Thursday, July 30, 2015

Prayer Child: Sumit

Hi everyone! Today I want to introduce you to a little boy in India who is waiting for a sponsor:

This is Sumit. He is 9 years old and lives with his mom, dad and three siblings. He lives in a remote village in the Himalayas, called Bareth. He lives in an area with a higher risk for exploitation and abuse, and he has been waiting 211 days for a sponsor.

For fun, Sumit likes to go for walks, do art, and play hide-and-seek. His chores at home include carrying water and caring for animals. He goes to school where is performance is average and also attends church and Vacation Bible School.

His Compassion project is called Agape Himalayan Kids Center. I am in contact with someone who helps at his project, and he sent me this picture of him teaching the kids at this project:

If you choose to sponsor Sumit, I may be able to send you some more pictures of his project and some of the kids there! :)
Please pray that Sumit will soon have a loving sponsor to encourage him. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

First Letters!

This has been a month of firsts for me. I have received two first letters from my newest (and youngest) correspondents! They are both sponsored by my family members, so I know I will be able to write to them for years to come :) Here is what I learned about them this month:

My parents have sponsored Kaveri since this past December, so I was pretty excited to finally hear from her! She is 5 years old and lives in India with her mom, dad, one brother and one sister. Her favourite colour is orange, and for fun she likes to run and play with toys. Her house is made of bricks. Her favourite food is vegetables and bread, and her best friend's name is Trupti. Her dad is a "driver" (I'm guessing maybe taxi driver?) and her mother maintains the home. The project worker who wrote this letter on her behalf says that Kaveri likes to pray to God and that "She is so happy in her life and with her family." I can't wait to get to know this little girl better in the years to come!

There wasn't room for Kaveri to draw a picture on this form letter, but it did include this neat feature:

I find that a little more helpful than the vague information on their location that we usually get with their child packs :)

I also got a first letter from Emanuel this month. He is 7 years old and lives in Bolivia with his parents and five siblings. His favourite meal is roast chicken, and his favourite food is pears. He likes to play with toy cars, and his best friend's name is Albaro. His tutor who wrote this letter on his behalf said that Emanuel was very happy to have news from me and my family. He says the weather in Bolivia is very cold. He also says that he is always asking the Lord to watch over me and bless me. So sweet! <3 Then he says goodbye "with lots of love and a big hug." He asks me to pray for his family, that they would always be united.

He also drew this picture!

Well, that's my update on my Compassion family for now. Has anyone else received a great first letter this month?

Monday, July 13, 2015

8 Great Gifts for under $40

Want to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty, but feel overwhelmed because everything seems to cost so much money? Want to help even just one person, but know that you cannot afford the cost of a monthly sponsorship? Fear not! Compassion Canada has a great gift guide called Gifts of Compassion, featuring gifts of various prices that you can purchase all year round! As a recently graduated college student, I know that, a lot of the time, finances are tight and we don't have hundreds of dollars to spend to help people even if we really want to. These gifts, though they may seem small to us, can make a huge difference for a child and their family. Here are 8 items in the Gifts of Compassion Catalog that are surprisingly affordable--they are all under 40 dollars! If you want more details about a particular gift, click on the highlighted text.

It only costs ten dollars to provide a child and their family in Tanzania with a mosquito net. Malaria is still a problem in many developing countries, and this simple gift can help even more people have a good night's sleep without worrying about being bitten and getting sick. This gift can literally save lives!

Another surprisingly affordable gift is a dental kit for a child in El Salvador. It only costs ten dollars to provide a child with items we so often take for granted, but are desperately needed.

Another great gift option is safety equipment for a sandal-making workshop in Ghana. Only fourteen dollars! This workshop will help teens learn skills that they can use to earn an income and provide for their families.

Did you know it only costs twenty-five dollars to help five people in Rwanda get tested for HIV and raise awareness to prevent spreading it? HIV/AIDS is a major health issue in many areas of Africa and this gift can help them through much-needed training and testing.

Another gift option for twenty-five dollars is providing books for a vocational training center in Uganda. Love to read? Share your love of books and support increased literacy by giving this gift!

Love to play? Share your enthusiasm for active fun with kids in Ethiopia by helping to build a playground for them! Many children living in poverty don't have any safe places to play, but this gift is starting to change that. It only costs thirty-one dollars!

Access to dental care can be expensive in Canada, but many of us as children have the opportunity to go at least once a year to maintain our dental health. Children living in poverty in El Salvador haven't been that lucky. Many have dental diseases, but this gift helps them by providing dental care for kids and training for parents to help their children maintain good dental health! It only costs 35 dollars to help these kids have healthy smiles :)

Many people in developing countries still do not have access to clean drinking water. For 35 dollars you can provide water systems, sanitary latrines and hand-washing stations for children and their families in Uganda.

So there you have it. Helping people living in poverty doesn't have to be crazily expensive! What's your favourite gift on this list?