On My Own
What could be more difficult than not having a family to call your own? As if growing up with a single parent wasn’t hard enough, feeling all alone in the earliest and most important formative years of your youth is a challenge that not many of us could even begin to imagine.
Sadly, UNICEF estimates that there are some 132 million children across the world growing up as orphans, though only 13 million are believed to be living without any family members.
Regardless, there is an orphan crisis in the world, and far too many of these don’t turn into happy endings, despite the popular plight of famous literary and cinematographic orphans like Oliver, Annie, or Anastasia. In the real world, millions of these orphans are nameless, faceless, and completely anonymous, even to those around them.
While programs exist to get orphans into safe and supportive families or homes, not all of them get adopted after doing their time in the foster cycle. These are their stories.