One Each Story x Millions

Joseph’s last memory of his mother was of her holding him on her lap and giving him a piece of sugar cane. His mother died shortly after of AIDS, leaving him in the care of an aunt. Having too many children to care for herself and hoping that Joseph could have a better life, his aunt took him to an orphanage outside of Kampala, Uganda. There, at the age of 3, Joseph was stripped of his family, any knowledge of his history and of his identity.

Starving not just physically, but emotionally, Joseph craved a loving family. A high-energy little boy, he felt imprisoned within the walls of the orphanage. One out-burst after another led to merciless beatings by the caregivers. At the age of 11, Joseph escaped the orphanage, hoping for freedom on the streets. This was short-lived, however, after he was caught stealing.  Having no birth registration or family history, Joseph was sent by police back to the very orphanage that abused him. Today, Joseph waits, with many others, to belong to a family.  He is not sure what a true, loving family is, but he knows he wants one more than anything else.  Take Joseph’s story and multiply it by 200+ million, a rough estimate of the number of children living outside family care or at risk. While the context of each child’s story is different, the plight remains the same: a child separated from his or her family can be invisible to the rest of the world.

Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF, articulates the motivation behind Each Inc.’s vision. “If there is a single and affordable piece of work to be done to…track progress for children, it is getting every child born, everywhere, an indelible legal record of his or her birth,” said Bissell.

As long as a child lacks identifying records, finding solutions in the best interests of the child remains challenging.  Currently there is no easy way to collect and guard basic information about each child’s identity, history and status.

In response to the major gaps in global efforts to care for and protect highly vulnerable children, Each Inc. is seeking to build strategic capacity and provide technology support for child care practitioners.

In Joseph’s case, with Each Inc.’s intervention, his caregivers may have been able to find a better solution for him if they had easy access to his identity and family history information.  Joseph might have been adopted or reunited with other relatives at a younger age and been able to live a healthier life.

Not the typical non-profit, Each Inc. sits at the intersection of business technologies and child welfare and protection services. Each Inc., with the help of its technology partner, Transcompute, is developing new technologies to track these children.

You are invited to join Each Inc. and our partners in investing in this bold vision.

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