Children form the bedrock, innocence,
and future for any society.
2.2 billion children around the world. And growing.
Based on data collected from the United Nations, in 2013, the world population stood at 7.2 billion with children representing more than 30.5% at 2.2 billion. These children represent our next generation of leaders, artists, social activists, and athletes. As such, its the responsibility of the global community to make sure that they have a safe environment to grow, play, and learn. Unfortunately, for many children around the world such an environment is not available to them. According to the latest data provided by UNICEF, there are more than 151 million children who are orphans worldwide.
Measuring & Responding to the growing crisis of lost children.
Estijaba, traces its roots to April 30, 2014 - six days after the kidnapping of 243 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. It was then, that the organization was formed and began embarking on an awareness response to the crisis of lost children. Across the globe, lost children are being created everyday. For purposes of this response study, "Lost Children" are defined as orphans, juvenile prison inmates, and kidnapped/missing children. Our findings indicate that the high number of lost children can be attributed in large part to armed conflicts, economic under development in certain regions, and different societal factors.