September 20, 2011 in Simple Compassion
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I want to share a simple way that my family has been involved in making a powerful difference. For the last 3ish years we have sponserd 2 children through World Vision.
First off I have a huge burden for those in 3rd world countries. There are evils and poverty in our country, but here there are programs everywhere for food and medical. Clean water and education are amazingly easy to come by no matter who you are or where you are. In other countries it isn’t this way. Lack of clean water, food and basic medical attention kill millions of people. The education that could help pull them out of the cycle is often something they can’t get, don’t have time to get, or are too weak to get. We did nothing to deserve where we were born and they did nothing to deserve where they were born. In the world, we are all family and we should do all we can to help each other.
What is neat about world vision is the connection. We picked 2 children, matching ages and genders with our own as close as we could and have been able to write back and forth and learn about how they are benefiting from our support. We know that these children will grow up to get the education that can give lasting help to their community.
Let me introduce you to our kids:
Juster(below)-Juster is a 7-year-old girl in Malawi. She seems shy, but likes to draw us pictures and is doing well in school. Her aunt writes us letters because she isn’t old enough to write yet. As she does more school I am looking forward to seeing letters from her. Last Christmas we sent extra money and she was able to get several things including a metal storage container to keep the bugs from destroying her blankets, cloths and a goat. We send $35 for Juster every month and a world vision worker checks on her everyday because she is high risk. She is a Hope Child.
Phochland(seen at the top of the post)-Phochland is a little 4-year-old boy with lots of older siblings living in northeast India. Still to old to do school or write he has done a few simple drawings or colorings for us and we send him lots of stickers. He loves playing ball and is very healthy. Last Christmas, with some extra money we sent, world vision purchased a bike for his dad. We send $30 a month for Phochland and the world vision worker checks on him every week.
These are my additional kids. It has been a great experience for our whole family. Lily and Ian both write letters and pick out stickers and treats to send. We would love to visit them someday.
In this world we can’t fix all the problems, and it seems overwhelming when we hear all the terrible struggles people face. I love that I can do something for someone. These kids, their families and their communities benefit from a small amount that is automatically withdrawn out of my account each month.
Will you help too? Will you find a kid to help? It is super easy, pick and kid and set up automatic withdrawal and they take it from there. If you have time, when you remember, you can send a note, but your money is working even when you don’t think about it.
My reason for writing this article is two-fold. First, I think all kids deserve a chance no matter where they are born, and I believe World Vision does a great job of offering sustainable help to communities.
Second, if I can convince 5 of you to sign up by the end of Sep to sponsor a child I get entered in a drawing for a trip to Peru. So, if you sign up, send me an e-mail with your name and your sponsored childs ID number :) I would also love to hear how it is going as you sponsor your child.
This is such a great opportunity. As much as I would love to fly over to some of these countries and try to help, I can’t figure out a good way now. What my small contribution does every month provides the practical, educated, lasting help that I can’t physically give. It is a blessing to be involved, simple to , and a bargain!
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