No matter how poor some families are in the UK, their plight pales by comparison with that of so many in under-developed countries where even basics like food, water and healthcare cannot be taken for granted. This is why so many people are moved to donate a little of what they have to try and alleviate the situation. It is easy to just give up and ask yourself what difference you can make to such a massive problem but, by combining your efforts with those of millions of like-minded donors around the world, you are steadily helping to win the war on poverty and extreme deprivation.
Of course, there are still millions living in dire conditions but the number is falling all the time as the relentless work of charities based in the developed world gradually begins to bear fruit. Increasingly it looks as though many people are turning to the idea of child sponsorship as the most effective and mutually fulfilling way of contributing to this effort. Putting money into collecting tins on flag days is not a very personal way of going about things and there is always that doubt as to how much actually finds its way to the coal face.
The great benefit of supporting one of the child sponsorship charities is that you will be actually able to see the difference your support makes at first hand. Sponsorship allows you to connect with a specific child in need and make a profound difference to that child’s life, family and community. Your sponsored child will know your name, write to you and receive benefits like clean water, nutritious food, healthcare and educational opportunities. Just as important is the boost a child receives knowing that he or she has a sponsor from another country who really cares. As the years go by, donors will see from photographs and regular correspondence exactly how they have, quite simply, made a childs life so much better.
Sponsored children tend to keep and treasure the cards and letters they have received from their sponsors. Many of them relate how they often pray for their sponsors and thank God for the blessings their families have received because of this generosity from a foreign land.
Experienced child sponsorship charities have found that, by and large, while each child is individually sponsored, it is better that actual donations are pooled with those of other sponsors to achieve something that provides sustainable benefits to the whole community. That way, no-one feels left out and there is no resentment. The underlying aim of the whole child sponsorship movement is to help children in poorer countries stand on their own two feet so that they, in turn, will one day be sufficiently skilled to provide their own assistance to the community.