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Cutest Thank You Ever

by admin |

Child Sponsorship, Ways to Give

Here it is. A very cute thank you from kids around the world for their Compassion International Sponsorship.

If you want to sponsor a child, visit the page below to start. Sponsorship is $38 a month and provides food, clean water, medical care, educational opportunities and the good news about Jesus Christ. When you sponsor a child, you’ll receive your child’s photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet.

When children find out they’ve been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.

Is Your Money Really Doing Any Good?

by admin |

Child Sponsorship, Ways to Give

If you have ever written a check to answer the call to help those who need it in some other country, then like me, you probably wonder what really happened to it. You probably wondered if it is really doing any good and if the people that needed it ever even got it. Well, yesterday, I just learned about a really cool video that answered this question in a very satisfying way.

It is the video of a young women meeting her sponsor for the first time after 15 years.

Through Compassion International sponsorship, Rafonzel Fazon was was able to escape her life of poverty and attend a University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At a Compassion International conference, she was asked to be a guest speaker and tell everyone what sponsorship had done for her. As a surprise, Compassion brought her sponsor there to watch the talk and then surprise her by meeting her for the first time.

It is very touching. The beginning has an intro that is a little long. The meeting starts at the 35 second mark.

Mercy Me Discusses Child Sponsorship

by Melissa Chang |

Missions Organizations, Poverty, Ways to Give

Maybe you are interested in missions, or going overseas one day, but do you know that you can have an overseas impact right now, from wherever you are? It’s called child sponsorship.

I am sure you have heard an ad or seen a presentation at some point, but watch this great video from Mercy Me about their experience with child sponsorship. All the band members of Mercy Me sponsor children through Compassion International from all over the world. Some members have even had the opportunity to meet their sponsored children in person.

Here, they discuss what they have learned and what they have gained from their experience.

If you are interested in learning more, visit Compassion International or World Vision.

Kiva: Loans That Change Lives

by Melissa Chang |

Ways to Give

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The other day I was watching TV, and Bill Clinton came on, talking about Kiva. I had never even heard of it, so I decided to check it out. Turns it, it is pretty cool.

Kiva is like a matchmaking site connecting those who need loans with those who are willing to lend. You don’t have to be part of a big organization. You don’t even have to have a lot of money. The minimum loan is just $25.  The site even allows several people to pool their money until the recepient’s loan is met.

You just go online and search through the profiles of all the people who need a micro-loan. It shows you a picture of them, tells you where they are from, what they need the loan for, and how much they need. You just pick one and click to send them a certain amount of money. It isn’t even really a donation because most loans are eventually paid back.

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The greatest thing about this site is that it makes microfinancing fun. It makes is personal. Instead of waiting for some other people to do this, anyone can get on the action.  For example, I can go searching throught the profiles and decide I want to give a woman in Kenya 25 dollars to buy a cart so she can sell bread from it.  I get to monitor my giving and see when she starts to repay the loan. I could also decide to give to the couple in Cambodia wanting to sell pigs, or the family in Pakistan looking to start a grocery.

You can even give someone a Kiva gift certificate. Instead of just making a donation in someone’s name, they can actually use the gift certificate to get personally involved.

Can’t Go? Give.

by Melissa Chang |

Malaria Prevention, Poverty, Ways to Give, World Vision

Not everyone can go around the world helping others. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an impact and actually change the lives of those you may never meet on the other side of the globe. Here are some creative ways you can help change the world by giving.

water well Clean Water
Women and girls in developing communities often spend a large portion of their day fetching water for their families — water that may not even be clean. Your gift to the Clean Water Fund will help provide resources such as safe, protected wells, hand pumps, and latrines to improve sanitation. You’ll be safeguarding the health of mothers, children, and entire communities by minimizing waterborne illness. Plus, you’ll give mothers more time to care for their families, and girls the time they need to attend school.

microfinance loanMicrofinance Loan
Put strength in the hands of an impoverished woman with a small loan she can use to start or expand a business — the income from which can help feed, clothe, and educate her children. As loans are repaid, the funds are used to provide new loans to others. Your gift today can be recycled to literally hundreds of women in years to come!

Clothing for Children
Countless children are suffering from colds, influenza, and even pneumonia because they lack one simple thing: warm clothes. You can help deliver urgently needed outerwear to protect these children from the deadly elements. The poorest of the poor have only tattered rags, or even no clothes to wear at all.

education in africaEducation for a Child
“My children used to be chased away from school because they didn’t have school fees or uniforms,” says Virginie of Rwanda. Your gift can help pay school fees or provide essentials like uniforms, textbooks, backpacks, and school supplies such as notepaper, scissors, pens and pencils, and crayons — helping ensure that one child has what he or she needs to come and learn.

Malaria Prevention
Malaria kills nearly a million children and adults each year. While life-saving preventive measures are inexpensive by U.S. standards, they are out of reach for poor families in malaria-prone regions, who must watch helplessly as their children suffer. Your gift will provide bed nets to keep mosquitoes away from one family as they sleep — plus critical education for malaria prevention and control.

world vision childGlobal Food Crisis
Every seven seconds a hungry child dies. As food prices soar, the poorest populations — especially children — suffer most.

“I am meeting families in the villages, who, for years, have been surviving on a diet of naan and chai, or bread and tea, alone. Today, they can no longer afford the bread … It’s an unfathomable situation.”
—Mary Kate MacIsaac, World Vision communications manager, Herat, Afghanistan

There are so many ways to give, and your donations can remove suffering, create hope, and change futures. Change a life.

All photos are courtesy of World Vision.

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