Somewhere in a Developing Country, a Child Needs You
An electric train, a shiny red wagon, a little doll to hold. In industrialized countries around the world, Christmas is celebrated with toys, games, and an abundance of food. In developing countries, at Christmas time and all year long, children can only dream of such luxuries.
Millions of children suffering from the ravages of war, poverty, and disease have little to celebrate. No matter where in the world you live, there are many resources to help you sponsor a child in a developing country. For just a small amount of money and a few minutes of your time, you can help make life a little better for a child who lacks the creature comforts most of us take for granted.
Help a Child at Christmas…or Anytime
- Aquabox: Safe drinking water in the face of emergencies and natural disasters is one of the most difficult problems facing relief agencies. Children are among the most vulnerable survivors of disasters. Aquabox is a plastic tank and filter unit packed with the essentials needed after a disaster. Visit aquabox.org to find out how you can help.
- Fun Fundraising: Host a holiday party for family friends and ask your guests to bring a donation to your favorite children’s charity.
- Good Gifts: Choose from eight beautiful Christmas card designs to support causes like “Educate a Child in Africa” and “Send a Christmas Hamper.” Whenever you choose a gift at goodgifts.org your purchase also helps someone in a developing country.
- Operation Christmas Child: Visit samaritanspurse.org and build a gift shoebox filled with goodies to be sent to children in developing countries. It’s fun and only takes a few minutes.
- Oxfam: When you shop for Christmas gifts at oxfamunwrapped.com, a portion of the proceeds goes to help people work their way out of poverty. At checkout, you can also make a special donation that goes to help provide clean water, school lunches, or to help pay teacher salaries.
- Schools, Churches, and Local Charities: Local organizations often organize gift campaigns for children in developing countries. Some prefer monetary gifts and some handle distributing gifts overseas. Either way, they make giving easier.
In the world’s poorest countries, one in five children dies before the age of five. From our own comfortable lives, that’s hard to fathom. When you sponsor a child through a charity your donation makes you part of something big. By helping to provide safe drinking water and basic health care for poor communities, your sponsorship helps to improve the community in which your sponsored child lives. By supporting education, your donation helps to set the stage for a brighter future for those children – and for generations to come.
Wherever and however you choose to help, your generosity will be felt somewhere around the world – and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?