As one of the United Nations Specialized Agencies tasked with ending poverty and homelessness around the world, the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency is working to drastically change the way that orphans are cared for, treated and to make certain that viable scholastic and vocational training programs are in place for those that need it the most. The children are the future of the world that we live in and whether they grow up in the most privileged of environments or in the poorest nations on earth, they will be equally responsible for building the world of tomorrow. As such, there is almost a sacred duty to insure that all of the children of the world have every available opportunity to improve their lives while they are still young and un-jaded and before they are sent out into the world on their own. As such, it is important to remember that an orphanage is not just some place to dump unwanted riff-raff, but a location where young, free minds can be encouraged to grow. An orphanage that is just an orphanage can never completely fulfill this requirement, so as is so often the case, GIDIFA has taken a more comprehensive, systemic and long-term approach to find viable solutions that last.
The United Nations has many different specialized agencies working with orphans and children around the globe. In far too many cases however, the efforts lead to little more than the development of a dependency class that feels it is entitled to the meager social benefits provided to them. Many of the current programs offering supplemental supplies and materials are often hijacked and controlled by people in power who use this as nothing more than an additional tool in some cases to oppress and in some cases to control the underclass citizens. Other programs provide little more than subsistence goods without any opportunity to improve the situation of those who are most in need of that help. These subsistence goods are frequently utilized as little more than an additional source of “income” and are sold or traded, leaving the families of these recipients in the very same dire straits they came from. A complete, comprehensive, integrated and systemic approach is necessary in order to provide the care, the education and the opportunity that is needed if these people are to have any real chance to enjoy prosperity or even merely to improve their position in life.
Despite many popular misconceptions, orphans come from all walks of life. It may be more common for the children of the poor and the destitute to end up on the street, but orphanages are a good start for giving these kids a chance. Unfortunately, there are not enough orphanages in the world to house all of the orphans in the world … yet. Even if there were however, more needs to be done in order to insure that these children have both the necessary education and the opportunity to succeed when they are “let loose” into the world. Education is easy enough … or should be at least.
Some orphans around the world have education available to them and some do not. Even in those cases where there is some access to education, the educational system in place is often lacking and there is no incentive or encouragement. Thus, there is no reason for the children to make a concentrated effort to succeed. The inclusion of state-of-the-art, modern schools as part of the solution is one step to help insure success. However, these should not be just any ordinary old school but one of the educational systems designed to maximize results including critical thinking skills, problem-solving and hands-on experience.
The schools will be built in, on or near the same grounds where the orphanages are built. Very precise aptitude batteries will be utilized to determine the areas where each individual student will have a better chance of success and the students will be encouraged to study within those fields of interest that best promote their existing or inherent skills. The curricula will be fully customized so that each and every student will have a unique, customized curriculum based on their skills and what they have expressed an interest to study and learn. The schools will run the full spectrum from pre-kindergarten classes all the way through to University and post-graduate studies. Subsidized as they will be through the Internal financing of GIDIFA programs, these schools will be made available free of charge to the children houses in the orphanages as well as to other underclass citizens who live in the general vicinity. (This is why some of the educational centers will be built within the orphanage itself and some on the same or surrounding grounds in the same general area. In this way, even more under-privileged students will have an opportunity to learn) While that may be a laudable approach, it is not complete.
One of the most tragic realities facing orphans around the world these days is the widespread abuse. While there may not be any sure method for preventing abuse, it can be detected early and the abusers held to account while those who have been abused are given immediate care and support. In order to accomplish this, it is going to be necessary to have hospital facilities close by and a regular program of health care and preventative care so that the children are capable of growing up healthy and strong. These hospitals will also serve as Vocational training and Internship where students can go to study as they gain experience through Intern Programs and where people in technical trades can go to gain work experience as well. Like the schools, the hospitals will be fully subsidized by the GIDIFA Financial Authority in such a manner so as to allow for the provision of free health and medical care1 to the orphans as well as to the other underclass citizens living in the local area. (Medical care programs will be extended as possible to the entire population though this will require a massive increase in facilities, trained staff and cooperation with existing locations so that they can continue to profit while providing low-cost or free medical care) It must not be forgotten however, that part of the good health and well-being of everybody is eating well, so there will also be facilities on site for the production of food.
Despite so many current efforts to teach people to the test, the current methods of teaching in most locations has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that it is not well-suited to creating a well-educated and knowledgeable citizenry. Since education is the key to fully eradicating poverty, the educational system was built again using integrated, complex, systemic solutions to provide for long-term success. A good portion of that system revolves around many different vocational and technical training courses. Since the Philippines is by all rights, a very agricultural nation, it seems only right that sustainable agricultural practices be utilized in these training programs. Current methods of agriculture allow for agricultural production that sees an average of seventeen hectares of growth (using the old, outdated agricultural methods) in a single hectare of land. Many similar (if not equally impressive) methods also now exist for the growth of livestock as well. Affordability?
That food which is produced locally will be provided to the residents of the local community as well as to the guests, patients and others staying in the local facilities free of charge, again, being supplemented by the GIDIFA Financial Authority through its economic stabilization and internal trade programs.2 Some would submit however, that all of this is effectively irrelevant without some manner of social interaction as well.
It is hoped that, even if on a somewhat smaller scale, these programs will be socially active communities, there is another group of individuals some of whom, in their own rights, have every bit as much to contribute to these orphans as their teachers and other mentors. The aged and sometimes even the infirm can provide mentoring to even the most troubled youths. Now granted, social interaction will have to take its course naturally, but regardless, there will be homes for the aged and infirm in addition to homes for the mentally challenged wherein they can receive proper care, have complete medical attention nearby and hopefully, interact with those youth who for all other intents, lack any real family ties of their own.
In the case of the mentally ill, interaction probably would not be an ideal solution, though there is certainly every bit of room for improvement in the care and the treatment that they receive. For the aged and infirm however, the opportunity to interact with the youth and the opportunity for these sometimes troubled, sometimes just lonely and forgotten youth to interact on a more familial level will hopefully serve as a means to bridge more than just the age gap. While many of the youths who have been abandoned, forsaken and otherwise forgotten may never really admit it, there are many instances when all they crave is the opportunity to belong to something bigger than just themselves. Rather than leaving room for gangs and other negative influences, efforts will be made to integrate the young and the old under carefully supervised conditions and hopefully, create more changes that will have a positive impact for generations to come.
Along with all of this, there will have to be a certain level of infrastructure built as well. All of the relevant infrastructure will be put into place during the planning stages so that the community can function as a whole societal unit. Meetings will be held with the local community given voice to what is happening and allowing for local input so as to provide a mostly seamless transition as the surrounding community inevitably grows in size and scope. The corporations owned in whole or in part by the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency will work hand-in-hand with the local populations to insure a mutually beneficial and prosperous period of growth for all involved.
1It is presumed at the time of this writing that there will be a one-percent co-pay that will be the responsibility of the individual seeking medical care. While this will in fact will be a cost, it will be negligible at best even for emergency care and long-term care programs as may become necessary.
2Individual programs and program structures will be established and put in place to stabilize the local economic system and to negate any negative impact such programs may have on the local markets. Local markets may or may not be subsidized and/or otherwise funded if it is deemed necessary to prevent any negative impact on the local economy and the local population.