On May 6th I joined my 8 year old, sister and thousands of people around the globe for Team World Vision’s Global 6K for Water to help raise funds for World Vision’s water programs. It was such a great experience, and since there wasn’t a host site near my home we did it at a local park. I love that you can participate and make a difference from anywhere in the world. While we walked it was a great opportunity to talk to my little girl about the many things we have to be thankful for, and different ways we can help other families who aren’t as fortunate. Even if you couldn’t participate in the Global 6K for Water, you can still impact the whole life of a child – including providing access to clean water – through child sponsorship. This sponsored post is brought to you through my partnership with World Vision.
Why Sponsoring a Child is Important:
In some developing countries, people, usually the women and young girls, have to walk as much as 6 kilometers, or about 3.7 miles, every single day to get water for their families. The walk is long, dangerous and the water that the people get is usually contaminated with life threatening diseases. Can you imagine? We take so much for granted.
In Ethiopia alone, about 40 million people lack a clean water source and an estimated 70 million live without adequate sanitation. Providing clean and safe water to children and families around the world is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to poverty. Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Depending on each community’s needs, a sponsored child—and his or her entire community—benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, as well as healthcare clinics and immunizations.
Sponsoring a child is a personal, long-term way to get involved with World Vision and to show love to a child in need. The World Vision child sponsorship model allows for a one-on-one relationship with a sponsor, while pooling the gifts of all sponsors who support children in the same community to provide long-term resources for lasting change.
To sponsor a child it will cost you $39 per month – less in a month than most of us spend on our morning coffee. Your gift helps your sponsored child and their entire community, and your donation combines with gifts from all other sponsors who support kids in the same area. Translation? Long-term resources for everyone! Plus, every $1 donated equals $1.30 in impact, thanks to grants and product donations. That small amount you send each month has a huge impact on the life of a child in need and their community.
How to Sponsor a Child Through World Vision:
Find a child you want to help. When you visit World Vision’s Sponsor a Child page you’ll see pictures of children who are in need of a sponsor. Also, a video and profile that shares more about each child such as where they live, family information and personal challenges. It will even tell you how long that particular child has been waiting for a sponsor like YOU. Once you’ve chosen a child to sponsor, you can look forward to the first letter from your child within 6-12 weeks. It’s the start of a one-on-one relationship, and a fuller life for both of you. Something very special.
It doesn’t stop there. It is easy for you to stay connected for the important moments. The My World Vision digital experience lets you get regular updates, track community progress, and view photos of your child. You can even send them a letter through email.
The goal of World Vision sponsorship is to help your sponsored child and his or her community to break the cycle of poverty so they can step into the future with hope. Throughout an approximately 15-year involvement in communities, World Vision manages, monitors, and evaluates progress toward the community’s goals. When these goals are met, World Vision can move on to other communities to serve other children in need of help.
World Vision’s local staff make your donations go the extra mile. Children don’t get direct cash benefits. Better yet, the World Vision staff creates a sustainable plan for funds that keeps communities out of poverty, even once they’ve moved on to help friends living in another area.
Find more information on how to sponsor a child through World Vision.