The Kids Worldwide Bridge (KWB) is a branch of the Rural Integrated Development Program of Africa (RIDPA). Prior to the 20th century, childhood was not viewed as a special and distinct part of a person’s life. Rather, it was merely a transition stage, bridging the time between infancy and adulthood. Children were required to work as soon as they were old and strong enough. They would either help their parents with household and farming chores, or they would learn a trade. As countries have become wealthier, “childhood” has become a time for education, recreation, growth, and discovery.
However, despite these advnces, childhood remains a period deprivation and hardship for many children, particularly those in the world’s developing countries. Despite a universal commitment to fostering the rights of children, major problems remain which impact daily on the lives of children.
- In the last decade, an estimated 2 million children have been killed in armed conflict.
- 100 million children live on the streets of the world’s cities.
- 1 million children worldwide have been born HIV positive.
- 12 million children die each year before reaching the age of 5, mostly from malnutrition and preventable diseases.
- Prostitution and the trafficking of women and children for prostitution is the third largest income earner globally, following drug trafficking and arms sales.
- Every day, 1,000 children die from AIDS.
KWB provides an opportunity for children of the world to connect so they may discover and learn from other cultures. KWB strives to create understanding, tolerance, and awareness. You can help by sponsoring a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Tanzania.