Children in Africa


As citizens of our respective countries, most of us lead a prosperous life. We have houses, air-conditioning, and access to fresh water. Most of us are accustomed to a life of pleasure and comfort.     Many do not know the true meaning of poverty and the underlying effects it has o...

Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC) is one of Develop Africa's Partner in Cameroon.  Below is an interview with Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku – Founder and Executive Director of CAPEC   Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What was the original interest in th...

For decades, countries in Africa have been marked with the issue of child trafficking. In the past few years, this problem has been increasing. In a 2014 Global Report by the UN, child trafficking has increased by 5 percent from 2007-2010 [1]. Governments in Rwanda, South Africa, and Ethiopia have a...

Throughout Africa and much of the world, ‘child’ is defined as a person who has not reached adulthood. Most would agree that all children deserve to grow up as kids and enjoy their youth before being burdened with responsibility that comes with adulthood. If we could start the world again, ma...

An African child dies every 35 seconds from pneumonia [1,2]. Every minute one child dies from malaria [3], one child dies from measles [4], and six children die from pneumonia or diarrhea [2]. As of 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates five children under the age of five die every min...

Government policies in Sierra Leone that exclude pregnant girls from attending school are short-sighted. Supporters of these policies do not seem to recognize the long-term effects of their decisions on the economy and society as a whole – an education could potentially help these young mothers be...

Imagine three pregnant girls with no job skills who have been abandoned with little hope for the future. They wander aimlessly without food, shelter, or purpose. After their babies are born, how will they each support their newborn baby? Fatuma:  She was disowned and forced to leave her fami...

Not long ago, a group of sixth-grade students in Wisconsin was learning about the Rwandan Genocide. They learned that approximately 800,000 people lost their lives during one hundred days of slaughter.[1] These children were learning about a significant historical event that, sadly, many people don...

West African governments are facing a deluge of obstacles that are hindering economic stabilization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that over 11,300 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were caused by the Ebola virus. Although the World Health Organization ...

Senegal, the western-most country in Africa, is home to 14 million people, and between 50,000 and 100,000 of them are children who survive by begging on the streets. A survey in 2007 determined that about 90 percent of these children are boys called talibés [1] (from the Arabic ṭālib which means...