Last August, my son and his wife (Mark and Jenn) went to Ghana, Africa, on a missions trip that included a day at the local orphanage. Ghana is a democracy, making it relatively stable when compared to other African nations, but it is very poor. When families have a new baby, they keep the child as long as it can be breast fed, but after that, when real food is required, most families cannot afford to feed the child and they send them to the orphanage. There, they are fed and clothed, but essentially neglected, with no love in their lives, no effort to nurture, train, or educate them. How can they be, when the number of people willing to work in the orphanages are minimal? At either 16 or 18 yrs of age (I forget which), the orphan is "released into the wild" with no skills, family, or money. Most of them become prostitutes.
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