Our Mission is to support Women and Children in Need

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Fight hunger and poverty

  • Before the coronavirus pandemic, over 35 million people struggled with hunger in the United States with over 10 million of those being children.
  • One in six Americans are averaged at going hungry since the Coronavirus hit the U.S.
  • Some reports are showing that since Coronavirus hit in 2020, over 17 million children are facing hunger issues.
  • Children are the highest risk and more likely to face food insecurity.
  • Summer is the hungriest time of the year for children.

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Read an IMPACT STORY on how MSF is helping to fight hunger and poverty

Serve the homeless

  • 1 in every 30 American children are homeless (over 2.5 million)
  • Approximately 50% of homeless children are under the age of 5
  • 1 out of every 3 homeless children will develop some sort of mental disorder before the age of 8
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women
  • Among all homeless women in America, 60% of them have children under the age of 18
    83% of homeless children have been witness to at least one serious violent event
  • In Canada, 1 of every 7 children are living in a shelter with approximately 20% between the ages of 13-25

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Read an IMPACT STORY on how MSF is serving the homeless in Canada

ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 18, 2019: Homeless beggars mother and childs sleeping on the road in Athens, Greece

Support the victims of domestic and sexual abuse

  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children
  • 1 out of every 3 women experience intimate partner abuse
  • 1 out of every 3 teens will experience dating violence
  • More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year in the U.S.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for nearly 15% of all violent crimes
  • 91% of domestic violence crimes that cause injury are against women

Help rescue victims of sex trafficking and modern slavery

  • Approximately 15-17 thousand foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. each year
  • In 2018, over half of criminal trafficking cases active in the U.S. were sex trafficking cases involving children
  • The average teen enters sex trafficking between the ages of 12 and 14
  • 71% of modern slaves are women and children globally
  • At roughly $32 Billion, sex trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world
  • A sex trafficked minor is sold for sex 15 times per day on average
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Provide education and training

  • A child born to a mother that can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • One in every 8 women who are the sole breadwinners in their families are unemployed
  • Two thirds of single mothers are working outside the home
  • Only one third of single mothers receive child support
  • 13.9% of single mothers did not graduate high school
  • Single mothers often spend over half their income on housing expenses, and one third on childcare, leaving them with less money for educational expenses

Invest in at-risk youth

  • Studies have shown that 74% of adults with drug and/or alcohol problems started using before the age of 17
  • Children who begin using at 11 years of age or younger are more likely to have multiple
  • 14% of children have reported misusing prescription opioids, and nearly half of them misused them in the past month
  • E-Cigarette usage increased by over 75% among school-age children between 2017 and 2018
  • According to a 2019 survey, more than 5 million U.S. middle and high school children have used an e-cigarette
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IV solution in a child's patients hand

Promote health, wellness, and healing

  • Each year in the U.S., there are nearly 16,000 children between the ages of 0 and 19 diagnosed with cancer
  • More than 300,000 children globally are diagnosed with cancer each year
  • Cancer remains the most common cause of death by disease for children in America
  • The 3 most common cancers for women are breast, lung, and colorectal
  • 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime
  • Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer among women even though it is the 11th most common cancer in women.

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Read about how MSF made a difference in Mexico by providing assistance to immunize babies

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Read an IMPACT STORY on how MSF is helping women access breast health care for uninsured women.