This is a tougher problem than most people suspect. The lack of a solution does not come simply from apathy. For instance, lots of money has been sent to places like Haiti but it is not getting into the right hands. This means that one’s donations and empathy need the additional clout of a police or military force to get the attention of greedy and self-interested individuals who want to profit by human suffering.
If the money does get to the right people, innocent children will indeed get food in their bellies and a roof over their heads. Everyone understands that at least this is a good start for a child to have a fair chance in the world. But if a child’s parents have died as a result of some environmental calamity or human injustice, that saved child will still need to be brought up in an environment of love. Otherwise, the child will begin to starve on a deeper psycho-spiritual level and become emotionally crippled. So food and shelter is not enough for the child to truly be saved.
Caring for innocent children must take place in both an external environment and in the internal environment of the heart and mind (with spiritual food and shelter).
What is unknown to most of the world, and uniquely communicated by scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, is that during a child’s first years, God collects all the tender experiences a child receives from caring parents or adults and forms a plane (matrix) deep within his or her young mind where heavenly and angelic influences can get a foothold. Swedenborg called this plane the “remains” and it is kept protected and dormant until the child matures and is ready for spiritual growth as a reasoning adult.
But since that “saved” child must grow up in the abnormal conditions of a flawed human society, something goes wrong with this divine plan. Instead of cultivating sincerity and innocence—which is necessary for making contact with one’s God-given remains and allows them to assist in the rebirth and development of a spiritual being—the child instead learns from the world how to counterfeit goodness. The child accomplishes this by dividing his or her mind into inner and outer functions. This allows the maturing and growing child to present a mask to the world while hiding their often contradictory, innermost motives.
This situation is worse for a child than suffering physical starvation, because it destroys innocence. Heaven consists of innocence.
So saving innocent children requires both temporal and non-temporal (eternal) considerations.
Since much of this is new, and perhaps, counter-intuitive information, my next book will expand on these important themes. Stay tuned.