Donating clothes or toys to children is very noble. However, sponsoring a child is much better. Most people think that sponsoring is a hassle but in reality, it’s not. Sponsoring just costs around $2 (about 90 Philippine Peso or 2,230 South Korean Won) a day and that would make a difference in the life of a child living in places that don’t have the proper resources for a person to grow up properly.
In 2013, the U.S. has given a total amount of $335.17 billion to charity. However most of that money is spent on a one-time use that only helped an individual temporarily. When you sponsor a kid, you are helping a child get proper nutrition and healthcare until he or she is old enough to work. Sponsorship is like being a long-distance parent to a kid who isn’t as fortunate as those living in first or second-world countries.
Apart from food and medicine, the $2 donation that sponsors give everyday ensures a sponsored kid with necessities such as school uniforms and warm blankets for cold seasons. Unakids, a charity that aids children in areas with political strife, even offers children the choice if they want to continue into advanced studies or university-level training or trade apprenticeships, which is rather similar to what people get in the U.S. The $2 donation goes a long way and it’s much better than giving a one-time relief.
There’s a saying that goes something like, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This saying cannot be truer when sponsoring a child. So if you find it in your heart to become a foster parent to a kid who might discover someday the cure for cancer or some other incurable sickness, definitely consider sponsorship.
written for My Rocking Cradle by Mary Lewis