Do you have a charity you support? I support a bunch of charities including Children International, a sponsor of the program as well. Today 4/12/11 is their one-day “Beat poverty” campaign. I’ve actually been involved with them for a number of years and have seen their work in action. I traveled to the Dominican Republic, where I support about 60 kids and I got to see firsthand how they affect children’s lives every day and it’s really incredible.
Let me give you a run down of some of the things they do. Besides connecting individual sponsors with individual children around the world , they currently support over 335,000 impoverished children in 11 countries: Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States, and Zambia.
They provide children with medical care, dental care, and educational support to help them break free from the cycle of poverty and to lead healthy meaningful lives in their communities and beyond. I’m talking great health care: regular medical checkups and medication, access to dental care, malnutrition screening and treatment, and emergency aid when needed.
They provide education: clothing, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, tuition, tutoring, textbooks, and school supplies. In addition to that they support Youth Development: vocational opportunities, team-building activities, and leadership training for teens so that children can become strong capable adults.
They also give family and community assistance providing; bedding and household supplies, home repairs, clean-water projects, community-improvement projects, and micro-enterprise loans. Then there are also 76 centers serving 5,000 children in impoverished communities. Each center has a medical clinic, dental clinic, meeting room, computer lab, library, and safe playgrounds. It’s amazing and definitely a worthwhile charity to support.
You yourself could actually sponsor a child for about $24 a month really amazing. You think we have poverty in the United States, but it’s nothing compared to the rest of the world. I have actually seen kids go off to college because of the opportunities afforded by Children International and it really works. They have figure out a system that gets the job done. I encourage you to check them out. Visit www.children.org to learn more, or to sponsor a child of your own.