Families across the world are more vulnerable today than ever before. Poverty, armed conflict, violence and disease present overwhelming challenges for parents and threaten family stability.
Too many children have been robbed of their childhood by having to carry so much of the burden of helping their family survive. Far too often, an illness, a death of a parent or poverty forces children out of school, into unsafe work situations, sometimes even breaking families apart. When families are at risk, children are at a much greater danger of malnutrition, exploitation, abuse, child trafficking or abandonment.