In sub-Saharan regions of Africa, around 20 percent of the population under 18 is considered orphaned. In the entire continent of Africa, there are an estimated 52 million orphans. With approximately 140 million orphans in the world, Africa’s 52 million make up more than 30 percent of the entire orphan population.
Many orphans have no support and are forced to fend for themselves as well as their siblings. This includes maintaining a household, providing food and working to support themselves as well as fund education and medical costs. Yet, because of their young age, orphans are often unable to find any kind of stable income.
With donor support, COPAF is able to provide adequate funding to existing orphanages by focuses on improving the health and well-being of the children and reducing the educational disparities that exists.