Did you know more than three billion people in the world live on less than $2.50 per day? One billion children around the world live in poverty. Data from UNICEF shows that an average of 25,000 children under five die each day from preventable illnesses because of a lack of funds or access to health care. These statistics can feel extremely overwhelming, but here’s the good news. You may not be able to single-handedly change the world, but you can change the world for one child in need. Sponsoring a child provides them with physical, spiritual, economic, and educational needs. Below are four reasons to sponsor a child in need.
1. You discover a sense of purpose.
Deep within every human being is the desire to discover purpose – and there is no greater sense of purpose than knowing you are helping a child in need. When you sponsor a child, you don’t just bring them joy. You personally experience the joy of giving back. There’s something so powerful about helping someone who can’t ever repay you. Francis of Assisi put it this way, “For it is in giving that we receive.” When you sponsor a child, you can know for a fact that you’re making a powerful difference in that child’s life.
2. You change a child’s future forever.
When you sponsor a child, you’re not just filling their belly for the day. You’re doing so much more. Our child sponsorship program is designed to break the cycle of poverty in a child’s life by addressing their physical, spiritual, educational, and economic needs. Research shows that sponsored children are more likely to stay in school, attend college, gain employment, and become leaders in their communities. When you sponsor a child, you literally change the trajectory of a child’s life forever. That’s why we believe there is no greater investment a person can make than investing in the life of a child in need.
3. You develop a personal relationship with the child.
One of the best things about sponsoring a child is the opportunity to develop a relationship with them. You do this through writing letters to your child and receiving letters from them. You can also send and receive photos, stickers, or drawings. Writing to your child is as important as meeting their physical needs through your financial gift. It means the world to them knowing that someone loves them and believes in them. In some ways, your sponsored child feels like part of your extended family. If you have children of your own, you can write your sponsored child letters as a family. Ask him questions about his life and let him know you are praying for him.
4. You teach your own family how to be generous.
As parents, it can be challenging to raise your kids to be generous and to help others. Sponsoring a child is one of the best things you can do to model generosity to your kids. It’s a great way for them to participate in helping someone in need. Not only does sponsoring a child teach your kids financial generosity, but it helps them understand how to have compassion for those in need. It also teaches them how to have empathy for someone that they have never met in person. Writing letters to your sponsored child is also a great way for your child to discover the sense of purpose and joy that comes from helping someone who cannot repay you.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to sponsor a child. Not only is it guaranteed to change the child’s life for the better, but chances are it will also change your life for the better. Visit our Sponsor a Child page to see children waiting to be sponsored.