Disturbing facts about the world’s children
Forty-two percent of Russian youths say they’ve tried to commit suicide.
Eighty-two percent of teenagers in Colombia spent less than an hour a week talking to parents about something that matters to them.
And in the ironically named Free State, Africa, 21 percent of children have lost at least one parent, many of them to AIDS.
Those and other findings are in Spiritual State of the World’s Children, a massive new database created by OneHope, in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Originally created to help direct OneHope work — printing and distributing Bible portions to children — the database is now being offered to everyone. The “official” launch is supposed to be on International Youth Day, Aug. 12, but it’s already up in a beta version.
You have to register to use the site, but it’s free. Registration lets you pull down a list of the 22 countries OneHope has finished thus far (their goal is 60 nations by 2011). Click a nation, and you’ll see a list including not only a 17-page .pdf report, but often photos, videos and a quick-facts table.
Downloading is surprisingly roundabout, though. If you click an item, you get just a blank page. You have to click the “Add to My Clips” icon, then open that section and download. Why not just download from the previous page?
Another refinement would be to add a map on each section showing where the nation is. There are maps in the .pdf reports, but you can see them only after three extra clicks.
That said, the site is a clear credit to the generosity of OneHope. The group trusts other organizations to use the info responsibly, and for the benefit of children.