The children’s shelter at PIO has become a critical program for 72 children. These children would be homeless and denied education and a safe place to live if it were not for the shelter at PIO. Many would end up begging on the street or recruited into the slave trade. The need for a shelter was identified in 2009 after PIO had many children or the childrens relatives approach PIO asking to take their children to take care of them as they were too poor to do so. Many of the children in PIO’s care have lost both parents or come from families who are simply too poor to take care of them. Sometimes they come from broken families where a new parent is uninterested in raising a child from a previous marriage. All the children in the shelter have 3 meals a day, a safe place to sleep and attend the nearby PIO school.