, is Pakistan, with an estimate of between 1.2 million and 1.5 million street children nationally.  Of the 1,500,000, it is believed that there are over 10,000 street children in Faisalabad, the city where my friend lives.

My wife and I have been sending what we could to support the children over the past two years or so, and in October of 2014, I set up a Gofundme campaign to raise funds for the support of the children.  Over the two years most of the money we have sent has been used for food.  In January of this year, my friend had the opportunity to purchase a small bit of land with the desire to build an orphanage for a more permanent place for the children to find shelter.  Last week there was a balloon payment due on the land, and we were unable to keep it.  Part of the reason was the fact that there has been a brutal heat wave in Pakistan this year, and we have had to use funds to keep the children alive from the heat.

On July 24th, my friend posted this to his Facebook wall.

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And on July 28th, he posted this update to his status.

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unexpected medical bills

On the first week of June of this year, my wife had experienced a couple of days of internal pain that she thought was gas.  I finally convinced her to go to the local urgent care center, where they quickly sent us to the emergency room of the local hospital.  One hour later we learned that my wife had a kidney stone that had created a blockage that had become infected.  This required an emergency surgery to install a stint to allow the infection to clear, and an outpatient procedure a week later to destroy and remove the stone.

The good news is that my wife is completely fine and back to normal, but the bad news is that we now have over $4,000 in unexpected medical bills to pay for, and that is after our ‘good’ insurance paid their portion.

I need your help

These unexpected bills have really put a dent in our ability to help feed these children.  I really need your help to make up the difference.

Would you consider sharing with some street children who will never be able to pay you back?

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“Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves.
I only mean that there should be some equality.
Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.
Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it.
In this way, things will be equal.
As the Scriptures say, “
Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,
and those who gathered only a little had enough.””
(2 Corinthians 8:13–15, NLT)

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