Divorce Hurts Children - China & India
- By Sam George
- Published 07/2/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
According to the report by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Chinese government, more than 1.9 million couples got divorced in China in 2006, an increase of 128,000 couples or 7 percent over the previous year. Between 1985 and 1995, the separation rate more than doubled; it had tripled by 2006.
In the name of progress and development, societies are cracking along its most susceptible faultlines. Families are being ripping apart and the next generation are growing up without the security of a safe home and caring adults. All our economic growth would mean nothing when our homes falls apart and leaves us with no sense of belonging in a increasingly strager world.
What happened few decades ago in the western society is begining to happen in developing nations. Break up of families in China and India are most obvious. Embracing free market capitalism and swelling prosperous middle class, also comes with the weakening within the most fundamental unit of society - family. A nation grows weaker when its families grow weaker. When we strengthen families, we strength communities and we build a stronger nation.