All over the world, disease, hunger, war and abuse threaten the lives of children, as well as environmental disasters that strip them of their homes and their loved ones.
Child sponsorship can help lift a child out of poverty and despair. By showing them that someone cares, and giving them the tools to succeed, child sponsorship can and does make a real difference to children and communities in the developing world.
Child sponsorship is also inexpensive. Just 50 pence a day can support community projects that are necessary to improving children’s quality of life. Various charities such as Plan UK run child sponsorship programmes all over the world, and the results are truly outstanding.
Unlike other forms of charity, child sponsorship is personal. Due to this, it is of even more benefit to the child due to the psychological impact made by someone many miles away caring about their well-being. This emotional connection motivates and inspires children to make something from themselves, helping them to resist the onslaught of depression in difficult circumstances.
Letters, photos and gifts all help a sponsor to create a powerful bond with their sponsored child. As well as this, such a commitment means that sponsors get to see the impact their contributions have made directly from their sponsored child. The encouragement, hope and even love that these children receive transforms them, and can save their lives.
As well as this, such support lifts up the whole community, through projects such as well renovation, improved nutrition and healthcare, education resources and agricultural tools. All of this is necessary so that not only can children grow up strong and healthy, but so that their community as a whole can develop and become independent from poverty.
However, child sponsorship does not only benefit the sponsored child. Once a sponsor contributes to a child’s life in this way, an entirely new world is opened up to them. Sponsors learn about the importance of their contributions as well as learning what life in a developing country is really like. This experience often has an enormous impact, encouraging sponsors to get their friends and families involved in sponsorship, thus helping even more children and more communities.
Child sponsorship is not about a short-term hand-out. Instead, it is about ongoing support to children and their communities, allowing such communities to flourish to the point at which they no longer need outside support. Sustainable development is one of the best ways of ensuring that children in developing countries do not face poverty for the rest of their lives.
To learn more about child sponsorship and the impact it has on a child’s daily life please visit Plan UK at www.plan-uk.org/sponsor-a-child.
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