Are those so called precious metals more valuable than the life and potential of those children? no
would it cost fortunes to reach out and actively ensure these children grow to their full potential and contribute to society? no
Does anyone have to risk their lives to pull these children out of these conditions? no
but yet we find it more worthy of our time to do this for non-living stones. This is not to say the resources pulled from mines are not necessary, but aren't our most precious resource the people around us who have the potential to create products, provide services and discover things that help all of us live better lives.
It's all because the human race has little respect for itself.
we don't think we are worth taking a chance on so we don't think they are either. We don't think that our life and existence alone is worthy of fortunes, we feel we need shiny stones from the earth to complete us.
this is why although we have found a way to invest in almost anything else and make it profitable thus scalable(even things that are only virtual and don't really exists), no one takes the time to invest in other people and make it profitalbe, so everyone can join in.
When we learn to turn helping other people into profits, then maybe the rich and wealthy will pay attention and finally start doing something about the thousands of children dying for no good reason.