Who Are the Most Vulnerable People in the World and How Can We Help Them?

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Often, it takes times of global hardship for us to really remember that there are people struggling to survive in the world. For example, with the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s sometimes scary to imagine what life must be like for those without the infrastructure, medical supplies or even basic necessities to get through this unprecedented time safely. 

But this is a blog which focuses on positivity and silver linings, which is why, rather than focusing on the negatives, we’re going to talk about what we can do to help others and bring a little more hope into the world. Here are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and a few ideas on what you can do to help them, which should, in turn, help you lead a happier life of your own.

Orphans

There’s no doubt that children are often defenceless and rely on parents or guardians to protect them and fight for them. However, for millions of children, there simply are no parents or guardians to support them. Some have been abandoned, others have had conflict disrupt their lives and have lost their parents through war or even natural disasters. Regardless, many of these young children rely on aid, the goodwill of others and even theft to survive. 

Additionally, orphaned children can be more susceptible to exploitation and the psychological trauma that comes with it. A truly horrible thought. We can help the orphans in need by supporting organisations that run, build or manage orphanages around the globe. One of the most important points to remember about orphans is that they aren’t found in just one place – every country in the world has orphaned children who need a place to call home and either adopting, or donating towards a helpful cause, can help ensure these innocent individuals have a happy and healthy childhood.

Refugees

Refugees are another social group which find themselves destitute and alone, many being orphaned children or teenagers too. Refugees are usually made up of women and children who have been forced to flee their homes due to disaster, conflict or other threats. Often with just the clothes on their backs as belongings, refugees often find themselves entering countries and being seen as unwelcome, only making their situation more challenging. 

This is amplified during the colder months, as being a refugee in winter only makes surviving even more difficult. Most refugees lack the warm clothing, nutritious meals and shelter that getting through winter demands. As a result, they are forced to huddle together where they can or simply suffer through the cold, getting sick in the process. We can make a difference by donating clothes and food to organisations who help equip refugees with what they need to make ends meet, as well as by welcoming our neighbours and treating them kindly no matter where they are from.

The Homeless

Finally, we should talk about the homeless. Homelessness is another global issue but even if we just look at the United States, there are an estimated 553,700 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. That figure is huge, and all of these people are extremely vulnerable to exploitation, violence and both physical and mental abuse.

Helping the homeless is something that we can all do in our local communities. Whether it’s donating to food backs, organising soup kitchens, volunteering at shelters or supporting local homelessness organisations, we can all give back a little to assist those in need. It’s these small things which make a big difference not only to the lives of those we’re helping but also for our won mental state, improving our mood by bringing happiness to others.

Consider supporting those who are vulnerable using these methods and you’re sure to make a difference and add a spark of hope to someone’s life. Let’s support each other during this difficult time.

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