There are so many ways to help children in Africa and so many non-profit agencies both at home and abroad who provide opportunities to each of us to help these children.
I choose to help orphans mainly through the Missions of Hope whenever I can. But recently I also took on sponsorship of several boys through Compassion International's Canadian office. My sponsorship involvement is very new so I haven't received a letter from one of my boys yet.
First I sponsored little Peter.
Peter is 6 years old and lives near Nakuru, Kenya. I didn't get a chance to visit Peter when I travelled to Kenya. My sponsorship was too new for the organization to prepare everything in time for my visit. I am hopeful that I can visit Peter some day.
Two weeks after I sponsored little Peter, I felt led to sponsor John.
Doesn't John's smile just grab you? I really felt a connection with him and especially upon learning he lives in the slums near Nairobi. I also hope to visit little John in future.
During the process of learning more about Compassion and its sponsors, I learned that there are also many children who have sponsors but these sponsors do not write to them for whatever reason. For example, a company might sponsor a child or several children but not assign anyone to write to these children.
I found out that volunteers are needed to correspond with these kinds of children who don't have anyone to write to them. Through letters a child is shown love and care and can receive the encouragement to overcome the challenges they face. The benefit to you and me is that we can take on child sponsorship in a budget friendly manner.
After only a month or so of waiting, I received an information package in the mail. The package sent along a photo of the little 10 year old boy I will correspond with in Ethiopia. His name is Haile.
I am only permitted to send letters, cards and flat paper items to sponsored children in the mail.
I've already sent Peter a card for Christmas and a photo and information about me and will need to send similar information to John and Haile (minus the Christmas cards). I also plan to send all three boys a postcard "fun" map of Canada and some "Canadian stickers".
I am very excited to embark on this new addition to my support of children in Africa. I look forward to a long association with these young boys and hope to be a positive influence on them.
In closing, I want to encourage any of my readers to please check out children on the Compassion International website for your country and consider sponsoring a child. There are so many who need sponsorship. If you really do not have the funds to sponsor a child would you please consider taking on a correspondence child? You simply write to the Compassion office in your country and let them know of your interest in writing to a "correspondent child". Can you imagine the excitement a small child has when they get a letter from a stranger across the world? A stranger who takes an active interest in who they are and encourages them throughout their childhood years. It is a simple joy we can have in life to bring joy to others and to receive joy in their joy.