Child Sponsor Central African Republic

Child Sponsorship Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world with ongoing instability since its independence from France in 1960. There have been ongoing outbreaks of violence between the army and rebel groups since 2005 often reflecting tensions between ethnic groups. In reality the government has limited control over outlying and border areas where those rebel groups frequently use guerrilla tactics to terrorise and subjugate local communities. This is all reflected in the fact that Central African Republic is in 188th place out of 189 countries and territories in 2019 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy for a child in the Central African Republic is 53.28 years (2019) with one in ten children dying at before their fifth birthday ~ one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

With access to electricity running at just 3%, falling to just 0.4% in rural areas (2019), Central African Republic also has one of the world's poorest school enrolments at 62% for boys dropping to 41% for girls with only around 22% of all children in the country completing their primary school education. This is reflected in the overall adult literacy rate of 37.4%; with male literacy at 49.51% but just 25.76% for females. According to UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), 80,000 children under the age of five are currently at risk of severe acute malnutrition across the Central African Republic with little or no clean drinking water in many communities. Overall, approximately 71% of the country's population lives below the international poverty line despite CAR having natural resources including diamonds, uranium, timber, gold and oil reserves. Part of the problem is that, for most, their lives depend on subsistence farming yet only 2.9% of land is arable and is affected by hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds inbetween regular floods. For those who do work, one week's earnings can just about buy a chicken.

What child sponsor programs there are in the Central African Republic focus on the 370,000 child orphans and thousands of abandoned street children, as well as reaching out to child soldiers or those who have been traumatized by the levels of violence they had been exposed to. Other charitable work includes general medical care, education access and clean water projects. You can make a difference when you sponsor a child in the Central African Republic.

Child Sponsor Central African Republic: The Lighthouse Project

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Child Sponsor Central African Republic: SOS Children's Villages

Child Sponsor Central African Republic: SOS Children's Villages

With SOS Children, you can help orphaned and abandoned children when you sponsor a child in Central African Republic.

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Child Sponsor Central African Republic: Vision Trust

Many of the children they work with are victims of child labour, trafficking and malnutrition.

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Child Sponsor Central African Republic: Children in the Central African Republic


About life for children in the the Central African Republic in facts, information and video together with details of projects and programs to support children in CAR

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Child Sponsor Central African Republic: Volunteer in Central African Republic

Volunteer in Central African Republic

As well as sponsoring a child why not explore volunteering opportunities in Central African Republic?

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Child Sponsor Central African Republic: CAR Profile

African Country Profiles: Central African Republic

In another of our African country profiles, find out all about the Central African Republic in a series of information articles, latest daily news, videos, and images together with volunteering and child sponsorship opportunities.

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