Young people around the world face poverty, hunger, disease and violence every day.
Many of their parents do not have the resources to help them due to economic problems.
"Millions of children continue to endure the dreadful indignities of poverty;
hundreds of thousands suffer the effects of conflict and economic chaos;
tens of thousands are maimed in wars; many more are orphaned or killed by HIV/AIDS," said
Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, in
The State of the World's Children 2000.
Just as there are many problems that children face, there are also many ways you can help.
Volunteer with children's programs in your own community.
Check Volunteer Match and SERVEnet
to find agencies in your neighborhood that run programs for children.