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Supreme value of childhood and youth period is incalculable and indescribable. These stages of life are the most precious time of our lives. The way in which we utilize this period determines to a great extent the nature of coming years that lie ahead of both individuals and the society we live in.

Children who have access to their fundamental rights grow up as independent individuals and can break through the cycle of poverty. They are always empowered to take their future into their own hands and play an active part in shaping their lives and become contributors to the development of the larger society.

Millions of children around the world and especially in sub-Sahara Africa are born into a stark reality. Many children grow up in a daily life marked by violence. Each year an estimated 15 million children die of hunger. Children are particularly vulnerable to the physical threats of poverty including malnutrition, disease and abuse. Children are extremely tense, awfully traumatized, and overwhelmed with fear in this part of the world.

In the recent years, a number of factors have been responsible for the suffering of children in Africa. In Nigeria and other African countires; terrorism, HIV/AIDS and other deadly diseases, chronic poverty, natural disasters, unending communal conflicts, abandonment, Famines, and accidents are among some of the leading causes.

These factors have made children to lose their confidence. Many of these children have lost either one or their both parents to death thereby increasing the number of orphans and vulnerable children. In Nigeria, established as at December 2014 that over one million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and Boko Haram insurgence (Boko Haram is a terrorist and militant movement based in north-eastern Nigeria, operating in North and Central Nigeria, with additional activities in Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. These have adversely affected children in these countries

These factors have created an unprecedented orphan crisis, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria has the highest number, it is a society where children have been hardest hit.

The challenges presented by the world orphan crisis are vast, overwhelming, and very worrisome. Save the Children 2013 statistics established that out “of 176 countries, Nigeria has been ranked 169th worst place for a child to be born. The incessant poverty, epidemic and terrorism in various communities are jeopardizing the health, safety, and survival of all children in many affected African countries, especially in Nigeria.

Loss of parents, particularly during childhood, brings with it depressive thoughts and feelings among which are sadness, anger, guilt and great responsibility. Because they are children and have no one to care for them, they are often the most vulnerable to being brought up in lives of crime, sold off into slavery, sexually exploited, turned into child soldiers. They are equally subjected to cultural pressures, neglect, abuse, child slavery, religious inequality, child prostitution, emotional and spiritual messages of poverty that tell them they are worthless and of no value in the sight of others. These children make choices solely out of necessity. Just like anyone, they will do what they can to survive. They are left to make decisions children should not have to make at such a crucial age.

Vulnerable children are more of children without parental care, they necessarily may not be children that have lost one or both parents. Statistically, children in subgroup such as this would not be counted as orphans, but by attributes associated with abuse and neglect, they are one and the same in terms of the outcome for the orphaned children. There are many varied combinations that contribute to children suffering from lack of parental care, but the results are the same, regardless of the cause.

Many orphans and vulnerable children live with neighbours, on the streets, or in the jungles; and are subjected to the afore mentioned abuses. Sometimes they live with very old and ill relatives that love them, but without the financial capacity to care for them. Sometimes with extended families members who in the cause of struggling to meet the basic needs of these children on many occasions subject them to abuses, physical hazards and emotional and psychological trauma. These children have become a means to financial gain by their substitute caregivers who send them to beg in the streets and to carry out other menial jobs. This makes them vulnerable to different kinds of health, physical and psychological hazards. They also suffer the social consequences of having no family support structure and being branded as social outcasts which often lasts a lifetime.

The orphan’s crisis and children vulnerability in Nigeria has implication for human welfare and development. Minors are now being used as collaborators and accomplice of kidnappers, robbers, assassins and terrorists. A lot of children in Nigeria, especially those in the Northern parts, live in constant fear due to terrorist activities which includes abduction and kidnapping of girls and women, use of teenage girls as suicide bombers and other dreadful terrorist activities. This is an aberration in a sane society.

Many Children and youth have been displaced, abduct, kidnapped, wounded, orphaned, sexually abused or forced into marriages through gruesome terrorist attacks. An estimated 1.5 million have fled their homes because of threats and attacks. The situation is pathetic. They have become displaced and are now living in displaced people's camps scampering for food, without decent accommodation and proper clothing. This situation has adversely affected children, especially orphans who have lost their both parents to this pathetic situation. It is truly a trying time for Nigeriaand Africa as a whole. Indeed a verypainful time for children and women in our land.

Orphans and vulnerable children are in the vast majority of who currently do not receive humanitarian assistance or other support from Government. Out of an estimated 61 million children of primary school age that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO) claims are being denied their right to education worldwide, Nigeria alone accounts for about 10.5 million of this figure. Orphans and vulnerable children make up over 90% of the statistics. No serious country will permit this kind of treatment for its future leaders and yet, expect a rosy time going forward. This pernicious trend needs to be tackled.
Our organization exists as part of effort to tackle the challenge facing these innocent children that are subjected to serious destitution through no fault of theirs.
This Initiative of Blossom Life Foundation exists as a child advocacy initiative that releases children from economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible and fulfilled adults. We work in rural communities and urban slums to provide educational assistance, leadership training, and mentorship support to children, especially orphans and vulnerable children. To these children we are like farmers carefully planting, watering and nurturing. We enable children by creating an environment in which they are much more likely to grow and flourish into their full potential. We are relentlessly committed to protecting these innocent children.