Children are the most vulnerable group in our society. A significant number of them are conceived and given birth to under circumstances of defilement, rape, domestic violence, abject poverty and the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS. Such circumstances present them [children] to their bearers who in most cases happen to be young teenagers with no parenting skills as heavy weights of parental burden and psychological stress owing to a fact that these children are taken to be living testimonies of defilement, incest & rape experiences and constant reminders of the faces of the attackers who in most cases happen to be HIV positive. Parents oppressed by these kinds of circumstances resort to providing food if there is any as they sole responsibility , neglecting the children’s social ,educational ,emotional and spiritual needs.
Our society today is full of young teenagers who are circumstantially introduced to the world of parenthood. This owes to a fact that many lack foundation and biblical counseling and guidance which would have helped incorporate them [children] into a God oriented belief system at an early stage of development to avoid satanic lures that may encounter them later in life. If guidance and support is not provided, teenagers are circumstantially forced to indulge in sexual activities which result into pregnancies hence giving birth to children who are prone and vulnerable to the same circumstances as there were conceived in, thus creating a continuous cycle of vulnerable and needy children generations.
Children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and those considered to be products of socially immorality hence abandonment often lack people who care enough to provide basic needs and adult guidance, as most guardians to whom these children are left happen to be old people who are illiterate to value their grand children’s education needs and could not assist them even if they wanted to. They are also impoverished and physically weak to engage in serious agriculture activities. This leaves these vulnerable children at a risk of poorer health and nutritional status together with low enrollment in schools than other children. Children too pauses a collective conscience which drives them into welcoming and believing to be true any behavior portrayed by the people they live near and associate with
It is heart breaking to know that if children are to imitate what they see their fathers do, they [children] too would become adulterers, alcoholics, hot-tempered and thieves as most fathers are. Imitating their mothers would lead to them becoming prostitutes or child abuser which is very rampant in child to aunt or child to step mother relationships. All LIFCHILD programs and services are geared towards providing a holistic solution to the problems that affect children and factors that work in correlation with the social and economic status of parents to affect children.