A lot of people think about giving to charity. They want to make a difference but often they can’t decide where to put their hard earned money and then they end up not making the commitment, especially when they begin to worry that the effect of their contribution is intangible.
When you sponsor a child though, the impact of your money is both far reaching and profound. These are the top 5 benefits that occur when you sponsor a child.
- You Help Lots Of Other People.
The money you give when you sponsor a child doesn’t go directly to the child or their family. That kind of distribution can actually cause problems within communities as people can feel resentful as they aren’t receiving support. Instead your monthly donation goes into a fund for the country your child lives in. This money is then used to fund projects in their communities and across the country. Statistically, for every child sponsored a further 55 see the benefits.
- You’re Empowering People.
There’s a tendency to see charity as just giving hand outs to people in a crisis and some people even come to see it as trapping people in a cycle of dependency. That couldn’t be further from the truth when you sponsor a child. Your money does help provide disaster relief in the event of crises, but the majority goes on development projects that help communities and individuals take charge of their own future, giving them a sense of pride and fulfilment.
- You’re Helping Support Child Rights.
One of the major problems around the world, particularly in the poorer countries, is a failure to acknowledge and support child rights. This means that children suffer a variety of abuses that inhibit their growth and development, whether that’s lack of education due to discrimination, child labour or practices such as female genital mutilation. When you sponsor a child your money helps fund initiatives to protect children and educate communities about child rights.
- You’re Helping Create A Healthy Future.
In the world’s poorest countries children go without adequate food, clean water and medical care. The result is high levels of infant mortality and illness. By choosing to sponsor a child you’re helping build water sources, hygiene facilities and medical centres as well as train staff and fund education projects.
- You’re Ending Poverty.
The cycle of poverty is hard to break because it’s a complex and multi-faceted issue. Just throwing money at it isn’t the cure because many problems that create poverty are due to attitudes and social structures that reinforce the cycle. How can a woman secure meaningful and well paid work if she’s denied education as a girl and certain careers are denied her based on her gender? To sponsor a child is to make a huge contribution to ending poverty because your money helps fund projects and initiatives that provide infrastructure, training and education, and also works to change attitudes and laws that keep people trapped in a life of poverty.
These are the incredible benefits that occur when you sponsor a child. Don’t think that your money can’t have an impact because it will, in ways that are bigger than you think. And the longer you put it off the more likely you’ll convince yourself not to sponsor a child.
To find out more about how you can make a difference and to sponsor a child click here to visit Plan UK today http://www.plan-uk.org/sponsor-a-child/
This is a promotional post to help raise awareness. Images from Savva via Flickr.