Help Save Children in Pakistan
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a populous, Muslim-majority country in South Asia. It was brought into being as part of the partition of British India in 1947. Civil war erupted in 1971, with the eastern part of the country seceding to become the independent state of Bangladesh.
Progress in Pakistan has been hindered by continuing political unrest, violence and economic stagnation, and relations with its neighbors India and Afghanistan are often troubled.
Currently, Pakistan is home to an estimated 500,000 children who are internally displaced due to conflict and natural disaster – and it hosts another 1 million refugees from Afghanistan.
Children make up over 48% of Pakistan’s population, but benefit from very little public investment, resulting in grave violations of their rights.
Challenges for Children in Pakistan
Every child deserves to grow up healthy, educated and safe. Amidst conflict, poverty and high rates of child mortality, malnutrition and illiteracy, Pakistani children need your help to realize the rights and achieve their potential. Tragically, Pakistan is among the top 10 countries with the highest preterm birth rate.
- 1 child in 14 dies before their 5th birthday, 10 times the U.S. rate
- 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
- 35% of children are out of school, and 53% of girls (age 15+) struggle to read and write
- 14% of girls (ages 15-19) are married, and 1 in 26 gives birth
- 6 in every 100,000 children is murdered
- 30% of people live in poverty