COVID-19 Significantly Increases the Vulnerability of Children
UNESCO reports that over a billion children are unable to attend school because well over 100 nations have closed their schools nationally or locally, due to coronavirus. Never before have we witnessed an impact of this magnitude on children globally. Data from previous health emergencies, as well as from Wuhan (the epicenter of COVID-19), suggest children are 3 times more likely to be exposed to violence during prolonged periods of children being in either unsafe or unsupervised environments.
We are already hearing from our Regional Ambassadors in Brazil, Paraguay, Romania and other parts of the world about the heightened risks for the children and families in their communities and are recognizing that efforts are needed to prevent harm to children. We can all consider the children we know who are impacted by these school closures and whether they are being supervised by a responsible adult. Let’s keep in mind the ways we may be able to help keep children safe in these days.
As we see these unprecedented times, let us join together in praying and working together for the orphaned and at risk children in our cities and in the nations around the world.
Praying with you,
WWO Principal Coordinator